It is so tempting to empty a bag of frozen pre-made chicken tenders onto a sheet pan and bake them when in a hurry to get dinner on the table for the kids.

There is no denying that frozen tenders and nuggets are convenient. I am just not all that keen on some of the ingredients, especially the preservatives, fillers, and sodium.

Chicken Tenders Recipe

Making your own tenders can be much healthier and definitely tastier. It is fairly easy to make this recipe for baked chicken tenders that are as crunchy as deep-fried tenderloins.

The secret is to use potato chips for that super crunch factor.

Serve these tasty tenders with a dipping sauce, such as honey mustard, ranch dressing, or just ketchup. Here is an easy recipe for how to make baked chicken tenders.

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders Ingredients

How to Make Baked Chicken Tenders

Equipment

  • 3 bowls
  • Parchment lined baking sheets

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose, gluten-free, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups tangy bbq chips, crushed
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast, cut into strips

Time needed: 30 minutes.

My Recipe for Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

  1. Let’s Get Cooking

    Preheat the oven to 450°F

    Man adjusting electric oven in kitchen, closeup

  2. Just Beat It

    Lightly beat three eggs in a bowl and set aside.

  3. Time to Get Dirty

    Combine flour and seasonings in a bowl mix to incorporate.

    Mixing yeast starter and flour in a bowl. Step by step bread dough recipe, close upview from above, woman hands

  4. Yes, Barbecue Chips

    Crush barbecue chips in a plastic Ziploc bag and then pour into a medium-size bowl for dredging.

  5. Salt & Pepper

    Lightly sprinkle the chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper.

    Salt and Pepper Raw Chicken Tenders

  6. Flip Dip and Repeat

    Coat the tenders in flour, then egg, then coat in barbecue chips and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

    chicken tenders covered in crush tangy bbq chips

  7. Set a Timer

    Bake for 10 minutes on one side flip over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

    Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

  8. Done Now Dip

    Serve with honey mustard, ranch, or ketchup.

    Top view Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

Notes

The tenders should be fully cooked through before serving. Baking them in a high heat oven at 450° will help the internal temperature of the tenders rise quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between chicken strips and chicken tenderloins?

The answer is simple: there is no difference between strips and tenderloins. The two terms are used interchangeably to refer to chicken breast slices or fingers.

Can you make chicken tenders in an air fryer?

You can absolutely air fry chicken tenders. They can be either fresh or frozen, naked, or breaded, and take only 8 to 10 minutes to cook. Check out air-fried.com for 3 different ways to cook chicken tenders in an air fryer.

How do I make chicken tenders without breadcrumbs?

This is a common question, especially for those who have a sensitivity to wheat gluten. It is also a great question for those who are on a keto or paleo diet. I like this recipe for chicken tenders that have a dry rub spice mixture.

Can breaded chicken tenders be made without eggs?

Many people have an allergy to eggs. There are some terrific substitutes for eggs that will help the breadcrumbs to stick to the chicken. You can use mustard, eggless mayonnaise, plant-based liquid eggs, BBQ sauce, or just plain olive oil. Here is an easy recipe for egg-free crunchy chicken tenders.

How do you cut chicken breast to make tenderloins?

Chicken tenders are simply sliced chicken breasts. You can also find packages of chicken tenders that are the small piece, or flap, of the chicken breast that the butcher often removes before packaging the whole breasts. These don’t need to be cut. I recommend using skinless, boneless chicken breasts to slice into tenders.

Hot and Ready Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

The secret to these Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders is to use potato chips for that super crunch factor.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 3 bowls
  • Parchment lined baking sheets

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose, gluten-free, etc.)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups tangy bbq chips, crushed
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast, cut into strips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F
  • Lightly beat three eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine flour and seasonings in a bowl mix to incorporate.
  • Crush barbecue chips in a plastic Ziploc bag and then pour into a medium-size bowl for dredging.
  • Lightly sprinkle the chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper.
  • Coat the tenders in flour, then egg, then coat in barbecue chips and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes on one side flip over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite condiment or eat as is!

Notes

The chicken tenders should be fully cooked through before serving. Baking them in a high heat oven at 450°F will help the internal temperature of the tenders rise quickly.

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