Oven baked chicken tenders, that is without frying, are among the most common chicken food items in the USA, and they aren’t for kids alone, grownups love them as well
My family loves and enjoys this dish due to the fact that the crust is all you would ever want with a chicken tender that is not fried, which means that now there’s no need to go out and eat this before you can enjoy this!
This made-at-home recipe for baked chicken tenders is the ideal option for pre-packaged frozen tenders. They are made with genuine, unprocessed chicken, and you will have very little clean-up after dinner due to the fact that they are not fried but baked.
I use recipes like this to plan for my family’s meal rotation. So rather than starting from scratch, it is always better to take out a family’s favorites meal and then recreate them into healthier and nicer versions.
How to make baked chicken tenders
Getting these baked chicken tenders on your table is very easy, so let’s get to the steps one after the other.
The oven should be preheated to 400oF and line a big baking sheet with parchment paper.
Set out 3 medium bowls. Combine white flour, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the first bowl and stir to mix very well.
Combine minced garlic and blended egg in the second bowl and stir.
And in the 3rd bowl, mix paprika, basil, parmesan cheese, and Panko. Stir to mix perfectly.
First place the tenders in the flour combination, followed by the egg mix, then lastly, put it in the panko mixture, make sure each piece is evenly coated.
Lace the tenders on a sheet pan leaving adequate space around each tender and bake for around 15 minutes prior to turning them to the other side and then bake for additional 5 to 8 minutes, or up until the temperature level is around 165oF.
Remove your baked chicken tenders from the oven, allow the tenders to cool for about 5 minutes, then get your preferred dipping sauce and serve!
Making your baked chicken tenders crunchy!
Thanks to using the Panko breadcrumbs they are completely tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. You’ll love everything!
Obviously, you can use routine breadcrumbs if need be, but Panko is perfect for adding additional texture and crisp without a lot of calories or carbs.
How to make gluten-free chicken tenders at home
A 1:1 gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour can be used if you really need a gluten-free dish. I have a simple recipe for gluten-free Panko breadcrumb that would be best for these chicken tenders.
Freezing your baked chicken tenders
Things get better! You can freeze your homemade chicken tenders before cooking by placing them on a parchment-lined tray, freeze them and easily transfer them into a freezer-safe bag.
The zip bag can be labeled with the oven temperature level and time (make sure to add about 2 to 3 to the cooking time if you want to cook them frozen) you now have a dish that yields leftovers for another meal.
Packing your baked chicken tenders in a lunchbox
Kids enjoy baked chicken tenders and nuggets from the drive-thru for lunch so it is always better to have the chicken tenders packed in a lunchbox. They can be baked the night before, making a couple of extras, and keep them in the fridge.
Packing them for a lunch is easy, just take them out of the refrigerator in the morning, pack them into a lunchbox, and enjoy at lunch with a dipping sauce.
You can reheat the tenders in the oven or toaster oven if eating lunch at home.
How to make chicken tenders’ dipping sauce
Talking about dipping sauce, do you have a favorite? When it comes to chicken tenders, I am partial to barbeque but there are many alternatives. Here are a couple of family favorites you will love with this recipe along with my homemade chicken nuggets.
- Healthy Homemade Ketchup recipe
- 5 Minute Homemade Cattle Ranch
- Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- Easy Broccoli Pesto
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