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chipotle ranch pan fried naked chicken tenders

Naked Chicken Tenders (Chipotle Ranch Version)

The best way to cook chicken tenderloins on the stove. They're juicy, flavorful, tender, and super easy to make. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword naked chicken tenders
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 naked chicken tenders
Calories 95 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins or breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil or your choice cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch Dip Mix
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper Powder or chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  1. Mix the dry ingredients (you can season however you'd like) before mixing with the oil. 

  2. Add the chicken tenderloins and seasoning blend to a resealable bag or container. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, ideally longer for more flavor.

  3. Heat a large saute pan or skillet (make sure you have a cover for the pan) over medium-high heat with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. Add the marinated chicken tenderloins to the hot pan and leave untouched for 4 minutes.

  5. Flip and leave untouched for another 2 minutes.

  6. Turn the heat off, cover, and leave the chicken alone (don't peek or anything) for 6 minutes. Depending on the size of the chicken tenderloins you use, these times may vary slightly. Make sure the juices run clear and/or use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature (165F). 

  7. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and serve with salad, on sandwiches, with veggies, or on their own with a dipping sauce. 

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Recipe Notes

  • 1 tender has 1 Smart Point.
  • Nutrition info may vary depending on how many tenders you have in one pound and how you season them. 
Nutrition Facts
Naked Chicken Tenders (Chipotle Ranch Version)
Amount Per Serving (1 tender)
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 15g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.