Crispy Oven Chicken Tenders


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Crispy Chicken Tenders are a meal that the kids (and the adults) love!

Juicy seasoned strips of white meat are breaded with panko and cornflakes for the ultimate crunch

Healthier than deep fried with big flavor, these have a perfectly crispy crust that’s great for dipping and dunking!

Crispy Oven Chicken Tenders with honey mustard sauce

Easy Family Favorite

Who doesn’t love a good crispy crunchy piece of chicken? We sure do!

This easy recipe skips the mess (and fat) of deep frying for an extra crispy oven-baked version! The combination of crumbs in the coating create the perfect crispy texture and great flavor.

Baking the chicken at a high temperature ensures you get the crunch you’re looking for while keeping the meat tender and juicy.

What are Chicken Tenders?

The tenderloin is a nice, juicy strip of white meat located just under the breast bone. It’s simple enough to remove from a bone-in breast to make chicken tenders. But it’s way easier to purchase tenderloins separately.

Another option is to use chicken breasts and slice them into chicken breasts into 3/4 inch slices before breading.

TIP: To make cutting easier, freeze the chicken breasts for 15-20 minutes before slicing.

Ingredients

FLOUR/EGG The flour mixture and the beaten egg help ensure the crumbs stick to the chicken. Be sure to season each with a bit of salt & pepper!

BREADING The breading in this recipe is a combination of Panko crumbs for crunch and cornflake crumbs for flavor. If you don’t have cornflake crumbs, you can crush your own cornflakes with a couple of pulses in a food processor.

If you don’t have cornflakes, you can use crushed Rice Krispies or crushed buttery crackers (such as Ritz). Make the crumbs fairly small so they blend well with the Panko.

Crispy Oven Chicken Tenders being dipped and coated

How to Make Homemade Chicken Tenders

It takes 3 simple steps to make these delicious homemade tenders, fresh from the oven!

  1. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour (per recipe below) and then in egg and finally into the panko mixture.
  2. Place on a parchment lined pan and spray with cooking spray or olive oil spray.
  3. Bake until golden and crisp!

Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce or make a dipping station with a whole assortment of delicious options!

Tips for an Extra Crispy Coating

  • Ensure your chicken is dabbed dry before starting
  • Use Panko in place of regular breadcrumbs, they have extra crunch
  • Cook at a high temperature (425°F)
  • Spray with cooking spray or olive oil before baking.

Raw Crispy Oven Chicken Tenders on a baking sheet

How to Cook (Oven Fried/Air Fryer)

Chicken is lean and these tenders don’t take long to so make sure you don’t overcook them!

How Long to Cook in the Oven: For regular oven cooking time may take the full 22 minutes. Chicken can dry out if overcooked, so be sure not to overcook!

Convection Oven: Convection ovens will cook chicken tenders evenly and leave them crunchy on the outside and oh-so-juicy on the inside (and they take less time, too)! Try convecting for 15-18 minutes, making sure that no pink remains in the center of the chicken!

Air Fryer Directions: Cook tenders in a single layer at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or just until cooked through. The second batch may need a minute or two less as the airfryer will be preheated.

Crispy Oven Chicken Tender being dipped in honey mustard sauce

Got Dip?

While we serve these with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob the dip is one of our favorite parts!

More Crispy Chicken Favorites

Did you make these crispy chicken tenders?  Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

Crispy Oven Chicken Tender being dipped in honey mustard sauce
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Review Recipe

Crispy Oven Chicken Tenders

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
These Chicken Tenders are coated in a bread crumb mixture & then oven-baked until crispy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast tenders or whole chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten with 2 tablespoons water

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  • Cut chicken breasts into 3/4" pieces if using whole chicken breasts.
  • Combine flour and seasoned salt in a bowl.
  • Combine cornflake crumbs, panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  • Lightly dredge chicken in flour, dip in eggs and finally dip in the bread crumb mixture.
  • Place chicken on prepared pan and spray with cooking spray or oil.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes or until cooked through.

Recipe Notes

If using whole chicken breasts, freeze for 15-20 minutes before cutting.
No Cornflakes? No Problem! If you do not have cornflake crumbs, you can use cracker crumbs or extra panko.
Convection Oven: Reduce time to 15-18 minutes if using convection, making sure that no pink remains in the center of the chicken!
Air Fryer Directions: Cook tenders in a single layer at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or just until cooked through. The second batch may need a minute or two less as the air fryer will be preheated.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 527, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 46g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 191mg, Sodium: 1061mg, Potassium: 800mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1472IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 19mg
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  1. I made these tonight to cut up and add to the top of our dinner salads. They were amazing! Best breaded oven baked chicken I’ve ever made!!! These will definitely become one of our family’s go to meals. Thank you!!!5 stars

  2. Is it essential to spray with the oil before baking? I assume it makes them crisper….but I don’t have any spray oil.

    1. It does help them crisp up Ali, but it could be skipped if you don’t have any. Let us know how they turn out!

  3. Holly, this recipe is dynamite. For some odd reason, I didn’t have seasoned salt on hand so instead I mixed the flour with garlic powder, smoked paprika, roasted garlic and herb seasoning, and salt. I cooked the tenders on a cooling rack in the oven. They are better than any chicken tenders I’ve tried at a restaurant or frozen packages. I’ve been cooking several of your recipes over the past couple of weeks now, and to say the least I am impressed with your skills. Thank you so so much for everything you do.5 stars