Baked Panko Chicken Tenders

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that’s full of flavor and super delicious!

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that's full of flavor and super delicious!

Finally. Finally I bring you these Baked Panko Chicken Tenders, because as a mom of a now 3 year old who has spent the first 3 years of her life without the classic tender de chicken, it was high time she had one. But obviously one made from scratch. 😉

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that's full of flavor and super delicious!

I love how simple, easy, and mess-free these are! Thanks to another great recipe from Recipe Tin Eats, but with a couple of adjustments. Then of course some Mayonnaise From Scratch and Dijon Mustard From Scratch!

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that's full of flavor and super delicious!

Then it’s just a quick toast of the panko breadcrumbs – which is key to making these chicken tenders super crunchy – and a mix of the batter ingredients.

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that's full of flavor and super delicious!

Then, pro tip, use tongs and keep those pretty digits clean while you dredge the chicken in the batter and then the toasted panko breadcrumbs!

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that's full of flavor and super delicious!

Then they’re baked in the oven to crispy perfection!

Until they’re ready to be dipped in your favorite condiment! M’s favorite right now is our 5 Minute Homemade Ketchup! But next time I’m going to introduce her to the wonder that is our Hot Honey Mustard sauce. Regardless of the condiment, I was pretty happy that these Panko Chicken Tenders were her first chicken tender experience!

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that's full of flavor and super delicious!
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5 from 7 votes

Baked Panko Chicken Tenders

Super crispy and super easy. These Baked Panko Chicken Tenders are the healthy non fried cruncy alternative that’s full of flavor and super delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: chicken, chicken tenders, healthy

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • oil spray I use a misto

Batter

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 390 degrees. 
  • Spread panko breadcrumbs on baking sheet and give a quick spray with oil.  Bake for 3-5 minutes until they begin to turn golden brown.  Remove from baking sheet and add to a medium sized bowl.  
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  
  • In another medium sized bowl, whisk together batter ingredients and add the chicken and toss to coat.
  • With tongs, pick up chicken tenders one by one and add to panko breadcrumbs.  Spread breadcrumbs on top of chicken and the gently press down with hand.  Pick up with tongs and add to baking sheet.  Repeat with all tenders.
  • Give chicken a final quick sprinkle of kosher salt and then bake for 15 minutes or 20 if they’re really large.  
  • Sprinkle with fresh minced parsley if desired and then serve immediately with your favorite condiment! 

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    • 5 stars
      Love using Panko as the breading. My grandkids would love this for dinner. You can never go wrong with a great chicken recipe. Always a hit with the adults and kids.

  • 5 stars
    I love chicken tenders because they take me back to my childhood. These ones look super crispy and delicious! And the mayo in the batter is a really nice touch! I bet it helps to keep them really moist.

  • 5 stars
    I really love the flavor profile of these. What a great way to avoid the fast food ones. Well done. Saving this for my daughter, she loves chicken tenders.

  • 5 stars
    No need to fry when they look and taste this good! Perfect amount of crunch of flavor! I’m also going to try your homemade ketchup!

  • The batter for these baked panko chicken tenders looks spectacular! I love all of the flavors you put in this, especially the bit of Dijon. These look perfectly crispy and I love that they are oven baked rather than fried!

  • 5 stars
    Oh man…I would be such a hero if I made these! My kids are totally into chicken tenders…and that mustard/mayo before the panko would seal the flavor deal! Love that these are baked rather than fried. A total winner.