Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

5 from 4 votes

These Oven Fried Chicken Tenders are juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and flavorful all around, making them an easy weeknight family dinner!

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If you’re looking for easy chicken recipes, this one is for you! These oven fried chicken tenders are not actually fried, but baked in the oven. Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, these crispy chicken tenders make a perfect weeknight meal.

Oven fried chicken tenders on a white plate with tomato ketchup

Enjoy the taste of fried chicken without the frying! These chicken tenders get so crispy in the oven, so it has a similar effect to fried chicken – in a healthy way. Aside from the major-reduction in grease factor on your fingers, I think these taste just as good or even better than traditional fried chicken. They’re juicy, crispy and so easy to whip together.

They are great to serve with my Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries or Baked Zucchini Fries.

Ingredients

  • Chicken tenders: You can also make these with skinless chicken breasts cut into strips.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, mustard, paprika and dried thyme.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: These are the trick to getting perfectly crispy tenders. They crisp up woderfully in the oven to get that crunchy bite. Make this recipe gluten-free by using GF breadcrumbs.
  • Egg: Beaten to help the breadcrumbs and seasoning stick to the chicken.

How to make oven fried chicken tenders

Mix together the egg mixture in one bowl and the breadcrumb mixture in another. One by one dip the chicken into the egg then the breadcrumb and lay on to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Breaded chicken before being baked

Bake in the oven until crispy and golden. It’s that simple!

Baked chicken tenders just baked

I topped them off with some fresh parsley and we just dipped them in ketchup. They’re so addicting!

Oh Oven Fried Chicken Tenders, you never let me down!

Tips To Make Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

  • Make them extra crispy. If you want them extra crispy, you can also cook them on a wire rack over the baking dish, but most days I just want convenience, so I opt for the parchment paper that I can simply toss afterwards.
  • Tenderize the tenders before coating them. Lightly press each tender with a fork, this will help to soften the fibers in the chicken and make them less chewy.
  • Set up your dredging station first. When you dredge the tenders, try to keep one hand wet and one dry and this will help you to stop getting in a mess!
  • Spread the tenders in a single layer on the baking sheet. This will help them get crispy all over so make sure they aren’t touching.

Frequently asked questions

What makes these oven fried chicken tenders different?

I like to whisk eggs with mustard to give them a juicy inside with a slight spicy flavor from the mustard. And I prefer to use panko breadcrumbs over traditional breadcrumbs because they have more of a crunch, especially if you toast them beforehand.

What are chicken tenders?

Tenders are the piece of meat found just behind the breast of the chicken. They are a small and tender piece of chicken that is very lean and low in fat. If you can’t get tenders, you can substitute with strips of chicken breast.

Can you make oven fried chicken tenders ahead of time?

These chicken strips are best enjoyed straight out of the oven, but you can make them ahead of time and freeze them too. Prepare the chicken and then freeze them for up to 3 months. You can cook them straight from frozen for an easy weeknight meal.

Oven "Fried" Chicken Tenders on a white plate sprinkled with fresh herbs

These tenders are so perfect for an appetizer or as part of a larger meal. My kids love them and they are for sure a family favorite!

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Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

These Oven Fried Chicken Tenders are juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and flavorful all around, making them an easy weeknight family dinner!
5 from 4 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 234
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 12 1 ¼ lbs chicken tenders or skinless breasts cut into strips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 Tbsp mustard
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Ketchup or your favorite condiment, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lay the chicken tenders on a paper towel to try them and slightly tenderize them with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the eggs, mustard and salt and pepper. In another medium size bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, paprika and dried thyme. You can also use a ziplock bag for the panko mixture.
  • Dip the chicken into the eggs mixture, then toss into the panko mixture. Dust off any excess panko mixture and lay the chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for the remaining chicken and spread them out on the baking sheet so they are not touching.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until the chicken is golden.
  • Enjoy warm with ketchup or any other sauce, if desired.

Notes

Make ahead: These oven fried chicken tenders can also be made ahead and frozen. After preparing the chicken according to the instructions, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer for 2-3 hours. When they are frozen solid, you can place them in a ziplock bag and store for use up to 3 months later. When you are ready to bake, you can just add 5-10 extra minutes to the baking time.
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g, Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 136mg, Sodium: 293mg, Potassium: 605mg, Vitamin A: 390IU, Vitamin C: 1.8mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1.7mg

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    1. For sure! Spray the air fryer pan with cooking spray. Then spray the outside of the breaded chicken with cooking spray, if desired. Place the chicken in the basket of the air fryer, without over crowding the pan. You may need to work in batches. Cook 5 minutes. Turn chicken and spray with additional cooking spray; cook until chicken is golden brown, about 4-7 more minutes. Cook time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts.

      1. Thanks! Turned out great both times (the first half was cooked in the oven after prep, the second half I air fryed the leftovers). Thanks for your easy and tasty recipes!