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Whether you’re seven or seventy, chances are you probably enjoy a plate of delicious, crispy fried chicken tenders. Or, maybe you call them chicken strips… or chicken fingers?
No matter which moniker you choose, this amazing ranch fried chicken is going to be your family’s new favorite recipe.
Ranch Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe
This recipe is so incredibly good that we never have leftovers, and honestly, these ranch fried chicken tenders taste best when they are hot and crispy, right out of the pan.
Of course, before you can fry these tasty chicken tenders you’re going need a great fry pan!
I am such a sucker for this Calphalon Classic Nonstick 12-In. Fry Pan With Cover.
I’ve been using Calphalon Nonstick products for about ten years now and I’m always impressed with the way they hold up. This is the perfect pan for whipping-up my amazing ranch fried chicken tenders on a busy weeknight. The chicken will cook evenly, and best of all, with that incredible Calphalon Nonstick finish your cleanup will be a breeze as well.
I also love that it’s oven save to 450 degrees, so it’s the perfect pan for those one-pot meals that start on the stovetop and finish in the oven.
The price is more than right at just $44.99. In fact, I’m really impressed with the design of this pan (look at those curves and that stainless steel handle) at this price point. It’s a staple in my kitchen and would make a great gift for the foodie in your family this holiday season
You know, chicken tenders are amazing because while my kids love them, they definitely aren’t just kid food.
I’ve been learning so much from Calpahlon’s Master the Classics program, including the brand’s partnership with Chef James Briscione. There are definitely some secrets to perfect fried chicken. Check out this incredibly helpful video from Calphalon that will teach you how to fry chicken like the pros.
Yum, now I’m hungry!
Don’t get me wrong, I still love cooking drumsticks, breasts, thighs and wings, and this recipe works well in that scenario as well. Fried chicken has been a staple in my family since I was a kid, and I can remember my mom and grandma making fried chicken at least four or five times a month if not more. We just usually go for the chicken breast tenderloins because they are easy for the kids to eat.
Soaking these chicken tenders in ranch dressing really makes them moist and flavorful. I also love the coating because it offers such a wonderful crispiness and crunch after frying.
My kids love everything dipped in ranch dressing, so it makes sense to have a cup of that near their plates at dinnertime.
I love the flavor and crunch of these ranch fried chicken tenders so much that I usually just have a few alone paired with my favorite veggies and french fries.
These chicken tenders are easy to put together on a busy weeknight and will please your whole crowd. I hope you enjoy the recipe! Be sure to pin it for later and print it below.
Ranch Fried Chicken Tenders
- 2 or 3 lbs chicken breast tenderloins (or cut breasts into strips)
- 30 saltine crackers
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup dry potato flakes
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Add chicken pieces to a bowl and cover with ranch dressing. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes (or longer if you like.)
- Place crackers in a large resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add the flour, potato flakes, salt, garlic salt, dried parsley and pepper and mix well.
- Place marinated chicken in bag with crumb mixture. Seal and shake to coat. I actually prefer using a large-ish plastic container with a lid. Hold tight when you shake so the lid doesn’t come off!
- Heat oil over low low-medium to medium heat. Add tenders a few at a time. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and fully cooked.