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These savory and delicious crispy Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are a favorite in our home! My kids love the crunchy bits of BBQ potato chips on the outside. A dip of ranch before coating tenderizes the chicken so each mouthful is moist and tender.

These Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are healthier than fried chicken nuggets and make a great kid lunch or dinner.

These are healthier than traditional fried chicken nuggets as they are baked instead of deep fried. They’re also super easy to make, we skip the whole egg and flour breading, dip in Ranch dressing (have you ever tried DIY ranch?) then just coat in potato chips. This is a fun dinner to get the kids involved in making, they love crushing the chips!

Sprinkle with a bit of parsley on top for color and serve these with carrot sticks instead of fries to round out a healthier chicken nugget meal.

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These Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are healthier than fried chicken nuggets and make a great kid lunch or dinner.

These Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are healthier than fried chicken nuggets and make a great kid lunch or dinner.

This fun finger-food dinner makes the perfect family meal when you need to throw something healthy together quickly. It also has just the right amount of kid-pleasing, simple but satisfying ingredients to entice even the pickiest of eaters.

The chicken comes out so deliciously tender, and the chips add such wonderful crunch – you wouldn’t necessarily even need a dipping sauce for these!

These Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are healthier than fried chicken nuggets and make a great kid lunch or dinner.

We make these bite sized so they’re easy for kids to pick up and eat, but you can make them larger and bake for longer. You can also use any other flavor chips, but we love that Barbecue Ranch combination.

Toss these in a grain bowl for some protein, over a starch like rice, or pack the up for the kids’ lunch the next day. Their size, simplicity and delicious flavor also work so well for parties or sporting events – especially when you’re feeding a big group of hungry kids, in need of a good source of healthy protein that will keep them going.

Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

These tender BBQ Ranch potato chip crusted chicken tenders are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, bbq, chicken tenders, potato chips, ranch
Servings: 15
Calories: 2173
Author: Agnes Hsu

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast no skin, cut in 1-1.5" pieces
  • 7 oz Barbecue Chips Crushed
  • 1/2 cup Ranch creamy dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees, Line a sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with nontstick oil.
    1. Cut each chicken tender with ranch. 
    2. Coat evenly with the crushed BBQ chips.
    3. Lay on the baking pan about 3 pieces apart. We had 3 x 5 rows. 
    4. Bake 22-25 minutes until chicken is done, make sure to watch closely at the end so the chips don't burn! 
    Optional, sprinkle with chopped parsley on top and serve with a side of BBQ sauce or Ranch for dipping and carrots. 

Nutrition

Calories: 2173kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 110g | Fat: 145g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 329mg | Sodium: 2791mg | Potassium: 5011mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 46.4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 5.6mg

Serve these delicious chicken tenders with a side of BBQ sauce or Ranch dressing for dipping.  Enjoy!

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These Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are healthier than fried chicken nuggets and make a great kid lunch or dinner.

Watch the video below to see how to make them!

Barbecue Ranch Potato Chip Chicken Tenders