Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders are crispy, crunchy and juicy. Plus they are better for you because they're not fried. They're also dipped in egg whites for a lighter flavor. The tenders are fresh tasting with a zing from parmesan cheese that surrounds the tenders.
In about 20 minutes you will have an amazing treat that's so much better than anything you can buy frozen from the grocer. Dip these tasty treats in Honey Mustard Sauce or Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.
No longer do you need to buy those overpriced frozen and hopefully made of real chicken tenders from the grocery store.
This recipe is easy and budget-friendly. These tasty baked chicken tenders can be made in bulk and freeze a bunch for a later date.
Parmesan Chicken Tenders
This recipe is easy, budget-friendly, and these tasty parmesan crusted chicken tenders can be made in bulk and freeze a bunch for a later date.
What type of chicken works well with this recipe?
This recipe uses boneless chicken tenderloins. Feel free to use any cut of chicken, even chicken on the bone can be used. Cooking times will be longer for larger cuts of chicken. The internal temperature of cooked chicken is 165F.
How long can the tenders be kept in the fridge?
Once you have baked the chicken, they can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days in a covered container.
Can I freeze Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders?
Absolutely. Freeze the chicken in freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge. Reheat at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes. If cooking frozen, place on a baking tray and bake at 375F for about 30 minutes.
To ensure the chicken doesn't stick together, place the cooked chicken on a tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then place the chicken in the freezer bag so they do not stick together in the freezer.
The recipe uses egg whites, can I use regular eggs?
Absolutely. I use carton egg whites when possible to reduce fat. Regular eggs
What can I serve with baked chicken tenders?
Garlic Herb Roasted Red Potatoes, another easy recipe pairs perfectly with baked chicken tenders. Crispy Roasted Potatoes are another delicious choice.
Looking for a veggie side, candied carrots, a very kid-friendly side is always popular. Roasted Broccoli and Garlic is another fabulous side. Another great choice is Christina's from Christina's Cucinas delicious Sauteed Rapini, which is broccoli rave, so good.
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- Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce - a great tasting boneless chicken recipe that works as an appetizer or meal.
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Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders
- 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts Note 1
- 1 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs Note 2
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup egg whites Note 3
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray the cookie sheet with non-stick olive oil spray. Set aside the seasoned cookie sheet until ready to place parmesan chicken tenders on the cookie sheet
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt and pepper to your taste
- In a separate bowl, combine the whole wheat seasoned Italian bread crumbs and the parmesan cheese together until blended
- Dredge the chicken tenderloins into the egg white mixture.
- Then dredge the chicken tenderloins into the Italian seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs.
- Place the breaded chicken on the seasoned cookie sheet, continue until all chicken is breaded and on the cookie sheet.
- Spray the top of al the breaded chicken with the olive oil spray. For not so crispy tops, just cook for about 20 minutes, If you want to have crispy chicken tenders on both sides, after 15 minutes, turn the chicken tenderloins over and cook for about another 5 minutes to crisp both sides.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
The chicken is so tender and the Parmesan crust was perfect. My kids have been bringing these for lunch to school. Thanks for the recipe
Excellent Mary, glad you enjoyed the recipe.
So much better than frozen chicken tenders. My kids love these all the time!
I completely agree! These are great tenders
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Tricia @ The Adventure List
These look so good. Italian and chicken, two of my favorites
Thank you so much - I hope you enjoy
I think my kids would love these- I'm going to give them a try!
I hope you try them and let me know how the kids enjoyed
K. Lee Banks
These look great - I would just substitute gluten-free bread crumbs and try them that way. Thanks for sharing!
That would be awesome - let me know if you make and how they turn out with the gluten free
Great recipe thank you!
That works so well for us because when I want the fried stuff I make them I don't eat...but I can make this for the whole family. Thanks for sharing.
You are very welcome Rania! Me too, which is why I developed this recipe, I didn't want to miss out on the chicken and I didn't want to eat a high fat dish and it isn't a processed meal. Enjoy!
