Raise your hand if you need a quick and easy dinner recipe that no one will complain about. HANDS UP! I’m sharing how to make easy baked chicken tenders that come out so crispy and leave everyone happy!
Who else is raising children that will only eat chicken? If that is the case, then I have created the creme de la creme of easy foods for you to make. The best part? It’s also simple! You won’t have to fight with your kids to make these Easy Baked Chicken Tenders. They are so delicious and perfect for dinner any night of the week.
I don’t blame the kids for liking chicken nuggets and chicken tenders so much. It’s always their go-to meal whenever we go out to eat. However, sometimes you just need to eat at home and you need an easy recipe! Baked chicken tenders also seem to be a lot healthier than any other chicken I’ve gotten at a fast-food restaurant.
Making these chicken tenders at home are easy peasy and you can have your sanity back. Breaded chicken tenders are always a hit at dinner at our home!
What Are Baked Chicken Tenders?
Every single one of us has enjoyed amazing crispy chicken tenders in our lifetime. Baked chicken tenders are small pieces of chicken tenderloin that are breaded and then baked. Easy baked chicken tenders are also very kid friendly, so no complaints on chicken tender night!
Baked Chicken Tender Ingredients
Are you excited to make these Easy Baked Chicken Tenders? You can easily make these right at home with just a few ingredients.
- Chicken tenderloins
- Bread crumbs
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
Chicken tenderloins – You can buy chicken tenderloin at the store or you can buy chicken breast and slice them into strips. I find that buying the chicken breast is cheaper but the tenderloin saves on time.
Bread crumbs – You have a few options when it comes to bread crumbs. You can buy plain ones, seasoned ones like Italian flavored or a gluten free variety. I like the Aleia brand gluten free bread crumbs. Or you can try to make your own bread crumbs!
Flour – You can use any kind of flour you would like for these tenders. Plain, whole wheat or gluten free work great here.
Milk – Use any type of milk you prefer here. If you want to make it dairy-free, I suggest an unsweetened almond milk.
Spices – To make these baked chicken tenders I used salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika. Together these spices give the tenders a nice subtle flavor that everyone enjoys. Feel free to change the spices to your tastes.
Are Tenderloins Healthy?
One of the best things about these easy chicken tenders that they are healthy. Chicken tenders make for a great protein, especially since they are baked and not fried! You don’t have to worry about frying these chicken tenders because they come out just as crispy baked.
How to Make Breaded Chicken Tenders in the Oven
Once you have gathered all your ingredients you will also need:
- two shallow bowls
- wire cooling rack
- aluminum foil
- baking sheet
You’ll want to preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow bowl, combine milk, flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Whisk to mix.
In a separate shallow bowl add the breadcrumbs. Go ahead and dip each chicken tenderloin in the milk and flour mixture to coat.
Dip each coated chicken tender in the breadcrumbs to cover. You will then want to place each covered tenderloin on a wire rack placed on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
You’ll want to place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is done.
How Long Do You Cook Easy Chicken Tenders?
For this specific recipe, you are going to bake these chicken tenders in the oven for around 10-12 minutes. If they aren’t gone in this amount of time, then you’ll need to bake them until they are cooked thoroughly and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
What Temperature Do You Cook Crispy Chicken Tenders At?
To get those chicken tenders nice and crispy, you are going to cook them in the oven at 400 degrees.
What Do I Serve With Baked Chicken Tenders?
When you make these chicken tenders, you may be wondering what to cook with them. There are some awesome side options!
- Homemade Bacon Mac and Cheese
- Oven roasted green beans
- Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Honey mustard dipping sauce
- Asparagus Almondine Recipe
How do I store baked chicken tenders?
You will want to store these tenders in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for about a week in the fridge.
Can I freeze baked chicken tenders?
You can! Make the recipe and allow the tenders to cool completely. Place on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer. Once frozen (a few hours) remove from sheet, place in a ziplock bag and place back in the freezer.
To re-heat, place the frozen tenders directly on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
- 1 pound chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a shallow bowl, combine milk, flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Stir to mix.
3. In a separate shallow bowl add the breadcrumbs.
4. Dip each chicken tenderloin in the milk and flour mixture to coat.
5. Then, dip each coated chicken tender in the breadcrumbs to coat.
6. Place each covered tenderloin on a wire rack placed on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
7 .Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is cook through with an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 tenders
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 601mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 51g