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  • Serves: 4

Cheesy Taco Chicken Tenders

Category: Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 + 3/4 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumn
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or sweet)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ranch dressing


-A few hours before cooking marinate the chicken tenders in buttermilk, cover and refrigerate. Make the dressing too and refrigerate.
-When ready to cook set up a dredging station.
-In a small bowl mix chile powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few generous cracks of black pepper.
-In a wide, shallow dish with short sides mix the flour with half of the spice mixture.
-In a seperate, wide shallow dish with short sides mix the cheese with the panko crumbs and half of the spice mixture.
-In a bowl whisk the eggs and milk together. Season with salt and pepper.
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
-Remove chicken from buttermilk; allow excess to drain off.
-Use tongs to coat chicken with flour, then egg then cheesy panko crumbs ”“ patting them on if needed. Place on baking sheet.
-Repeat until all the chicken is coated.
-Bake until chicken is golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature of 165 ”“ 174 F.) Serve with buttermilk ranch dressing for dipping.

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