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Introduction

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Who doesn’t love a good taco? Imagine biting into a crispy, flavorful chicken tenderloin wrapped in a warm tortilla, complemented by fresh lettuce, shredded cheese, and a drizzle of creamy ranch dressing. Sounds heavenly, right? Today, I’m going to walk you through a simple yet incredibly delicious recipe for chicken breast tenderloin tacos. This recipe is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a tasty meal that’s both satisfying and easy to make.


Table of Contents

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1Ingredients Needed
2Preparing the Buttermilk Marinade
3Creating the Seasoned Flour Mixture
4Preparing the Chicken Tenderloins
5Cooking the Chicken Tenderloins
6Assembling the Tacos
7Serving Suggestions
8Tips for Perfect Chicken Tenderloins
9Variations to Try
10Health Benefits of Chicken Tenderloins
11Storing and Reheating Leftovers
12Common Mistakes to Avoid
13Conclusion
14FAQs

Ingredients Needed

Before we dive into the steps, let’s gather all the ingredients you’ll need for this delightful recipe. Here’s the list:

  • Chicken breast tenderloins: These are the star of our dish.
  • Buttermilk: 1 cup for marinating the chicken.
  • Flour: 3 cups for the coating mixture.
  • Cornstarch: 1/2 cup to make the chicken extra crispy.
  • Garlic powder: For added flavor.
  • Onion powder: To complement the garlic powder.
  • Paprika: For a touch of color and subtle heat.
  • Salt: To enhance all the flavors.
  • Pepper: Freshly ground for the best taste.
  • Tortillas: Soft tortillas to wrap everything up.
  • Shredded lettuce: For a fresh crunch.
  • Shredded cheese: Because everything is better with cheese.
  • Ranch dressing: To finish off the tacos with a creamy touch.

Preparing the Buttermilk Marinade

Marinating your chicken in buttermilk is a game-changer. It tenderizes the meat and adds a subtle tangy flavor. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Combine buttermilk and seasonings: In a large bowl, mix the buttermilk with a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. This mixture will not only tenderize the chicken but also infuse it with flavor.
  2. Marinate the chicken: Add the chicken breast tenderloins to the buttermilk mixture, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour. The longer you marinate, the more flavorful the chicken will be.

Creating the Seasoned Flour Mixture

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The seasoned flour mixture is key to getting that perfect crispy coating on your chicken. Here’s how you make it:

  1. Mix dry ingredients: In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, and the remaining garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. The cornstarch helps to make the coating extra crispy.
  2. Stir well: Make sure all the dry ingredients are evenly mixed.

Preparing the Chicken Tenderloins

Now that your chicken is well-marinated and your flour mixture is ready, it’s time to prepare the chicken for frying.

  1. First coat: Remove a piece of chicken from the buttermilk, letting the excess drip off. Dredge it in the seasoned flour mixture, pressing down to ensure it’s fully coated.
  2. Double dip: Dip the floured chicken back into the buttermilk, then into the flour mixture again for a second coat. This double dipping process is what gives the chicken its extra crispy texture.
  3. Rest the chicken: Let the coated chicken rest on a baking sheet for 10-15 minutes before frying. This helps the coating adhere better.

Cooking the Chicken Tenderloins

Frying the chicken to golden perfection is the next crucial step. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Heat the oil: In a large skillet, heat about an inch of oil over medium-high heat. The oil should be hot but not smoking. You can test it by dropping a bit of flour into the oil – if it sizzles, it’s ready.
  2. Fry the chicken: Carefully add the chicken tenderloins to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Use a thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  3. Drain the chicken: Remove the cooked chicken from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Assembling the Tacos

With your chicken tenderloins cooked to perfection, it’s time to assemble your tacos.

  1. Warm the tortillas: Heat your tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds on each side or until warm and pliable.
  2. Add the chicken: Place a chicken tenderloin in the center of each tortilla.
  3. Top with lettuce and cheese: Sprinkle shredded lettuce and cheese over the chicken.
  4. Drizzle with ranch: Finish off with a generous drizzle of ranch dressing.
  5. Fold and serve: Fold the tortillas and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

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These chicken breast tenderloin tacos are versatile and can be served with a variety of sides. Here are a few ideas:

  • Mexican rice: A classic side that pairs perfectly with tacos.
  • Refried beans: Add some creaminess to your meal.
  • Fresh salsa: For an extra burst of flavor.
  • Guacamole: Because who doesn’t love avocado?

Tips for Perfect Chicken Tenderloins

Achieving the perfect chicken tenderloins is all about the technique. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t skip the marinade: Marinating in buttermilk tenderizes the chicken and adds flavor.
  • Double coat for extra crispiness: The second dip in the flour mixture ensures a crispy coating.
  • Monitor the oil temperature: Too hot, and the chicken will burn. Too cold, and it will be greasy.
  • Rest before frying: Letting the coated chicken rest helps the flour adhere better, resulting in a crispier coating.

Variations to Try

While the classic recipe is delicious, you can always experiment with variations to keep things interesting. Here are a few ideas:

  • Spicy version: Add cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the buttermilk marinade for a spicy kick.
  • Herb-infused: Mix dried herbs like thyme, oregano, or rosemary into the flour mixture.
  • BBQ style: Brush the cooked chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce before assembling the tacos.
  • Asian-inspired: Marinate the chicken in a mixture of buttermilk and soy sauce, and top with Asian slaw and hoisin sauce.

Health Benefits of Chicken Tenderloins

Chicken tenderloins are not only delicious but also offer several health benefits:

  • High in protein: Essential for muscle repair and growth.
  • Low in fat: Especially when compared to other cuts of chicken.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals: Including B vitamins and selenium.
  • Versatile and nutritious: Can be prepared in a variety of healthy ways.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

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If you have any leftovers (which is unlikely because they’re so good), here’s how to store and reheat them:

  1. Storing: Place leftover chicken tenderloins in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  2. Reheating: Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes or until heated through. Avoid microwaving, as it can make the coating soggy.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Here are some common mistakes to watch out for to ensure your chicken tenderloins turn out perfect every time:

  • Skipping the marinade: This step is crucial for tender and flavorful chicken.
  • Overcrowding the pan: This can lower the oil temperature, resulting in greasy chicken.
  • Not letting the coating rest: This step helps the coating stick better.
  • Frying at the wrong temperature: Keep the oil temperature consistent for even cooking.

Conclusion

Making chicken breast tenderloin tacos is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy a meal that’s both flavorful and fun to eat. With a crispy, seasoned coating and fresh, vibrant toppings, these tacos are sure to become a favorite in your household. Remember to marinate the chicken, double coat it for extra crispiness, and assemble with your favorite toppings for the best results. Happy cooking!


FAQs

1. Can I use chicken thighs instead of tenderloins? Yes, you can use chicken thighs for a juicier and more flavorful option, but you may need to adjust the cooking time.

2. Can I bake the chicken tenderloins instead of frying them? Yes, you can bake them at 400°F (200°C) for about 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through for even crispiness.

3. What other sauces can I use besides ranch dressing? You can try salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or even a spicy mayo for different flavor profiles.

4. How can I make this recipe gluten-free? Use gluten-free flour and cornstarch for the coating, and ensure your tortillas are gluten-free as well.

5. Can I prepare the chicken ahead of time? Yes, you can marinate the chicken and coat it in the flour mixture ahead of time. Store it in the fridge and fry just before serving for best results.

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