Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Perfect for dinner or appetizers. These are kid-approved and family-tested.

Juicy, tender chicken strips are breaded with Panko breadcrumbs and french fried onions for the ultimate crunch and satisfaction. 

Crispy oven-baked chicken tenders are healthier than deep-fried ones and have a huge taste. I promise this recipe does not skimp on flavor, plus you feel better eating it. This is my take on Shake and Bake chicken- only better. 

Ingredients Needed for Crispy Breaded Chicken Tenders

The bread crumbs and onions in the coating create a perfect texture for these chicken tenders.

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Panko Breadcrumbs — Great for crispy oven-fried breading

French Fried Onions — tremendous flavor and crunch

Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder — sometimes simple is best

Buttermilk– thick, rich buttermilk is perfect for dipping chicken in before the crumb mixture

Sriracha Hot Sauce — added flavor. Omit if desired.

Chicken Tenders – Easy to find in your local grocery store.

How to Make Oven Baked (Fried) Chicken Tenders

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The coating gets crispy in the oven, and the chicken is perfectly cooked and juicy. The crispy coating makes you believe you are eating fried- just without all of the oil or fat.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on the prepared pan and spray the rack with cooking spray.
  2. Combine bread crumbs, fried onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large zip-top bag. Crush the onions and shake to mix. 
  3.  In a shallow bowl, add buttermilk and hot sauce.
  4. Dip 1 piece of chicken at a time in the buttermilk mixture and place in a zip-top bag; seal, and shake. Place each piece of chicken on the prepared wire rack.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until done (depending on the thickness of chicken tenders). Do not turn the chicken during the baking process. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Tips for the Best Crispy Chicken Tenders

  • Don’t skimp on the breading.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil. This makes cleaning up a little easier.
  • Cook on a wire rack. 
  • Dip chicken tenders one at a time in the buttermilk and shake to coat. This ensures the tender gets all of the attention needed for complete coverage.
  • Hot sauce adds more flavor. Omit if so desired. 
  • If you don’t have buttermilk, make your own or use whole milk.

What Other Spices Can I Use for Shake and Bake Chicken?

The spices are entirely up to you. Pull out some of your favorite spices and herbs in the dry mix. Other choices might be paprika, cayenne, garlic salt, onion powder, or seasoning salt. Parmesan is also a good choice and will add to the crispiness. 

Can I Use Chicken Breast instead of Chicken Tenders?

You absolutely can. Use boneless chicken breast and slice into tenders.

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How to Serve Oven Baked Chicken

Hot, crunchy, and seasoned chicken from the oven can be served immediately for dinner or even packed up for a summertime picnic. My favorite sides are potato salad, coleslaw, potato wedges, and corn on the cob.

Recipe FAQ’s

Panko bread crumbs and French Fried Onions make these chicken tenders extra crispy and delicious.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until done (depending on the thickness of chicken tenders).

Suppose you don’t have buttermilk, no worries. You can certainly use whole milk instead of buttermilk. Or, make your own buttermilk. Use 1 cup of milk and add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the milk. Give it a good stir and allow it to sit for about 5-10 minutes. 

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Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Gina Abernathy
Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Perfect for dinner or appetizers. These are kid-approved and family-tested.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup French Fried Onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha Hot Sauce optional
  • 1-1½ pounds chicken tenders

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on the prepared pan and spray the rack with cooking spray.
  • Combine bread crumbs, fried onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large zip-top bag. Crush the onions and shake to mix. 
  • In a shallow bowl, add buttermilk and hot sauce.
  • Dip 1 piece of chicken at a time in the buttermilk mixture and place in a zip-top bag; seal, and shake. Place each piece of chicken on the prepared wire rack.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until done (depending on the thickness of chicken tenders). Do not turn the chicken during the baking process. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Keyword Baked Chicken Tenders

 

If you love these crispy chicken tenders, then I know you will love these other “fried” foods: fried green tomatoessouthern fried green beans, fried yellow squash, and fried pork chops.

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    now i don’t have to buy store bought. I didn’t realize how easy it was to make at home! I love the seasoning you used toO!

  2. Oh wow, do these look fantastic! I have made oven baked chicken tenders in the past but the recipe I have tried was quite different but very tasty. I will definitely give this recipe a try, looks easy and delicious. I’m sure my family will love them.

  3. 5 stars
    These oven roasted chicken tenders look delicious. I can definitely use another good chicken recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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