Baked Chicken Tenders

These Easy Baked Chicken Tenders are packed with all of the familiar flavors you love, but made lighter! They have a perfectly crisp breading that coats tender white meat chicken for a classic comfort food you can feel good about.

Classic Chicken Tenders with a Healthy Twist!

To say I love chicken tenders might be an understatement! And as a self proclaimed chicken tender connoisseur, there are a few things that make some chicken tenders better than the rest:

Perfectly TENDER chicken inside – Tough = gross.

Perfectly crispy outside– The right amount of breading so nothing is soggy.

Flavorful breading– NO bland breaded chicken tenders

These baked chicken tenders check all the boxes and are far more healthy than the traditional kind since they are made in the oven instead of fried.

What to Serve with Chicken Tenders

Since chicken tenders are a classic American staple, they go well with all of your comfort food favorites! Choose one, or bulk up the meal with a few of these options.


2 lbs chicken tenderloins

1/4 cup flour all purpose

1/3 cup plain bread crumbs

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 large eggs (scrambled, raw)


Baked Chicken Tenders



Mix the bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and pepper together in a shallow dish and set aside. Place the flour and eggs each in their own shallow dish.

Dredge each chicken tenderloin in flour to coat, then place it in the egg mixture to wet the flour, and finally, coat it in the bread crumb mixture on all sides. Place each chicken tender on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Once all tenders are coated, discard any extra flour, eggs, or breadcrumbs.

Bake at 400 on the lower oven rack for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165°F internal temp.)

Remove from the oven and serve immediately or place chicken tenders on a wire cooling rack until you are ready to serve.


This recipe will make about 12 chicken tenders.

If you don’t have chicken tenderloins you can cut chicken breast into thin strips to get a similar result.

This meal doesn’t save well as leftovers, so I recommend only making enough for what you plan to eat immediately.