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Chicken Tenders

Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is crispy, easy and delicious! The trifecta of a good chicken recipe!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword breaded chicken tenders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306kcal
Author And Mitchell/Eating in the Middle


For the chicken--

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 egg whites or 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

For the Buttermilk Ranch--

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill plus 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set wire cooling rack over a large rimmed baking sheet. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small shallow bowl, whisk together the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and parmesan. In another small bowl, beat the egg whites.
  • Dredge each tender first in the egg whites, then in the bread crumbs, pressing to coat. Put the coated tenders on a plate as you go, repeating the dredging process until all the tenders are coated.
  • In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add ha;f the tenders and cook until golden brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown, another 3 minutes more. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan, and repeat the cooking process with the remaining tenders.
  • Bake until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
  • For the ranch dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Serve the warm chicken tenders with ranch on the side. {My kids used ketchup and BBQ sauce too. Yum yum!}


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 505mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 0.8mg