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Buffalo Ranch Panko Baked Chicken Tenders

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One of the most common questions I hear from readers is, “What is a quick, healthy chicken recipe I can make for a weeknight dinner? My kids have a million activities, we all get home at different times, but I want to make something healthy and delicious that my family can eat together.” Today’s recipe is one that answers this common concern. It’s simple, delicious, and uses ranch and buffalo flavors to make a healthier version of everyone’s favorite fried food. It also appeals to a large crowd making it work for families with the pickiest of eaters.

For today’s recipe, I had the privilege of working with NatureRaised Farms® brand Chicken, a brand that supplies delicious all natural chicken. NatureRaised Farms® brand focuses on producing great tasting chicken that is 100% all natural, raised without antibiotics, fed a vegetarian diet, and raised without any added hormones or steroids. Their chicken is healthy, good for you, and has a richer flavor than many other chicken products found on the market that contain extra water, preservatives, or added flavors.

Using their delicious natural chicken (you can seriously taste the difference) it is easy to create a healthy family friendly meal that everyone will love. First you marinate the chicken with your favorite buffalo sauce giving it a nice spicy flavor. You can use your favorite barbecue sauce, marinade, or skip this step if you don’t like spice. Then you bread the chicken with Panko breadcrumbs that are seasoned with the traditional flavors of ranch dressing. Finally you bake it until it is crispy and crunchy for a healthy, spicy version of your favorite chicken tenders.

This dish is perfect to serve for a quick weeknight dinner, game-day snack, or freezer meal that can be warmed up in minutes. Normally when I make it I like to make a triple or quadruple batch so I can freeze some and use some for leftovers. I love to stuff these tenders into sandwiches or quesadillas, add on top of healthy salads, or wrap up with my favorite veggies and dressing. They are also incredibly versatile and can be spiced and seasoned with whatever flavors you enjoy.

Buffalo Ranch Panko Baked Chicken Tenders
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 160 calories, 2.5g of fat, 8.3g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 24.4g of protein, Sugars: .5g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *


  • 1 lb. NatureRaised Farms® brand Chicken Breast, cut into strips
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ tbsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. onion flakes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried chives
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Cut the chicken breast into strips and pierce it all over with a fork. Add the buffalo sauce and refrigerate for 4 hours or more.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange a wire rack on top of a baking sheet covered with foil or parchment.
  3. In a shallow dish combine the Panko breadcrumbs with all of the spices.
  4. Remove the chicken from the buffalo sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Dip each piece into the Panko ranch breadcrumbs.
  6. Place on the wire rack and bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through completely. The wire rack will help ensure the chicken stays crispy and doesn’t get soggy on one side.
  7. If the chicken doesn’t brown, broil it for the last 3 minutes of cooking. Serve on it’s own or with your favorite dipping sauce.
  8. To freeze, layer cooked chicken tenders in a freezer safe bag or container with parchment paper. To reheat, place in a hot oven (400 degrees) for 15 minutes or microwave for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

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    * PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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6 Response to Buffalo Ranch Panko Baked Chicken Tenders

  1. Liz on October 29, 2013

    Nice recipe. Thank you.

  2. Renee on November 3, 2013

    What kind of dipping sauce did you use?

    • Kristen on November 4, 2013

      I mixed some buffalo sauce into Greek yogurt. You could also use a light ranch dressing or blue cheese.

  3. Tricia on July 7, 2014

    Hi love the recipie but what is the sauce you use am from Great Britain and we do not have buffalo sauce thanks

    • Kristen on July 9, 2014

      You could substitute in any hot sauce you like or if you prefer things less spicy you could use a BBQ sauce.

  4. Tricia on July 9, 2014

    Hi Kirsten thanks will make up my own sauce love the recipies have you written any cookery books. Regards tricia


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