Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders

Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders - 2Teaspoons

 

I can’t believe these aren’t fried.  Actually, why isn’t that a brand?  I can’t believe it’s not fried!  Note to self – start a line of food that tastes fried, but isn’t!  Live the dream.  Eat light, feel full.

*Sigh*

 

Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders - 2Teaspoons

 

Did I mention these chicken tenders are amazing?!

Photographing them was super challenging.  Chris and I (mostly Chris I swear) kept eating them between shots.  He kept finding reasons to “rearrange” the tenders.  More like excuses to sneak more tenders. But he’s not as sneaky as he thinks.  I saw every time he ate one.  But I can’t really blame him – I’m just happy I made extra!

 

Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders - 2Teaspoons

 

Two things.  Panko breadcrumbs are amazing, and these little guys go with everything.  Eat them straight up.  Dunk them in your favorite sauce (I love Buffalo sauce!).  Put them on pizza.  Make them into a sandwich.  Use them to top a salad.  Go crazy! We did 🙂

 

Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders - 2Teaspoons

 

Delicious, crunchy, juicy, little chicken bits!  These little guys are full of flavor, but only contain a fraction of the fat.

They really aren’t fried, pinky swear.  You won’t believe it either 🙂

 

Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders - 2Teaspoons

 

5.0 from 17 reviews
Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders
 
Delicious, crunchy, juicy, little chicken bits! These little guys are full of flavor, but only contain a fraction of the fat. They really aren’t fried, pinky swear. You won’t believe it either 🙂
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • splash of milk
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • optional: your favorite dipping sauce!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a wire rack inside a baking sheet. Spray rack with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over low heat. Add breadcrumbs and slowly stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Set up breading station by putting three shallow bowls on counter. Fill first bowl with egg and milk, second bowl with flour, and third bowl with breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
  4. Cut chicken in to bite-sized pieces. Dunk chicken in egg mixture bowl, then flour bowl, then shake off excess. Place chicken back into egg mixture bowl, then roll in breadcrumb bowl, coating thoroughly. Press breadcrumbs into chicken and place on a wire wrack.
  5. Once all chicken pieces are breaded, spray chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees). Let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve straight up or with your favorite dipping sauce!

 

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  1. says

    Most delicious tenders ever! I made this with chicken tenders and served them to my family over waffles. Everyone loved them! Only addition was to add a bit of garlic when I browned the panko. Tripled the recipe for my family and will definitely make again. Thanks for an easy weeknight meal.

    • says

      Thanks Amy! Your meal sounds wonderful! I’ve recently discovered the wonders of chicken and waffles and will have to give this a try – thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Sissy T says

    Planning a “Chicken and Waffles” brunch for 10 next month and needed a recipe for chicken tenders I could fix in the oven. Did some reading and searching and found your recipe. Read the comments and decided this would be the first recipe I would try. Just made them. Don’t need to try any more recipes. Great with syrup and wonderful with honey. Easy recipe that allows for lots of variations when I need tenders for other menus. Thanks

  3. Madeline says

    I made these tonight using Italian style Panko bread crumbs. While I loved the crunch and the tenderness of the chicken, I wasn’t too fond of the garlic after taste. Should I be using plain panko/Japanese?

    • says

      Hi Madeline! If you use flavored breadcrumbs the chicken tenders will definitely taste like that flavor. I usually use plain breadcrumbs and add spices separately if I feel like mixing the recipe up a bit.

  4. Taylor says

    Hi! My mom cannot eat fried foods anymore & her stomach gets upset easily…but loves chicken tenders. So I want to try and make these for her, only she doesn’t like eggs, lol. She’s a picky eater. Do you have some other things to recommend to use in place of the eggs? I just wanted to hear a few options to chose from. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Taylor! Thanks for reaching out with your questions. Other readers have used a mixture of unsweetened yogurt and milk (just enough milk to thin the yogurt out a little). You could also probably just use milk, but it might be a little tricky to get as much breading to stick to the chicken. Good luck – I hope your mom enjoys them!

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