These baked parmesan chicken tenders sound amazing. I love parmesan cheese and so does my family so I will have to make these for them for sure. Thanks for the recipe.
You are very welcome Rebecca.I hope you and your family enjoy the recipe.
Omg these chicken tenders look so yummy! So need to give them a try 🙂
I hope you do - easy and delish!
This sounds absolutely amazing! Might try this out this week.
Jonathon, I hope you do!
Oh yumm. I like to cook up chicken ahead of time and put in the freezer. Makes for a good meal fast.
Me too Debbie! These are the perfect freezer Chicken Parmesan Tenders !
I always bake my chicken. I think it tastes so much better baked. I love this recipe! Parmesan is one of my favorites!
Thank you Jennifer - I so agree and so much healthier baked !
These look great! Pinning for later. Definitely want to try these.
Thank you so much Christie - these are really tasty! I hope you enjoy and let me know how the recipe worked for you
Thanks Christie - don' forrrget the Honey Mustard Sauce with it 🙂
They're so perfectly golden brown and look fantastic! I like the parmesan cheese in these.
They are yummy - I hope you give them a go and enjoy!
These sound delicious, and I love that they are baked. I also like that you used egg whites. Great idea!
Thank you Shann - healthy way to get my chicken tender fix
My boys love chicken nuggets so they would love these.
I hope they enjoy Tara! They freeze and reheat really well!
Will test and add to my recipe book! Thanks
Thank you Claudette - let me know how the chicken tenders recipe goes for you!
These chicken tenders sound delish - I love Parmesan yum!
I hope you like them - the parmesan adds a great flavor!
We make chicken tenders, but I've never tried them with whole wheat breadcrumbs. It'd definitely be a bit healthier this way.
It is Karlyn - and the whole wheat bread crumb adds a little more fiber to the body 🙂
Oh my. Do these ever look amazing? I need to make these I know my kiddos wold love them!
I hope you do - and remember they freeze really well too!
Low cal and low fat snack, perfect for me! Love finger food that is easy to snack on like this.
Thank you Danii - I hope you enjoy this one
I loved baked food than fried food, so this would be perfect! Thanks for the recipe!
It really is a family favorite and low fat - I am glad you enjoy the chicken tenders
Healthy and delicious. I'm always on the look out for ways to serve chicken breast. I can't wait to try this.
Thank you - I hope you enjoy - these are tasty!
The recipe looks easy to make. Quick for an ice hockey night
They are so easy and you can also make a ton and freeze - they reheat really well!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
Those sound phenomenal. I can't wait to make these.
Thank you - I hope you enjoy
Yum! My family would love this!
I hope you give it a try 🙂
I LOVE chicken tenders. Does that make me a kid? Who cares! Haha. I'm all about healthy and inexpensive meals so I might have to whip these babies up!! Love that there are only a few ingredients.. perfect for a college student like myself 🙂
Elizabeth ~ I feel the same way about chicken tenders! These are really easy and quick to prepare! I hope you enjoy! Let me know how you like them!
I'm very big on baking instead of frying. We've done chicken wings in the oven as well. I love these chicken tenders. Great for weeknight dinners.
IttyBittyFoodies - I love baked chicken wings as well! I hope you enjoy this recipe tpp :)!
I have saved this recipe and I can't wait to try it! I have the pallet of a seven year old so these are going to be added into my rotation of lunches, dinners, snacks, and breakfast (just for good measure. I love chicken tenders for breakfast)
Kyleigh - you are so funny! 🙂 I am soglad you will be making these chicken tenders. I hope you enjoy and let me know how they taste!!
Low cal, low fat, low cost and delish = my kind of food 🙂
Natalie - me too ! I hope you make this and let me know how you the recvipe worked for you! 🙂
Nicole Denton | Violet & Vine
Those look really good! I love these types of tenders for different pastas, so I may need to steal this recipe 🙂
Thank you Nicole! They do go well when paired with pasta! I hope you do make this recipe!