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Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce

Use this creamy sauce to dress up store-bought fried chicken or as a salad dressing or dip for wings. Adjust the heat by adding more or less jalapeño. We like to double up on the tortillas, taco-truck style, for any of these tacos.

Southern Living FEBRUARY 2014

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Hands-on: 15 Minutes
  • Total: 15 Minutes


  • 1 cup refrigerated light Ranch dressing
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, stemmed
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (about 1 1/2 cups loosely packed)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 12 fried chicken breast tenders
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
  • Sliced radishes


Process Ranch dressing, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice in a blender or food processor 2 to 3 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Place 1 fried chicken breast tender in each warmed corn tortilla. Serve with dressing and sliced radishes.


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Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce Recipe