Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Cucumber-Ranch Dressing

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Cucumber-Ranch Dressing

4 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Asparagus and bacon are wrapped around spiced chicken tenders in this quick and healthy chicken dinner. Serve with a green salad tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette or make extra cucumber-ranch dressing and use it for your salad too.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder or mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 10 chicken tenders (about 1 pound)
  • 20 thin asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 5 slices bacon, halved
  • 1 very small cucumber (about 4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


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  1. Position racks in center and top thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine chili powder, brown sugar, cumin and ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with the spice mixture. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Place 2 asparagus spears on each chicken tender and wrap with ½ slice of bacon to hold everything together.
  3. Bake the chicken on the center rack for 5 minutes. Turn the broiler to high and move the chicken to the top rack. Broil, watching carefully, until the bacon is lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes more.
  4. Meanwhile, peel cucumber, halve it lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater. Combine in a small bowl with yogurt, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, dill, garlic powder, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve the chicken tenders with the dressing.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate dressing (Step 4) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 chicken tenders & 3 Tbsp. dressing each
  • Per serving: 207 calories; 9 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 7 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 42 mcg folate; 60 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 879 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 57 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 470 mg sodium; 406 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, 1½ lean protein, 1 fat, ½ high-fat protein

Reviews 4

July 04, 2018
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By: Erica Cabello
Ridiculously delicious. I am quite surprised by the unique flavor combos and how good they tasted together. A firework in your mouth. Honestly made under 25 mins. Going into my roa.
September 17, 2017
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By: Travel and Beach
I couldn't wait to try this. I love spicy, I love chicken, I love asparagus, and I love bacon. But apparently not together. The spices did not go well with the other ingredients. The other ingredients didn't go well with each other. I managed to eat two pieces and threw the rest away.
June 06, 2017
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By: RJ Broughton
I made a double batch using tenders and thighs. Everyone loved it. As for the sauce, I wasn't cooking in my own kitchen so I substituted a similar one from the store. OPA brand cucumber and dill dip.
May 24, 2017
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By: vmatthews57
I served this for quests, and it was a huge hit. I used chicken thighs instead of chicken tenders and cooked it a few minutes longer. It was delicious. I was worried that the cucumber would make the sauce too watery, but that was not the case. I will definitely make it again and the guests requested the recipe as well. Really a nice miss of spices and can be a bit spicy so depending on your desire for "hot" you could add more, or less. I used the suggested amount and it was perfect, not too hot to burn my lips but a little lingering heat.
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