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Homemade Chicken Tenders

This recipe for Homemade Chicken Tenders is so much healthier than fast-food chicken. If you've never tried making them yourself, it's pretty easy!

Homemade Chicken Tenders | easy recipe for healthy chicken tenders that taste better than fast food

Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Homemade Chicken Tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1.5 lbs boneless chicken tenders
  • nonstick cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place an oven-safe cooling rack onto a sheet pan.
  • In a shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  • Pour the milk into a bowl, and dip each chicken tender into the milk before dipping it into the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Press the crumbs onto each side of the chicken, then place onto the rack.
  • Spray the tops of the tenders with the cooking spray.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (use a digital thermometer to confirm internal temp of 165).

  • I've tried baking these flat on a baking sheet, but sometimes the bread crumb coating sticks to the pan, so I've started doing it this way where I use a metal cooling rack on top of a sheet pan. Then I just put the cooling rack in the dishwasher to clean it afterward.

    Homemade Chicken Tenders | easy recipe for healthy chicken tenders that taste better than fast food

    When I have the time or some extra help (like when my mom visits), I like to make a huge batch (5 pounds' worth) at once. They freeze really well, and then you have breaded chicken to make Chicken Parmesan or other meals. These also taste great in a sub roll with Caesar dressing and romaine lettuce, or with spaghetti sauce and shredded mozzarella. These Homemade Chicken Tenders are so versatile!

    Linked up to Too Cute Tuesdays at Funky Polkadot Giraffe.


    Wednesday 6th of April 2016

    My family would go crazy for these! I definitely need to make a batch for the freezer next time my local grocery store has chicken tenders on sale. I love the idea of eating them with romaine and Caesar dressing!

    I'd love for you to come link up at The Alder Collective party! http://bit.ly/1q69Npo


    Tuesday 5th of April 2016

    Gina, My son love chicken tenders! I've never made them at home, but I'd love to give your recipe a try! Thanks for coming over and sharing your recipe with us at Brag About It! I always enjoy seeing what you are sharing! Pinning and tweeting. ~Laurie

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