Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders

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What to do with an empty jar of pickles? Make juicy Pickle Brined Baked Chicken Tenders. It's a take on the Chick-fil-A chicken recipe but made healthier!

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Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders

What do you do when your big jar of pickles is done? Save the pickle juice and use it to marinate chicken tenders for finger-lickin’ juicy baked chicken! We love munching on these dippable Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders for lunch and dinner. Think Chick-Fil-a but without all the grease and calories, plus you’re being resourceful! Pair the tenders up with my delicious Butternut Squash Fries and you have a healthy spin on a traditional American dish the kids are sure to love.

And if you’re not in the mood for pickle-brined chicken you still shouldn’t throw out that pickle juice — it’s a hidden health gem. Because pickle juice contains a lot of sodium and potassium it’s the perfect match for a post-workout drink. Yes, drink! Sip on some pickle juice to replenish electrolytes, get hydrated and ease runners cramping. It’s a great alternative to a sports drink chock full of calories.

This recipe has been adapted from www.skinnytaste.com

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  • 1 lb skinless chicken breast, cut into tenders/strips
  • Pickle juice from 25 oz jar of pickles (should be about 1-2 cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used ½ tsp of each)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. For best results, marinate chicken tenders in the pickle juice for about 8 hours in the fridge.
  2. After 8 hours, pour out the brine and use paper towels to dry out the chicken tenders completely.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In one medium bowl, whisk egg with salt and pepper to taste. In another medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, panko and Italian seasoning.
  5. Dredge chicken in the egg wash, then into the breadcrumb mixture, and then shake off excess breadcrumbs and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Repeat for the remaining chicken strips, making sure not to overcrowd the baking sheet.
  7. Generally spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray and bake for 15-18 minutes, turning at the halfway point until chicken is golden. Enjoy immediately with ketchup or other sauce of choice.

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