I’m back in the saddle again with recipes for the whole week! I think our household is finally (knock on wood) sickness free, so my brain is actually able to focus on sharing delicious recipes with y’all again 🙂 Let’s start with a really tasty one: Potato Chip Crusted Chicken with Homemade Ranch Dressing.
When I was a single lady, I made sure to keep chips out of the house because once I start eating them, I just can’t stop. They’re one of the husband’s go-to foods though so they’ve made a return to the pantry. While I can usually resist them, sometimes their siren call drags me back into their tasty world of crispy, salty delight. This great recipe using them is better than indulging in a whole bushel of the little devils since it uses them as the crust instead of the focus . You still get the crunch and taste, but in moderation along with lean and easy chicken fingers. To accompany this new twist on a favorite treat, I made homemade ranch dressing to dip as well. Homemade ranch has much more tang and heft than the bottled variety, and you can even lighten it up by using light mayo and sour cream. The dressing keeps for at least a week, so you can continue to enjoy it as the week goes on! I think that this combo would be a favorite for kids and adults alike 🙂
Potato Chip Chicken & Homemade Ranch
- 3 cups potato chips, crushed
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- ¾ pound chicken tenders
- salt & pepper
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 small bunch chives
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Pour crushed potato chips into a shallow dish or bowl. Whisk together egg and milk in a separate shallow dish or bowl.
- Season chicken strips lightly with salt and pepper then dunk into egg mixture. Roll in chip crumbs and place on a baking rack on top of cookie sheet. Continue with remaining chicken. Bake for 20 minutes.
- While chicken is cooking, prepare the ranch dressing. Blend mayonnaise, sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, buttermilk, chives, garlic and salt in a blender until smooth. Add extra salt and pepper until you reach your desired taste. Serve as dipping sauce for chicken strips
The potato chip coating for this chicken makes for a crunchy and unexpected texture. Use flavored potato chips for an extra twist on this fun dish. Feel free to use any leftover ranch dressing on salads or as dipping sauce for veggies as well!