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These oven baked chicken tenders are crispy and delicious.

With a seasoned crispy coating, chicken tenders are a new family favorite and perfect for dipping or dunking.

Chicken tenders plated with dip

Ingredients for Homemade Chicken Tenders

Homemade Chicken Tenders are so easy to make and loved by kids and adults alike! Skip the frying because these oven baked tenders are low in calories with all the crunch!

Chicken – Buy chicken tenderloins or cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into ¾-inch pieces.

Braiding – The combination of cornflakes and panko breadcrumbs adds a deep-fried crunch to these chicken tenders without the mess! Replace the cornflakes with crushed crackers (like Ritz or pretzels) or double up on the panko.

Variations-Play around with the seasonings to change the flavor of these chicken strips. Try Taco Seasoning or Cajun Seasoning.

Coating Chicken Tenders in PankoCoating Chicken Tenders in Panko

How to Make Chicken Tenders

  1. Prepare chicken (if using breasts) as directed in the recipe below. Pro tip: Freeze the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes for easy slicing.
  2. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then the egg, and finally the panko mixture.
  3. Bake the breaded tenders on a parchment-lined sheet pan until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
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Serving and storing

Serve these chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in air fryer or oven for best crunch.

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Crispy oven chicken tenders being dipped in honey mustard sauce.Crispy oven chicken tenders being dipped in honey mustard sauce.

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Crispy Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are coated in a seasoned panko mixture, then baked in the oven until crispy!

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes

Full time 45 minutes

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  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • If using whole breasts, cut into ¾-inch strips. Season the strips or tenderloin with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  • Mix the flour and seasoned salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs with water.

  • In a third shallow dish, combine cornflakes, panko breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.

  • Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the egg mixture, and finally press gently into the breadcrumb mixture.

  • Place chicken on prepared pan and spray generously with cooking spray or oil.

  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until cooked through.

If using Whole chicken breastsfreeze for 15-20 minutes before cutting.
No cornflakes? No problem! If you don't have cornflakes, you can use cracker crumbs or extra panko.
Convection Oven: Reduce time to 15-18 minutes using convection. Make sure the chicken reaches 165°F.
Air Fryer Instructions: Place the chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until done. The second batch may take a minute or two less because the air fryer will be preheated.

Calories: 414 | Carbohydrates: 44Yes | Protein: 43Yes | fat: 7Yes | Saturated Fat: 2Yes | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1Yes | Monounsaturated fats: 2Yes | Trans fats: 0.03Yes | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 2Yes | Sugar: 4Yes | Vitamin A: 1066IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 13mg

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Chicken, Lunch, Main Course
the meal American
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