A blend of whole-wheat panko and fine cornmeal gives this healthy chicken recipe the perfect amount of crunch even though it's not deep fried. Making an easy homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe means you can skip bottled, which may have additives and stabilizers.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017


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Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine 1 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon each garlic powder and pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Add chicken, turn to coat and let marinate for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise and chives (and/or dill) in a small bowl with the remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/4 teaspoon each garlic powder, pepper and salt. Set aside.

  • Combine breadcrumbs and cornmeal in a shallow dish. Remove the chicken from the marinade and coat with the breadcrumb mixture. (Discard the marinade.)

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken and cook until browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, turn the chicken and cook until browned and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, 5 to 7 minutes more.

  • Divide lettuce, tomatoes, corn and the chicken among 4 large plates and drizzle with the reserved dressing.

Nutrition Facts

536 calories; protein 31g; carbohydrates 33.6g; dietary fiber 5.5g; sugars 9.7g; fat 32.2g; saturated fat 5.7g; cholesterol 72.4mg; vitamin a iu 3496.5IU; vitamin c 18.1mg; folate 107.8mcg; calcium 114.3mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 72.9mg; potassium 818.8mg; sodium 543.4mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely love this salad. I have made it multiple times. The only thing I change is I cook the chicken in my air fryer for 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Dressing is delicious chicken is crispy and the corn adds a nice sweet crunch. Read More
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I didn't make any changes and it was GREAT. Nice easy lite meal that's quick to make and wont break the bank. Read More
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This was absolutely delicious! Loved by every family member (including two teenagers). I used 2 T fresh chives and tsp dried dill for the dressing. Read More
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Followed exactly and it was delicious - definitely will make it again. I used 2T of fresh dill and 1T of fresh chives. Read More
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Both the chicken and the dressing were delicious. I had a little trouble keeping the breading on the chicken but I just added what fell off to the salad and it was fine. For the dressing I used 1/2 t dried dill and no chives because it's what I had. Read More