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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

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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!

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).
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    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!

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    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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