Take-out Tuesday, Ranch Picnic Chicken Nuggets

Ranch Picnic Chicken Nuggets are like take-out fried chicken

Grab ‘n go, Eat and run, Pack a Picnic, Chicken!

But sooo much better…

Tender, tasty, buttery, tangy, crispy bites

You can whip these up in no time at all!


Guess where the crunch comes from


Potato Chips!

Plus a little Ranch seasoning and some Parmesan cheese

and you know this is going to be good!


You can make your chicken pieces any size or shape you want


If you have time marinate the chicken in buttermilk

A few hours or overnight makes it so tender

Use a plastic mat  to cut raw chicken

 it can go straight in the dishwasher when prep is finished


Cut the whole boneless chicken breasts into fairly large chunks

All the more area to cover with delicious crispiness!


Crush the potato chips in a baggie with a rolling pin


Melt 1/2 stick butter in a shallow bowl

Mix the ranch dressing mix, Parmesan and crushed chips together in another bowl

and set up a dredging station


Once you’ve dipped all the chicken pieces in butter and crushed goodness,

Put the chicken nuggets in a prepared pan


Sprinkle the top of casserole with any remaining crunchies

Drizzle with the rest of the melted butter


Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes,

until it is golden and amazing!


Serve it up or pack it in your picnic basket

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 This chicken is also wonderful on top of a salad

in a wrap, or on a slider bun


This chicken is baked, coated with crispy potato chips and Ranch seasoning, it's even better than fried!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 big handfuls of potato chips 2-3 oz.
  • 3 T Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 stick {4 T} butter, melted


  • Cut chicken into large nuggets or tenders.
  • Crush potato chips and mix with Ranch seasoning, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Dip chicken pieces first in butter, then dredge in chip mixture.
  • Place pieces in an oil sprayed baked dish, close together. Top with any remaining chip mix and drizzle with any remaining butter.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until golden and crunchy. Serves 3-4
Keyword baked fried chicken, chicken nuggets, potato chip chicken, ranch chicken nuggets

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30 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Ranch Picnic Chicken Nuggets”
  1. Mary says:

    Sounds oh so tasty Jenna! I bet the grands love these nuggets too 🙂

  2. Kari says:

    Jenna, you had me at picnic, potato chips and chicken casserole. All my favorites and this recipe will definitely be in my growing recipe file, thanks to you. Have a great day sweet friend.

  3. Jenna, potato chips make the perfect crisp. I will have to make this for Ella Mae, she loves chicken nuggets. Happy Tuesday!

  4. Jodi says:

    Delish! Surely cannot go wrong!!!

  5. The printer is running as I type — this looks great and wonderful for summer!

  6. Sharon Mann says:

    Yummy, my granddaughter loves the salt and vinegar chips. I wonder how those would taste as the crispy coating?

  7. Benita says:

    Great recipe! And you are right, perfect for a picnic. My mother used to soak our chicken in buttermilk before she fried it. Gave it a crispy skin! Hugs!

  8. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com says:

    Oh my mercy on his sounds and looks awesome ! This is a must try ! Thank you for sharing . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  9. Kitty says:

    Mmmmm I want to try these, Jenna, and they’re oh so easy! They’d be great atop my lunchtime salad.

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Jenna, I believe I made this, your recipe, last year up at the cabin and IT WAS WONDERFUL! Yes, thank your for showcasing it again, it was a huge hit , no left overs and is making my mouth water. Will do again soon! 😋

  11. Nancy says:

    You amaze me! I love how this came out! Potato Chips make a fabulous crunch!

  12. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, oh these chicken nuggets sound so good. I would never have thought to use potato chips. Thanks for the recipe! Have a great weekend.

  13. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great recipe for those delicious Chicken Nuggets! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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