Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

Last Updated on August 12, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

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Buttermilk ranch chicken tenders will be a huge hit with the kids. Making homemade chicken tenders is easy and a healthy alternative to fast food. Dip these chicken strips in ranch dressing and enjoy a kid friendly lunch recipe this week.

homemade chicken tenders on a plate with ranch dressing

Homemade Chicken Tenders For The Win!

Children are a wonderful gift, however they can also be incredibly frustrating to feed. I have always been a ‘cook from scratch’ kind of mom.  The idea of feeding kids neon orange boxed macaroni and cheese and premade, frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is rather appalling. 

A walk down the frozen food aisle will showcase a number of ‘kid friendly premade food products’.  Most of them are loaded with food dyes and sodium, barely resembling the actual food that they originated from. 

Chicken tenders are a staple of many children’s diets, however you really don’t need to hit the drive through in order to provide them for your kid’s lunch.  This Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe is incredibly easy to make and the breading consists of only Rice Chex TM cereal and homemade ranch dressing mix.

Make this easy kid’s meal with organic chicken breast and pan fry it in olive oil for a delicious and healthy alternative to a fast food kid’s meal.

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe with Chex 2

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders 

Rice Chex TM cereal is Gluten Free, has no artificial flavors and contains no colors from artificial sources. It has a light, inviting texture, tastes great and comes in a variety of different flavors.

This cereal is full of what you love and free of what you don’t. I want to make healthy food for my family and am always looking for ways to make dinner delicious for everyone.

Listening to kids complain over the meal you made is never fun. However, I am up for the challenge that their picky pallets provide! I choose real ingredients whenever possible and have become an avid label reader.

Chex Recipes and Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders

We still have treats occasionally but healthy everyday eating is a goal I strive to achieve.  If you are trying to eat healthier, Chex TM cereal offers a number of varieties, including:

  • Rice Chex TM Cereal
  • Honey Nut TM Chex Cereal
  • Chocolate TM Chex Cereal
  • Cinnamon TM Chex Cereal
  • Corn TM Chex Cereal
  • Vanilla Chex TM Cereal
  • Chex TM Granola Mixed Berry

Healthy Chex Recipes

Making breading for chicken tenders with Chex

The Rice Chex TM  or Corn TM Chex cereals make wonderful breading ingredients for savory dishes, especially if you are trying to avoid gluten.  The sweeter varieties work great as a topping to your next fruit crisp or as a filling in a breakfast parfait. 

This Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe will be a huge hit with your kids while saving you money and making you feel better about their diet.    Goodbye fast food and hello healthy lunch!

More chicken recipes to try 

  • Spicy Chipotle Chicken and Ranch Grilled Cheese Recipe: An easy chicken recipe with a wonderfully fresh flavor.
  • Chicken and Broccoli Tortellini in Basil Cream Sauce:  Cubes of chicken and fresh broccoli are added to cheese tortellini.  Then, the whole thing is tossed in a delicious basil cream sauce.  
  • Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Chicken : Looking for quick and healthy dinner ideas?  This easy rice bowl recipe is just the thing you need. 

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe is a Healthy Lunch Alternative for Kids Final

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

 Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders are the perfect kid friendly lunch or dinner recipe. Don’t for get the ranch dipping sauce when you serve them!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

homemade chicken tenders on a plate with ranch dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders are a healthy alternative to traditional premade chicken tenders. Skip the drive through and eat REAL food!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound chicken breasts, pounded approximately 1/2 inch thin and cut into strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups Rice Chex TM cereal
  • 2 TBSP homemade ranch dressing mix
  • olive oil for frying


  1. Place Rice Chex and ranch dressing mix in food processor and process until well blended and Chex is crushed. Place mixture on a plate.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat
  3. Dip each chicken strip in buttermilk and dredge in the Chex/ranch dressing mixture
  4. Place each chicken strip in the frying pan and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Flip over chicken strips and cook another 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Place on plate covered in paper towel to drain off excess oil
  7. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or eat as is!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 581mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information not always accurate


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  1. We use the gluten free Chex cereal all the time. I never thought to use it this way though. Sounds amazing!
  2. I've used corn flakes for breading before, but never thought of rice chex! Every time we have Chex in the house it ends up being turned into Chex Mix!
  3. I have never heard of using Chex Mix to make chicken like this before! This sounds delicious and my kids would love it.

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