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A crispy ranch chicken tender dipped in ranch dressing, held above a metal ramekin surrounded by more chicken on a white platter.

Ranch Chicken

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Marinating Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Ranch chicken is juicy buttermilk chicken tenders coated in crispy Doritos chips with zesty ranch seasoning. Serve this flavor-packed fried chicken recipe as an appetizer or easy dinner!


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into “tenderloin” strips
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (or whatever flavor you prefer)
  • 1 cup flour
  • *optional 1-2 Tbsp Ranch seasoning mix for extra Ranch flavor
  • vegetable oil to fry


  1. In a medium bowl, marinate the chicken strips in buttermilk for at LEAST 2-3 hours (you can soak overnight).
  2. Take bag of Doritos and crush the chips inside. Now transfer Dorito pieces and flour into food processor or blender to crush and blend until the Doritos are the size of panko bread crumbs. Add in Ranch seasoning if desired.
  3. Transfer crumbs into a medium bowl.
  4. Set up a “coating station” and remove each chicken strip from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off and coat the chicken in the Dorito/Flour mixture. Transfer to a plate and continue with all chicken.
  5. Fill a large skillet at least 1/2- inch deep with oil and heat over medium until the oil reaches 350°F, In batches cook the chicken for 3 – 4 minutes on each side, until golden. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet and repeat until all the chicken is cooked. *see notes for baking instructions. 
  6. Serve immediately with Ranch dressing!


  • Baking instructions: Bake at 400°F on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20 minutes until golden and chicken reaches 165° on a meat thermometer. 


  • Serving Size: 1 plate
  • Calories: 590
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 330.2 mg
  • Fat: 19.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.2 g
  • Protein: 42.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 119.3 mg
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