Crispy Oven Fried Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strips
with recipe video
Crispy Oven Fried Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strips can be on your dinner table in 35 minutes! These aren’t your ordinary chicken fingers, nope! They are crisp-crusted, moist and tender, fiery buffalo sauce slathered, where’s the ranch dip…chicken fingers.
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Crispy Oven Fried Chicken With Buffalo Sauce
We are big chicken eaters at our house. I often joke we are going to grow feathers eventually. So I’m always on the lookout for new chicken recipes. Late last year, Karly at Buns in My Oven (one of my favorite food blogs!) posted a great recipe for Chicken strips and it quickly made its way into our dinner rotation.
The real “secret” to her oven fried chicken is melting butter on the pan that you cook the chicken on in the oven.
The first time I tried it, I thought a whole stick of butter sounded like a lot, so I only used 4 tablespoons. The chicken still turned out good, but let me tell you when I finally tried the full 8 tablespoons of butter it made the chicken finger lickfinger-lickin’
One night while I was gathering the ingredients to make the oven fried chicken strips, a packet of ranch dressing mix caught my eye and I thought “why not add it to the flour for a little creamy ranch flavor”.
Sounded good enough, but then I spied the bottle of buffalo sauce and wondered how it would taste if I dipped the chicken in the hot wing sauce in between the ranch flour and panko bread crumbs………the rest is history, my friends!!
These Crispy Oven Fried Ranch Buffalo Chicken Strips have been rockin’ our dinner table for a few months now and realized I needed to share them with you all!
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strips are really simple to make.
5 minutes and they’re ready for the oven. (full recipe at the end of the post)
When you preheat the oven, cut up a stick (8 tablespoons) of butter and place it on a rimmed pan and toss it in the oven to melt.
While the butter is melting and your oven is heating up, place the chicken tenderloins on a plate.
Then using three shallow bowls; combine flour and a packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing Mix (not the dip mix) in one bowl, pour some buffalo sauce (we like Franks or Sweet Baby Rays) in another bowl, and panko bread crumbs in the third bowl.
Line them all up on the counter in that order, and when the butter is melted, place the baking sheet at the far end.
Simply dip each chicken tenderloin in the ranch flour mix, then the buffalo sauce, then press into panko bread crumbs and place on the pan with the melted butter.
Bake the buffalo ranch chicken strips for about 15 minutes, then flip and bake for another 15 minutes.
Then, because my husband likes them extra crispy, I turn the oven to broil and leave them in about another 5 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they don’t start to burn.
and that’s it!! Perfectly baked, crispy and crunchy Ranch Buffalo Chicken Strips! They are wonderful with jasmine rice and broccoli or dunked in a little ranch dressing.
This was such a good idea!! They do have some kick, but it’s not overly spicy. Everyone devours them and they fight if there are leftovers (someone has been known to hide the leftovers in the fridge, ahem).
They make the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal the whole family loves! Come on over……I’ll make you some!
CHECK OUT HOW EASY BUFFALO RANCH CHICKEN STRIPS ARE TO MAKE! WATCH THE VIDEO!
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