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Chicken Tenders Recipe

These super crispy oven-baked Chicken Tenders are going to fly off the plate once served for dinner. These delicious chicken strips are coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs then baked to golden perfection. This is a chicken tenderloin recipe the whole family will love.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Justin Coit

Equipment

  • Sheet Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • olive oil spray to taste

Garnish

  • chopped parsley
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat it with olive oil spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, garlic, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add the Panko, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and Parmesan Cheese. Set aside.
  • Dip the tenders, one at a time, first into the egg mixture and then into the Panko mixture. Lightly press the Panko mixture into the tenders to make sure they are evenly coated.
  • On the prepared baking sheet, arrange the tenders so that there is some space between them. Lightly spray each tender with the olive oil spray.
  • Bake for 7 minutes and then flip. Spray the other side with a light coat of olive oil spray and cook for another 5 minutes or until the internal temperature of the tender has reached 160°F. Optional: set your oven to broil for the last 2 minutes of the cook time to achieve a deeper golden color, but watch closely so that they do not burn.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 3 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice. Dip in your favorite dipping sauce.

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Notes

  • Want to give these a spicy kick? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the egg mixture.
  • If you only have chicken breasts, cut the breast lengthwise into ½ inch thick pieces to make your own tenders at home.
  • Make sure your chicken tenders are dry before dipping them and coating them. If there is moisture on them, they will steam up instead of crisping up in the oven. If there’s moisture, pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • To make this gluten-free, use gluten-free panko crumbs.
  • The secret to flavorful chicken tenders are the seasoning that's mixed into the whisked egg. Do not skip out on them and make sure the spices are fresh for the best flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 668mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg