Baked Chicken Poppers Recipe with Parmesan Ranch Sauce Recipe



  • 1 pound chicken tenders (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 ½ cups cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • Parmesan ranch sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons dried chives


Directions for sauce

  1. Mix the sauce ingredient together in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Place the sauce in a bowl and set aside in the refrigerator to blend the flavors while preparing the chicken.

Directions for chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place the chicken pieces into a medium bowl; add the fresh garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper and toss to combine. Marinate the chicken in the spice mixture while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  3. Place the flour in a large food grade plastic bag.
  4. Place the cornflakes, Parmesan cheese, paprika, a ¼ teaspoon of salt, and a ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper and granulated garlic into a food processor or blender and process until the mixture is finely crumbled. Add the mixture to another large food-grade plastic bag.
  5. Place the chicken pieces into the bag with the flour and shake to coat the chicken pieces well.
  6. Place the flour-coated chicken pieces into a medium-size bowl and drizzle buttermilk over them. Gently fold the chicken to coat them with the buttermilk.
  7. Place the coated chicken pieces in the bag with the cornflake mixture and shake to coat the pieces well. (I did this in 2 batches)
  8. Place each of the chicken pieces in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spray a light layer of cooking spray over the chicken pieces. Bake for 20 minutes or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.).
  9. If you want the chicken extra crispy, turn the broiler of the oven on, and broil for 2 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce.