Spicy Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

"Bringing the heat with spices, peppers" by Michael Hastings. Zane Willard, a 6'4'' tall eighth-grader at Southeast Middle School in Kernersville, won third place in the Spicy Chicken Contest at the Dixie Classic Fair. Recipe published in the Winston-Salem Journal: October 12, 2011.

Yield: 1 serving
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  • For the ranch dressing:
  • 2 clove(s) garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 cup(s) Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup(s) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh oregano,chopped
  • Buttermilk, as needed
  • For the salad:
  • Baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoon(s) paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) onion powder
  • 5 to 7 chicken tenderloins
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large orange bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon(s) chopped chives
  • Chopped parsley (optional)
  • Croutons (optional)


  1. 1. For the dressing, dice garlic, then mash to a fine paste. Sprinkle garlic with salt; add parsley and chives. In a separate bowl, combine mayo and sour cream. Add garlic mixture, dill and oregano. Add just enough buttermilk as needed to reach desired dressing consistency.
  2. 2. For the salad, place a layer of spinach in a serving dish. Combine paprika, black pepper, cayenne, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Coat chicken tenderloins in oil, then roll them in the paprika mixture. Place chicken in a heated grill pan and cook until done. Turn and watch carefully to avoid burning.
  3. 3. Dice red, orange, and yellow peppers and place in a bowl. Throw in a splash of olive oil and the chives. If desired, add a bit of chopped parsley. Sprinkle pepper mixture over spinach. Lay chicken tenderloins on top, and drizzle with some of the ranch dressing. If desired, add a few croutons.
December 2011

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