In the epic battle between chicken wings and chicken tenders, the later come out victorious at my house every time– it’s just a matter of personal preference. However, whether you’re on Team Wing or Team Tender, there’s no argument that Homestyle Ranch Dressing is the most delicious dip ever created for chicken, and really all the foods, to be dunked, dipped, drizzled or doused. My recipe for Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing is a winner as an appetizer for your big football party or as a quick, weeknight dinner.
Even if you’ve never made a homemade tender or chicken nugget in your life, this easy recipe will prove that you are a bona fide snack-making champ. The coating for the uncooked chicken tenders takes two simple steps. First a quick dredge in an egg, flour and ranch dressing mixture and second, a shake-shake-shake in a bag filled with the crumbs of cheddar crackers and crispy jalapenos. Prep to oven to plate in just 30 minutes, leaving your more time to stock the fridge with cold beverages for your guests!
I’ve made these Jalapeno Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing as a game-day finger food to share with friends and family. They are also quite delicious served on a big salad (with Ranch Dressing, naturally) or in tortillas with salsa for Taco Tuesday! If a little spicy doesn’t work for you, just substitute the crispy jalapenos with French-fried onions (those kind put atop a green bean casserole). Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, these are so much, much lower fat than fried chicken tenders, nuggets and wings – so munch away!