Ranch Cracker Chicken Tenders

Upgrade your chicken tenders game with this mouthwatering recipe! Breaded in ranch seasoned crackers, these tenders are crispy, flavorful, and delicious!

ranch breaded chicken tenders

Are you tired of the same old chicken tenders? Look no further than this recipe for Ranch Seasoned Cracker Breaded Chicken Tenders! These tenders are not only crispy and juicy but also packed with the bold flavors of ranch seasoning.

If you’re looking for more tasty chicken recipes, I’ve got you covered! Try this tasty peanut crockpot chicken for an easy hands-off dinner, this crack chicken casserole for a one pan meal, or try Chinese chicken on a stick for a fun way to enjoy your protein! If you need a side dish to serve with this, try this make ahead mac and cheese or enjoy it with these barbecued green beans with ham.

I recommend using these homemade ranch crackers for the breading. They’re so good, you’ll want to make extra for snacking! But if you need a storebought option, try Bitsy’s ranch smart crackers. They are organic and made with veggies and whole wheat and are a great breading option.  If you are gluten free I suggest using any of Simple Mills crackers and then sprinkling in some ranch seasoning.  All of their crackers are amazing and all are gluten free!

How to Make Breadcrumbs in a Food Processor

Making breadcrumbs from crackers in a food processor is a quick and easy process that can be done in just a few simple steps.

First, gather your crackers of choice. Any type of cracker can be used, from saltines to Ritz to club crackers. Next, break the crackers into smaller pieces and place them in the food processor. Pulse the crackers until they are finely ground and have reached the desired consistency for your breadcrumbs. It is important to not over-process the crackers, as they can quickly turn into a fine powder.

If you want to season your crackers, add the ranch seasoning at this point and pulse until the ingredients are evenly combined.

Finally, transfer the breadcrumbs to a sealable container and store them in the pantry or freezer until you’re ready to use them. These homemade breadcrumbs are perfect for coating chicken tenders, fish fillets, or even topping casseroles and baked dishes.

In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:

  • a pan
  • food processor or plastic bag and some arm strength 🙂
  • two small mixing bowls
  • oil to grease your pan

What to Serve with Chicken Tenders

When it comes to serving chicken tenders, the possibilities are endless! I suggest pairing these with my sweet potato fries – because it is basically like a healthy twist on fast food! But you could also pair these with this quinoa salad or coleslaw. Those makes a great accompaniment, providing a light and refreshing contrast to the rich, savory flavors of the chicken.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, try serving the tenders alongside some steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or green beans. And of course, no chicken tender meal is complete without a selection of dipping sauces, such as honey mustard, barbecue, comeback sauce or ranch. Whatever your tastes may be, there are plenty of delicious sides and sauces to complement these tasty tenders!

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ranch breaded chicken tenders

Ranch Breaded Chicken Tenders

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Upgrade your chicken tenders game with this mouthwatering recipe! Breaded in ranch seasoned crackers, these tenders are crispy, flavorful, and delicious!


  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Ranch Crackers or 1 cup crackers with 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning


  1. Crush your crackers in a food processor or high speed blender until fine (like bread crumbs).
  2. Whisk egg in a small bowl.
  3. Dip each chicken tenderloin first into egg, let it drip, and then into the cracker bread crumbs, and lay on a plate until all are done.
  4. Heat a grill pan or skillet, grease with avocado oil, and cook for about 6-7 minutes on each side until crispy brown and cooked all the way through.


You can make these gluten free by using a gluten free cracker – like Simple Mills!  And can always mix in some ranch seasoning with the cracker “breadcrumbs” to keep that great flavor!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main courses
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3 tenderloins


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