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I can’t believe how close I am to having this baby. It’s officially less than a month until my due date. And at my weekly doctor appointment yesterday, the doctor said this is a big baby. Which means that I am hoping that I do go into labor a little bit early so that I don’t end up with a 9 pound baby!! (Easton was 8 lbs 6 oz at 6 days early, so if this one is following suit, he’s going to be a big boy!!)

If you’ve been pregnant before, you know that this last month of pregnancy is… well, not comfortable, to say the least. I think I’d be pretty happy if I could just lie in bed for the next 3-4 weeks. I’ve been trying to get ahead so that I have at least a month of recipes so that I can just enjoy my little (big) guy, but after any time in the kitchen, my ankles are swollen and my back is killing me. So even though I normally love easy, fast meals, now I really love easy, fast meals. If it’s not easy and fast, it’s not going to be happening anytime in the next couple of months. (Except I am attempting an early Thanksgiving dinner later this week – but only because my mom is helping me – aka doing all the work for me!!)

These chicken fingers are just that – easy and fast. Dinner in half an hour. And chicken fingers are not just for kids. I know my husband liked these more than my kids did, even!! Pair them with Pillsbury frozen Grands! buttermilk biscuits, and you have an easy, fuss-free meal. (And in all honesty, those biscuits definitely rival homemade bisciuts.  In fact, they are better than many I have made from scratch!)  This is definitely a 9-month pregnant mama approved dinner!

Crispy Ranch Chicken Fingers with Ranch BBQ Dipping Sauce
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Perfect for kids and adults alike – these crispy chicken fingers are full of ranch flavor, and baked, not fried!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1¼ lbs chicken tenders, or boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons bbq sauce
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion flakes and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow one shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, lightly whisk the egg. In a third shallow dish, combine the panko with half of the spice mixture.
  4. Dip each piece of chicken into the flour, coating completely. Then dip into the egg, followed by the panko mixture. Place on the prepared cooling rack. Continue until all of the chicken has been coated.
  5. Spray the top of the chicken with nonstick cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is crispy, about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, add the mayonnaise and bbq sauce to the remaining spice mixture. Stir to combine, and refrigerate until the chicken is done. Serve alongside the chicken for dipping.

**This post has been sponsored by Pillsbury, but all opinions are my own.**

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20 Responses to Crispy Ranch Chicken Fingers with Ranch BBQ Dipping Sauce

  1. These look wonderful! And obviously the fact that they can be ready in a flash is an added bonus too. 🙂
    Good luck this last month or so! Thinking of you!!

  2. This looks wonderful, Deborah!

  3. Rachel Cooks says:

    I’m trying to get ahead with recipes too. Guess how many I have so far?


    It’s going great!

  4. Hang in there, Deb! You’re so close. And I’m serious when I say that I’m happy to help if there is anything I can do. Bring dinner so you can lay on bed? 🙂

  5. carrian says:

    Oh friend, this looks delicious and that baby will be here before you even know it. Hang tight!!

  6. Mercedes says:

    My husband would love if I made these for him for dinner! They look so crispy and delicious!

  7. Bree says:

    You are right that the end of pregnancy can be brutal! These look easy and family friendly. Hang in there! 🙂

  8. We love chicken fingers at our house too. I know they’d love that dip.

  9. I love crispy chicken fingers, how delish!

  10. Best of luck in the last month!

    I bet the baby will love these chicken fingers! Especially because they arent fried 🙂

  11. This recipe is perfect for my kids. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

  12. These chicken fingers look really delicious. I started to say that my grandkids would love these, but who am I kidding? Hubby and I will love them just as much!

  13. we’re on the same page–just yesterday i posted crispy ranch zucchini sticks 🙂 love the chicken variation for a main dish!

  14. Emily says:

    We love homemade chicken fingers AND ranch–these are perfect!

  15. Chels R. says:

    This is what I should be doing, stockpiling posts for when I deliver, but alas, I have not even gotten there yet 🙁 This looks really good. I bet my kids would adore this!

  16. Joanne says:

    I’m so excited for you!! My sister was big…9lb 8 oz. And my mom still won’t let her forget it!

  17. I can’t believe you’re so close to your due date! And these chicken fingers – YUM! Quick recipes are always needed!

  18. baker street says:

    Oh wow! That is so close, Deborah! Hope you’re feeling okay and everything goes off smoothly. This looks just wonderful.

  19. Great recipe Deborah! And good luck with everything the next month (and months)! Glad to hear you have some help from your own Momma!

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