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Baked Chicken Tenders – Spend With Pennies

These oven-baked chicken tenders are crispy and delicious.

The secret to the crispy crunch is in the seasoned coating – you’ll love how easy these are to make.

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  • There is no deep frying which means no mess or splatter.
  • The coating is light and crispy and actually sticks to the chicken.
  • They’re easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand.
  • These tenders are loved by kids and adults alike.

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Tenders

Skip the frying because these oven-baked tenders have fewer calories with all of the crunch!

  • Chicken: You can either buy chicken tenderloins or slice boneless skinless chicken breasts into ¾-inch slices.
  • Breading: A combination of cornflakes and panko breadcrumbs add a deep-fried crunch to these chicken tenders without the mess!

Variations

  • Replace the cornflakes with crushed crackers (like Ritz or saltines) or double up on the Panko. If using only Panko, pan fry them in a dry skillet just until golden and cool before using.
  • Add spices and herbs to change the flavor of these chicken strips. Onion powder, parmesan cheese, or a dash of cayenne pepper are great options.
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How to Make Baked Chicken Tenders

  1. Prep chicken (if using breasts) as directed in the recipe below. PRO TIP: Freeze chicken breasts for about 20 minutes for easier slicing.
  2. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour, then in egg, and finally into the crumb mixture.
  3. Bake breaded tenders on a parchment-lined pan sprayed with cooking spray until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
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Serving and Storing

Serve these chicken tenders over pasta, in a wrap, over a salad or with your favorite dipping sauces. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in an air fryer or in the oven for the best crunch.

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Baked Chicken Tenders

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

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

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

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

  • In a bowl, combine flour and seasoned salt. In a second bowl, whisk eggs with water.

  • In a third shallow dish, combine cornflake crumbs, bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt & pepper (more to taste).

  • Dip the chicken in flour, shaking of any excess, then dip in the egg mixture, and finally into the breadcrumb mixture gently pressing to adhere.

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

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

If using whole chicken breasts, freeze for 15-20 minutes before cutting.
No Cornflakes? No Problem! If you do not have cornflake crumbs, you can use cracker crumbs or extra panko.
Convection Oven: Reduce time to 15-18 minutes if using convection. Ensure the chicken reaches 165°F.
Air Fryer Directions: Place chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. The second batch may need a minute or two less as the air fryer will be preheated.

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

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

Course Appetizer, Chicken, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
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