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.

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Buffalo Ranch Panko Baked Chicken Tenders

Buffalo Ranch Panko Baked Chicken Tenders

Adapted from natureraisedfarms.com
PREP TIME: 4 Hours, 20 Min
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 45 Min
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  • 1.33 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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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.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange a wire rack on top of a baking sheet covered with foil or parchment.


In a shallow dish combine the Panko breadcrumbs with all of the spices.


Remove the chicken from the buffalo sauce and season with salt and pepper.


Dip each piece into the Panko ranch breadcrumbs.


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.


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.


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.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 tenders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197
Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 288mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 33g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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