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crispy tenders on a white plate with parsley

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These crispy and healthy baked chicken tenders are baked in the oven instead of fried. They’re breaded in panko mixed with seasoning and oil, then baked to make a super crispy coating. Plus, they’re kid approved!


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 teaspoons avocado oil or organic canola oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil.
  2. Mix all-purpose flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish.
  3. Beat eggs in a second shallow dish. Set next to the flour.
  4. Stir breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a third shallow dish. Drizzle oil over the breadcrumb mixture and then mix thoroughly with a fork until all of the oil and spice coats the breadcrumbs.  Set to the side of the egg mixture.
  5. Use one hand for dry ingredients and one for wet ingredients while dredging the tenders. Dip a chicken tender in the flour mixture, turning to coat completely. Dip into the eggs, coating completely.  Press into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat completely.  Set on the prepared baking sheet. Continue with the remaining tenders one at a time. Discard any left-over dredging mixtures.
  6. Transfer the baking sheet of breaded tenders into the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through, 22 to 25 minutes.


These can be made with regular breadcrumbs, but they will not be as crispy.

Discard leftover breading, as it came in contact with raw chicken and raw egg.

Sweet Paprika is also known simply as paprika. In this recipe it serves to color the breadcrumb mixture to give it a golden hue as if it had been fried. It doesn’t contribute a lot of flavor to the final dish. However, hot paprika or smoked paprika would dramatically alter the flavor of the final dish.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 to 3 chicken tenders each
  • Calories: 240
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 584 mg
  • Fat: 9.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 21.2

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