Appetizer Recipes

EXTRA Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders



There’s actually not anything extra scrumptious than a darn true crispy goujon, slathered on your favored dip. Ugh .. Yummy. It in reality wasn’t too lengthy ago I uploaded my Fried Chicken Tenders. Understandably deep frying isn’t for everyone, so I idea I’d see if it was viable to get the equal delicious flavour, the equal crispy outdoors AND the equal juicy fowl, whilst baking inside the oven.

Spoiler alert – the solution yes.

Before we get our fingers dirty, just so we’re all at the equal page:

  • What is a Chicken Tender – A bird tender is surely the strip of meat at once under the breast meat. You know, the worrying bit whilst you’re trying to butterfly the breast. As the call shows, it’s miles ever so barely extra gentle than the breast itself.


In assessment to fried bird tenders, in which you without a doubt coat in flour, for oven baked bird tenders you’ll need to coat them in breadcrumbs.

  • Breadcrumb Tip #1 – Make sure which you’re using Panko breadcrumbs. These are Japanese breadcrumbs, which are perfect for fowl tenders because the crumbs themselves are so big. Larger breadcrumbs = more crispiness! You’ll locate Panko breadcrumbs in maximum supermarkets, most probably within the Asian segment.
  • Breadcrumb Tip #2 – Toast your breadcrumbs earlier than coating! As you bake the chicken tenders, they’ll launch a small quantity of moisture. If the breadcrumbs are too gentle, they’ll certainly take in the moisture and pop out slightly gentle, instead of crispy.

You can genuinely spray your breadcrumbs with oil and bake them, however I prefer to fry in butter. Simply soften butter into a pan over medium warmth, stir on your breadcrumbs and fry until light golden. A ratio of 1 tbsp butter : 1 cup breadcrumbs works fantastic. Although it’s tempting, any greater butter and the crumbs come to be too oily/wet.



The next mystery to getting not most effective brilliant flavoursome fowl tenders, but extra crispy chicken tenders, is using parmesan.

If you’re a regular reader of mine you’ll know I use parmesan in practically everything. Well, those are no exception. By mixing in parmesan with the breadcrumbs you not handiest inject a pleasant salty flavour, but the parmesan helps bind the breadcrumbs together. To coat the tenders you’ll need three bowls:

  • Bowl #1 – Flour + Half of Spice Mix
  • Bowl #2 – Egg + Milk
  • Bowl #3 – Toasted Breadcrumbs + Parmesan + Half of Spice Mix


  1. Set up your bowls and bring fowl to room temp.
  2. Coat in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
  3. Place on a baking tray, ideally multiplied on a cord rack if you have one.

From there it’s genuinely a case of baking until golden and crispy! I then want to relaxation the tenders on a cooling rack for some minutes simply to permit the very last bit of steam get away. This will allow them to finish crisping up.


I’ve actually examined those with and with out parmesan. The parmesan does add a nice salty flavour and also enables with the crispiness, however it’s no longer a deal breaker if you don’t have it.


For me, this is the triumphing combo: paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.


You truely can! You’ll probably get around five-6 ‘tenders’ from one breast.

And there we’ve got it! Extra crispy hen tenders are yours for the taking. Just to summarise:


  • Use Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Toast the breadcrumbs before baking.
  • Use parmesan within the breadcrumbs.
  • Don’t cook dinner the chook immediately out the fridge (cold fowl seizes up and releases excess moisture).
  • Use a wire rack for baking and for cooling.

If you like the sound of these crispy baked chicken tenders, I realize you’ll LOVE my crispy baked jalapeno poppers, crispy baked fries and crispy baked avocado fries. And what’s a soft without a dip!



EXTRA Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

  • Author: Karen Collins
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 heaped tbsp Butter
  • 1oz / 30g freshly grated Parmesan (see notes)
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups / 75g Panko Breadcrumbs (see notes)
  • 1 tsp each: Paprika, Salt
  • 1/3 cup / 70g Flour
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste
  • 1.3lb / 600g Chicken Tenders OR Chicken Breast, sliced into strips & at room temp (see notes)
  • Oil Spray
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp each: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper

Equipment :

  • 3 Large Bowls
  • Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Cooling Rack
  • Small Bowl (for spice mix)
  • Large Baking Tray + Wire Rack (optional)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board


  1. Melt 1 heaped tbsp butter into a frying pan over medium warmness and stir in 1.25cups/75g Panko breadcrumbs. Continue frying for five or so minutes till the breadcrumbs turn light golden. Remove from warmness.
  2. Pre heat oven to 200c/390f.
  3. In a small bowl integrate 1 tsp paprika and salt, 1/four tsp onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste).
  4. Line up 3 huge bowls. In the primary bowl integrate 1/3cup/70g flour with 1 tsp of your spice blend. In the second integrate 1 overwhelmed egg with 2 tbsp milk. In the third combine breadcrumbs with 1oz/30g parmesan and the rest of your spice blend.
  5. One by means of one dip your tenders first into the flour, then into the egg and subsequently into the breadcrumbs, ensuring you completely coat at every stage (especially the ultimate).
  6. Space out (important in order that they do not turn gentle) on a baking tray (ideally multiplied on a twine rack when you have one), spray with oil then pop within the oven for 20mins or until golden, crispy and piping warm thru the centre. If at all you word them starting to char at all, turn down the warmth.
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  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 354
  • Sugar: 1.72g
  • Sodium: 914mg
  • Fat: 11.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.038g
  • Trans Fat: 0.084g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.21g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 41.21g
  • Cholesterol: 275mg


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