{Oven-Baked} Ranch Chicken Tenders


{Oven-Baked} Ranch Chicken Tenders: These ranch chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They’re a total crowd pleaser. 

These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They're a total crowd pleaser. | www.alattefood.com These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They're a total crowd pleaser. | www.alattefood.com Chicken tenders were my meal of choice back in the day. Dipped in barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or the glorious ranch dressing (somewhere my dad is gagging), they were the perfect meal.

Plus, they always came with fries, and I’m a French fry junkie (cue these ‘lil babies: Black Pepper Parmesan Potato Wedges).

I’m totally using past tense in the latter paragraph as if my tastes have matured and expanded even though I still order the chicken tender basket practically every time I’m at a restaurant. I mean, sure, my tastes certainly are more cultured than they once were. I like feta cheese, fruit in my salad, and the occasional apple on my grilled cheese. But, when push comes to shove, if I had to choose, I’d probably pick all the classic, All-American, kid-friendly fare.

So, if you’re like me and have the tastes of a child (or actually have a child), this is the recipe. I’m telling you, these Ranch Chicken Tenders are absolutely incredible.

These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They're a total crowd pleaser. | www.alattefood.com These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They're a total crowd pleaser. | www.alattefood.com Making this chicken could not be any easier.

Seriously.

While many breaded chicken recipes call for coating in a flour/egg/breadcrumb or some combination of similar ingredients, this recipe uses Bisquick, which is what gives this chicken its crunchy coating, aka the “fried” quality.

The chicken is marinated in ranch dressing, dredged in a combination of Bisquick, paprika, salt, and pepper, and baked with olive oil.

The chicken is crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Basically, it’s perfect.

These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They're a total crowd pleaser. | www.alattefood.com I could eat these every single day.

Yields About 3-4 people

{Oven-Baked} Ranch Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and marinated with ranch dressing! They're a total crowd pleaser.

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 12 chicken tenders
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup Bisquick (or some other complete baking mix)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large zippered bag, pour in ranch dressing and milk. Add in all 12 chicken tenders, zip up the bag (squeezing out all excess air), and shake or massage the bag until all tenders are coated with ranch dressing. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and line a large baking dish with foil (9x13 or 9x11 dish). Drizzle 2 Tbsp of oil over the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a large zippered bag, add Bisquick, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Add marinated chicken tenders into the bag, zip up, and shake until all tenders are coated.
  4. Place chicken flat in the baking dish, making sure none of the tenders are touching each other. Drizzle 2 Tbsp of oil over the tops of the chicken.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes (or until the underside of the chicken is golden brown), then carefully flip the chicken over, and bake for another 9-10 minutes.
  6. Serve with extra ranch, barbecue sauce, or any other sauce if desired.
  7. Enjoy!
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36 comments

  1. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says:

    Oh, man. I am the HUGEST sucker for good chicken tenders and these are definitely speaking my name right now! Plus, um the fact that I don’t need to go EXTRA crazy with the ranch for dipping because it’s already IN the tenders? WINNING. 😉

  2. Scarlett says:

    what kind of chicken do u get chicken breasts and cut them up or actual frozen chicken tenders but them is already breaded sorry I don’t mess with chicken much

    • Michelle says:

      Hi, Scarlett! I use pre-cut chicken, usually called chicken tenders or chicken strips, which you can find in your fresh chicken section. If your store does not have those, I would suggest using chicken breasts and cutting them length-wise into strips. Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. Lacey says:

    I made these for dinner tonight (using Caesar dressing instead of Ranch because that was all I had on hand) and both my husband and I agree it was one of the best things I’ve made!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. April says:

    Made these with Bleu Cheese because we prefer it over Ranch. Out of this world delicious, so moist and flavorful thanks so much!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Being a beginner cook, I failed miserably at trying to bread these in a Ziploc bag. Some of the chicken didn’t get coated, and those that did, the breading fell off during baking. Could I put the breading mix in a bowl or pan and coat them that way? And just a heads up, cheesy ranch dressing was delicious with this!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Stephanie! I can’t wait to try it with cheesy ranch dressing! I’ve only done this recipe in a ziplock bag (I just like how easy clean-up is with the bag), but I imagine it would work breading it in a pan! 🙂

  6. Jules says:

    I’ve made these 3 times and every time they’ve turned out amazing! I did have to be super gentle with the coating (thanks for mentioning that in the recipe!) when flipping, but wow, my family loves these!

  7. Luanne says:

    I though these were very moist but coating didn’t
    stay on very well. Next time I will double the bisquick mixture and coat them in a bowl.

    • Shari says:

      Don’t know if this will help, but after I shake up the chicken in the bag, I let it sit in the fridge about 20-30 minutes, then place it in the oven. I think it must give the it time to settle or something because it works well.

  8. Shari says:

    This was the best recipe for baked chicken recipes I’ve found so far. I am a ranch dressing lover, so this was perfect! I like that you suggest using the zip lock bags for marinating and coating the chicken because that is always my ‘go to’ method (saves washing bowls, etc.).

    So happy that I found your web page…I will certainly be back for more yummy recipes.
    Best.

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