Cheddar Ranch Baked Chicken Tenders – juicy chicken tenders made extra flavorful with ranch dressing and a crispy corn flake and cheddar coating!  A family approved, easy weeknight dinner!

cheddar ranch chicken tenders

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Ok, you guys, if you’d like to go ahead and ask me what I want to eat for dinner for the rest of my life it would one-hundred-million-percent be these chicken fingers.

I have BIG plans to make these again this week, and I’m not even sorry about it.  They’re addicting – you’ve been warned.

I’m going to admit that I really didn’t know until a few years ago how easy it is to make your own chicken strips.  I’m all for keeping some frozen popcorn chicken in my freezer for busy nights, don’t get me wrong.

But, if I had a preference (I totally do) these don’t take much longer to make, and the flavor is ten times better.

What really makes me love these?  Only four ingredients to chicken tender nirvana.

  1. Chicken tenders
  2. Ranch dressing
  3. Corn flakes
  4. Cheddar cheese

Just going to go ahead and say it – we eat A LOT of ranch dressing in this house, we also eat about a metric ton of cheese per week.  What I’m saying is, I usually always have these ingredients on hand.

TIP:  If you don’t usually keep cornflakes on hand you can buy them when they’re on sale, crush them or run them through the food processor and freeze them in a zip top bag for 3 months!

easy ranch chicken tenders

Hope you enjoy these crispy-cheesy-juicy-chicken masterpieces!

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5 from 1 vote

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 1/4 Pounds Chicken Tenders, Boneless and Skinless About 12
  • 1 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 Cups Crushed Cornflakes Cereal
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add the ranch dressing to one medium bowl.  Mix together the cornflakes and sharp cheddar in a separate medium bowl.
  • Dip the chicken tenders into the ranch dressing, then dredge the chicken in the cornflakes and cheddar mixture, pressing to coat as needed.  Repeat with remaining tenders, until all are coated.
  • Place chicken tenders on prepared baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is crisp and has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Allow chicken to cool on the pan for 5 minutes after cooking.  Serve with extra ranch dressing as desired.
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