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Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

I love chicken tenders, but I hate always having to pull out the deep fryer.  The problem with oven baked tenders is that they are never crispy and delicious like their fried counterpart.  So I was experimenting and found the perfect way to bake crispy and juicy chicken tenders.  The key is panko bread crumbs and vegetable spray.

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

The first step is to prep the chicken tenders.  Trim the fat and remove the tendon.  Then season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Season the tenders

Next setup the dredging stations.  First add 1 cup of flour to a shallow dish.  Then season the flour with 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper.  Then add three eggs, 1 tbs dijon mustard, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper to another shallow dish or bowl.  Whisk together.

The egg wash

Finally add 1 cup of panko bread crumbs and 2 tsp of paprika to a third shallow dish.  The paprika helps to give the tenders a nice brown color when cooked.  Remember we eat with our eyes too. For dishes, I like pie plates as they provide a nice medium for dipping the tenders.

Panko Breadcrumbs

To bread the tenders, place the tenders into the flour and coat.  Shake the tenders to remove excess flour and then dip them into the egg mixture.

Into the egg wash

Finally place the egg drenched tenders into the panko bread crumbs.

Bread with the Panko

Place the tenders on a greased rack that is placed over a baking sheet.

Fully Breaded

Once all of the tenders are breaded spray them lightly with vegetable spray.  Make sure to spray both sides.  As you can see from the picture once sprayed the tenders start to look delicious.  The two tenders on the bottom have yet to be sprayed.  The vegetable spray is key as it causes the panko bread crumbs to crisp and brown.

Spray with vegetable spray

Place the tray into the preheated 425 degree oven for 15-17 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the breading is nicely browned.

Perfectly Cooked

Remove and serve.

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 3-4
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Perfectly crisp and delicious oven baked chicken tenders.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • vegetable spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. The first step is to prep the chicken tenders. Trim the fat and remove the tendon. Then season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Next setup the dredging stations. First add 1 cup of flour to a shallow dish. Then season the flour with 1 tsp of salt and ½ tsp of pepper. Then add three eggs, 1 tbs dijon mustard, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper and ¼ tsp cayenne pepper to another shallow dish or bowl. Whisk together.
  4. Finally add 1 cup of panko bread crumbs and 2 tsp of paprika to a third shallow dish.
  5. To bread the tenders, place the tenders into the flour and coat. Shake the tenders to remove excess flour and then dip them into the egg mixture.
  6. Finally place the egg drenched tenders into the panko bread crumbs.
  7. Place the tenders on a greased rack that is placed over a baking sheet.
  8. Once all of the tenders are breaded spray them lightly with vegetable spray. Make sure to spray both sides.
  9. Place the tray into the preheated 425 degree oven for 15-17 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the breading is nicely browned.
  10. Remove and serve.
 

These were some of the most delicious tenders that I have ever eaten.

Awesome Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

The chicken was moist and the breading was crispy and delicious.


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Comments
  • comment avatar Brian August 9, 2012

    Looks like a simple and delicious way to make these. And probably much healthier.

    You know me, Rex, I gotta ask what sauce you like to serve with these tenders? I'm thinking something creamy and cool and savory, even a homemade onion dip. Or a big, bold bbq sauce or hot sauce.

    • comment avatar savoryreviews August 9, 2012

      Brian, I love a nice bbq sauce with my tenders. I am working on a post for my new go to bbq sauce. It should be ready later this week. Sometimes I eat them on a sandwich with some marinara too. Delicious.

  • comment avatar nibblemethis August 12, 2012

    I have to admit, I hate oven fried stuff but those do NOT look oven fried at all. Great tip about the Pam.

    • comment avatar savoryreviews October 17, 2012

      Thanks Chris! I also hate oven fried stuff, but these came out exceptionally good.

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  • comment avatar natticusfinch October 13, 2012

    I tried this tonight and it came out fantastic! Really moist with a great crunch.

    • comment avatar savoryreviews October 17, 2012

      natticusfinch – Glad you enjoyed it. The addition of the cooking spray before baking makes them so crunchy. Thanks for the awesome comment.

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  • comment avatar josephine January 18, 2013

    I do like this baked chicken tenders and here is just what I would like to bake for my family and fro my friends. I just really want to eat it all.

  • comment avatar AmberGardner February 12, 2013

    These are beautiful!

  • comment avatar Bobbie April 1, 2013

    The highest compliment anyone can receive is from a teenager! My 16 y/o stepson told me it was really good!!! Since I always buy jumbo eggs I only used two and after I sprayed them with canola oil I dusted them with paprika. Many thanks!

    • comment avatar Cindie August 20, 2013

      I did mine the same exact way! They came out awesome! Thank you for the great recipe :)

  • comment avatar Bobbie August 26, 2013

    I once ran out of whole wheat flour so I used ground flax seed instead as the 1st step in the dredging process. Noticed that paprika was getting lost when I mixed it with the panko. Now I sprinkle all the tenders, both sides,with paprika right before I pop them in the oven.

    • comment avatar savoryreviews August 30, 2013

      Great idea about sprinkling the tenders with the paprika so that it does not get lost in the panko. Glad you liked the tenders.

  • comment avatar Grace October 6, 2013

    Just tested this recipe for use in my food science class (breading technique and healthier options baked vs. fried) – I am amazed, the tenders are juicy with a nice crunch! Thanks so much!
    I also made my own honey mustard: prepared yellow mustard, honey, and crushed red pepper – tasty!

  • comment avatar Donnabea October 13, 2013

    These are the best chicken tenders I ever had! I personally am a chicken lover… I love chickens, not just the meat! After having many chickens throughout the years please remember they are actually really smart animals and fun to watch and snuggle with as well! They each have their own personality and are very very smart animals Anyway… Because of that please try to buy more humane varieties of chicken (and eggs!) Yes… It is more expensive. But the chickens are taken care of and are at least able to enjoy their life before they are quickly and humanely slaughtered.

    • comment avatar Donnabea October 13, 2013

      Continued….Anyway back to the recipie… I tend to enjoy them a little spicier so I add more cayenne pepper. Not a lot more, as it is a strong spice and you can always add more, but you can't take away! I like to dip them in ranch. If you are trying to eat healthier I recommend making your own ranch using a ranch packet and greek yogurt. Be careful not to put too much of the ranch packet in with the yogurt, it only needs a little. Also if you have freeze dried or fresh dill that also adds to the flavor. You can thin it out with a little milk if desired. It tastes just like ranch, I served this at a dinner I had and no one even knew. They were asking where I got the ranch from because it was so good!

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