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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing –  Flavorful, easy to make crispy parmesan Chicken Tenders coated with panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a side of homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A delicious meal for the whole family!

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Flavorful, easy to make crispy parmesan Chicken Tenders coated with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a side of homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A delicious meal for the whole family!

You guys! Chicken TENDERS! That’s happiness.  And happiness is; satisfying my childhood cravings! 

Hey Ya! It’s Meatless Monday with meat sans “less”. Ooops!

How are ya? How was your weekend? Did you go to the pool? Much to my surprise, it was 82 degrees yesterday. Lord, it was beautiful! Reminds me to check my head yet again and ask myself for the magazillionth time as to why I haven’t moved to a warmer State… Fool. To all those living in year-round hot spots: you’re already winning in this game called life. ❤

Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook

You know who else is winning at life? BIG time!? My very first blog-crush – Andie Mitchell!  The very talented, beautiful, and completely wonderful, Andie. 

Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook

In her New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, Andie chronicled her struggles with obesity and losing weight. Now, she has a cookbook – Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook – with all the dishes that helped her reach her weight goals and maintain a healthy size.

Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook

If there was ever a cookbook that I identified with, or DIETHOOD identified with, Eating in the Middle IS that book! An awesome cookbook, from cover to cover, sharing lightened-up recipes that are adaptable and accessible. A great resource for all people that love eating well without having to turn to odd things like, weird ingredients, or gelatin cake and raw wheatgrass.

The recipes are real, everyday food, and they are a realistic way to eat good even when something calls for a bit of buttah.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Flavorful, easy to make crispy parmesan Chicken Tenders coated with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a side of homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A delicious meal for the whole family!

These Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing are from her new book, and they are just a glimpse of all the easy, real, delicious recipes that you will find. Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls, included. Also? Smashed Garlic Potatoes, Morning Glory Muffins, Lemon Chicken, Peanut Butter Mousse Pie…!!! All amazing!

Every recipe in the book includes nutritional information, so it makes things even easier for those of us that like to keep track of calories, fats, carbs, etc…

My most favorite part about this book? Andie’s storytelling, sharing details of her own complicated relationship with food throughout the book that others can identify with. Trust me when I say that this is that book; the book that you will go-to whenever you need a new recipe, a new idea or just some inspiration.

Order yourself a copy of Eating in the Middle on Amazon, or go to your local Barnes & Noble or Target to pick up one today!

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Flavorful, easy to make crispy parmesan Chicken Tenders coated with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a side of homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A delicious meal for the whole family!

I should also mention that each and every piece of these chicken tenders was gone in under 5 minutes. The flavor is incredible and the texture is SO on-point. Made with panko crumbs and grated parmesan, they are the best chicken tenders I’ve had.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Flavorful, easy to make crispy parmesan Chicken Tenders coated with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a side of homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A delicious meal for the whole family!

Then there’s the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Holy Mother of Ranch. THIS recipe is spot-on. Honestly. You have to have to have to make it. Have TO!

ENJOY!

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Flavorful, easy to make crispy parmesan Chicken Tenders coated with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a side of homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A delicious meal for the whole family!
Course: Dinner Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 258 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
FOR THE PARMESAN-CRUSTED CHICKEN TENDERS
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1/2- cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4- cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4- cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Set a wire rack over a large rimmed baking sheet and spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a small shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Parmesan; mix to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites.
  5. Dredge each tender first in the egg whites, then in the bread crumbs, pressing to coat.
  6. Put the coated tenders on a plate as you go, repeating the process until all the tenders are coated.
  7. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat.
  8. Add half the tenders and cook until golden brown on all sides; about 3 minutes per side.
  9. Transfer chicken tenders to previously prepared wire rack.
  10. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet, and repeat the cooking process with the remaining tenders.
  11. Transfer the remaining chicken tenders to the prepared wire rack.
  12. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tenders are golden brown and cooked through.
In the meantime, prepare the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  3. Serve chicken tenders immediately with a side of the prepared ranch dressing.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 8

Ranch Dressing WW SmartPoints: 3

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 612mg 26%
Potassium 468mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 7.5%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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11 Responses
  1. Jennifer M

    OMG!! I made these for me and my boyfriend. I’ve been trying to eat healthy and I wanted to cook something we’d both like…..these were INCREDIBLE!! They were so juicy and flavorful and crispy. Totally satisfied my craving and there was non left. We couldn’t resist. The ranch dressing was awesome too. We both couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was, healthy and how good it was. We’ll be keeping this in our rotation now!! ❤️☺️

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