Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Tenders [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 4 reviews

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders have a crunchy layer of crumbs on the outside and a juicy and tender on the inside! They are also simple and easy to prepare!

We love oven-baked recipes, as they are usually bursting with flavor and at the same time on the healthier side. You should definitely check our: Crispy Oven Baked Tilapia, Crispy Baked Tofu, and Barbecue Ribs!

Oven baked chicken tenders photo.

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders are a crowd favorite! The different textures that this dish has adds to its overall appeal. It is extremely versatile, too. Serve it with an array of dip choices, and you get yourself a great party entree! Kids also love these, and they make great lunch box additions.

We use chicken breasts to make the chicken strips in this recipe. Since they are boneless, preparing the meat is easy. And this makes it ideal to serve as finger food, especially for kids!

However, this cut does not have a lot of flavors. And this makes the recipe a great way to prepare it since we will be cutting them into strips which increases the surface area. The increased surface area means more area to add seasonings, hence make chicken tenders taste amazing!

What are chicken tenders?

In the market, they are just breasts cut into strips. They are also called fillets or fingers.

But in reality, they are parts in the chicken beneath the breasts – essentially, the tenderloin and is pretty much the same as the pork’s tenderloin.

Photo of crispy oven baked chicken tenders dipped in ketchup.

What is the difference between chicken tenders and chicken nuggets

Tenders come from an actual part of the chicken and are solid. Meanwhile, nuggets are formed bits of meat, though the meat may come from the breasts, too. Nuggets are breaded and sometimes marinated.

Since the nuggets are more processed between the two, it may be less healthy. You will not know which part is used to make those nuggets, too. Hence, if you are to cook them, it is better if you can make them from scratch.

Are chicken tenders healthy?

Yes! The white meat used for this recipe is lean, low in calories and a good source of protein. But when fried, the calories increase.

It’s a good thing that this recipe calls for baking rather than deep-frying. Not only is the cleanup easy, but you have more room for the increase in calories brought about by dipping in sauces.

Image of baked chicken tenders on a baking dish.

How do you make crispy oven baked chicken tenders:

  • Prepare the oven: Preheat to 400 degrees. Line your tray with parchment paper or spray some non-stick spray.
  • Prepare the breading: Mix together the flour, salt and pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a shallow dish. Lightly beat some eggs in a separate bowl. On another bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs and regular breadcrumbs.
  • Coat: Coat each piece of meat in flour mixture, egg, and breadcrumbs in this order. Spray each piece with cooking spray.
  • Bake: Arrange the pieces neatly on the tray and then, bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with your favorite sauce.

What to serve with chicken tenders:

Serve it with something light and simple like roasted vegetables. Here are a few suggestions:

Also, you can serve this with ketchup or your favorite sauce. Here are some sauce suggestions:

How to store:

  • Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.
  • Freezer: If you want it frozen, you can store it for at least 2 months.
  • To reheat: Thaw and bake the leftovers in the oven preheated at 350 degrees.

Image of crispy oven baked chicken tenders on a white plate.

Recipe Tips:

  • Aside from serving it with the sauce as a dip, you can coat the cooked chicken strips with the sauce. Put the sauce and strips in a plastic container, cover, and then, shake well until evenly distributed.
  • Do not microwave if you want to reheat this dish or else, it will dry out.
  • Make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees for safety.

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5 from 4 reviews

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 chicken strips
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 40 mins

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Nutrition information

Calories: 191 Carbohydrates: 18 Protein: 19 Fat: 3 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 75 Sodium: 394 Potassium: 335 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 145 Vitamin C: 0.9 Calcium: 35 Iron: 1.6
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Stacie

That looks so good! I love this lighter version of the breading. I have to make this!

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Kathy

Those look amazing! I've been wanting to make these for some time now. I will make sure to save this to try later. I'm sure my family will love them.

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krystal

These are my favorite way to make them! Easy for summer.

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Rachel

These look so tasty. I love a good, flavorful crunch.

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Heather

This looks like a great recipe! I love to make stuff and this look perfect as my next thing.

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Ruth I

Very nice finger food indeed, no question. I will be hooked by it's tenderness and taste. All that I am looking for in a chicken is here.

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Me

This recipe, coupled with brining, has changed my life about chicken fingers!! AMAZING! Perfect every time. Great job Catalina!!!

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Julie

There's no sense in waiting or doing it any other way!

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Michael Annese

Is that nutrition info for the 12 strips?

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per strip

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Kourtney

Tasted great! Things I did different were to slightly season the chicken with chicken rub. For my kids, I did everything else exactly the same except the last 5 minutes change to boil. Then after I finished the kids I added 2 tablespoons of red hot sauce to the flour, followed everything else as normal, cooked 15 minutes, cooked them with wing sauce, then boil 5 minutes. They were great!

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Lada

This turned out great and easy for a beginner! It didn't turn brown as much as I wanted so next time I will maybe put it on higher towards the end and shorten bake time a bit.

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