Cool Ranch Chicken Tenders

I love chicken tenders. Perfect as an appetizer or great as a meal with a side salad or side dish. My recipe is inspired by one of my followers, who sent me a recipe on Nacho Fried Chicken by Tastemade. My recipe is tenders, used cool ranch chips and I baked, not fried these tenders. Enjoy!


Ingredients:

1 package of chicken tenders, I had 8 in my package

Buttermilk

1 cup of flour

1 teaspoon or more of chili powder (more will give it more heat), if you do not like heat, use paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon of oregano

2 eggs, beaten

1 bag of Cool Ranch Dorritos

Ranch dipping sauce or your favorite dipping sauce


Place chicken tenders in a ziplock bag and cover with buttermilk. Place in refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 3 separate bowls, one with the eggs, one with flour and seasonings (whisk together) and one with Cool Ranch Dorritos, crushed.
Take tenders out of the buttermilk and shake off excess. Dip into eggs, dredge in flour, dip back into egg and roll in the Cool Ranch Dorritos.  Place into baking pan, do not over crowd your pan. Bake for 25 -30 minutes until chicken has come to temperature. (160 degrees for white meat) Serve with Ranch Dipping Sauce or your favorite sauce. Pictured here with my homemade ranch dressing.  Enjoy!


Homemade Parmesan Ranch Dressing
Ingredients:
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Sour cream
1 Tablespoon of chopped chives, fresh is best
1 Tablespoon of parsley, I used dry
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the kind you shake 
1/2 teaspoon Dill, dry
1/4 teaspoon Onion powder
1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt, taste after adding Parmesan cheese, you may not want any or you may want more
1/8 teaspoon Pepper, cracked fresh if possible
This dressing makes an excellent salad dressing or dipping sauce. 

Southern Fried Chicken Salad

I love salads in warm weather. This salad has protein, vegetables and dairy. It’s a meal in a bowl!  This makes a very large salad. Perfect to feed a crowd, potluck or family. If you do not add the dressing, it should stay fresh for several days. You can use my homemade Parmesan Ranch dressing, or use your favorite dressing. 

  
Ingredients:

2 bags of Hearts of Romaine lettuce

2 Fried chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces, I bought mine at the deli

3 Scallions, cut in pieces

4 Strips of Bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

3 Hard boiled eggs, cut into wedges

1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese

1 cup Celery, diced

Pralines, optional

  
Put lettuce in a large salad bowl. Add the remaining ingredients.  Toss with the dressing below or use your favorite dressing. Enjoy!
Homemade Parmesan Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

1 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup Sour cream

1 Tablespoon of chopped chives, fresh is best

1 Tablespoon of parsley, I used dry

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the kind you shake 

1/2 teaspoon Dill, dry

1/4 teaspoon Onion powder

1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon Salt, taste after adding Parmesan cheese, you may not want any or you may want more

1/8 teaspoon Pepper, cracked fresh if possible

  

  
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The dressing can be made ahead of time and it’s better the next day.