Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a beloved classic, loved by both kids and adults alike. While fried chicken tenders are undeniably tasty, a healthier alternative is to bake them instead. This recipe for baked chicken tenders guarantees a crispy exterior while maintaining juicy and tender meat on the inside. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this finger-licking goodness that is sure to become a family favorite.

Recipe: Baked Chicken Tenders

– You’ll need :

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 1/3 cups panko bread crumbs

2/3 cup (1.7 oz) finely shredded parmesan cheese

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 lbs. chicken tenders (about 12 larger tenders, more is smaller)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)

– Method :

Move oven rack up one level from center and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray an large oven safe cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray and set over a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet.

Pour flour into a small shallow dish.

Crack and whisk eggs in a second shallow dish.

In a third dish (such as a pie plate) toss together panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, paprika and garlic powder. Drizzle with olive oil then toss well to evenly coat.

Season both sides of chicken tenders with salt and pepper.

Working with two at a time dip chicken tenders in flour on each side, gently shake excess off. Then transfer to eggs and coat both sides, let excess egg run off.

Pro Tips:

  1. For extra flavor, add a teaspoon of your favorite dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, or rosemary to the breadcrumb mixture.
  2. To ensure the chicken tenders are moist and tender, marinate them in buttermilk or yogurt for at least 30 minutes before coating them with breadcrumbs.
  3. Experiment with different coatings by using crushed cornflakes, panko breadcrumbs, or even crushed pretzels for added crunch.

Nutrition Facts:

Here’s a general idea of the nutritional content for baked chicken tenders, using the ingredients listed in the recipe (per serving, approximately 4 tenders):

Calories: 290

Protein: 32g

Carbohydrates: 20g

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 1g

Sodium: 550mg

Please note that the nutritional values may vary depending on the specific brands and quantities of ingredients used.


Baked chicken tenders offer a healthier alternative to fried options without sacrificing flavor or texture. This easy-to-follow recipe provides a crispy coating and juicy interior that will satisfy your craving for a delicious chicken dish. By making a few simple modifications to traditional methods, you can enjoy this classic favorite guilt-free.

Remember, these chicken tenders can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings or coatings to create your own signature flavor. Whether served as an appetizer, a main course, or as a protein-packed snack, baked chicken tenders are sure to be a hit with family and friends. So, get ready to enjoy this scrumptious dish that combines both taste and nutrition.


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