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crispy chicken tenders on a white plate

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

Baked Chicken Tenders are an easy, healthier version to fried chicken tenders. They are so crispy and the added parmesan cheese gives them extra flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 298kcal


  • 4 cups plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 pounds chicken tenders 2 small packages
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or gluten free choice


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Toss the panko and oil on a baking sheet with a rim.
  • Bake for about 5 - 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until it is a deep golden brown.
  • Let cool completely. Crush the panko a little by squeezing handfuls. This will help the crumbs stick better to the chicken.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese to the panko and mix well.
  • Place the flour in a zip lock or grocery bag and add the chicken to it and shake, shake, shake to coat well.
  • Whisk eggs in a bowl.
  • Dip chicken pieces in the egg, then coat with the panko, pressing to adhere.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack that is placed on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake at 425 degrees. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping once, until cooked through.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1.9mg