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 20 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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    • says

      Hi Calandra! I’m happy you enjoyed the chicken tenders. I haven’t tried freezing these, but I would think that you could freeze them after they are fully cooked and reheat them like you would any frozen chicken tenders. Let me know how it turns out. Enjoy 🙂

  1. Jerry says

    We made these yesterday for a Super Bowl party, and they were great! This will definitely become one of our go-to recipes!

  2. Chef EasyE says

    Loved the crispiness and the fact that it was baked, but it was way underseasoned. Also needed a second egg for the second dipping, however…
    Next tine I plan to use ranch dressing for the first dipping (and the 1 egg/milk mixture for the second dipping) and up the salt from a dash to 1/2 tsp.
    I served it with a homemade cream of mushroom soup and they paired very well together. My 9-year old was a big fan.

    • says

      Hi Chef EasyE! I’m delighted you enjoyed the recipe! I love to add different combinations of spices to this recipe, and I bet a ranch dressing seasoning packet will add a wonderful flavor. Enjoy 🙂

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