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Oven-Baked Chicken Tender Fingers

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Oven-baked chicken fingers are much better than frying chicken tenders! Give these a try and see how easy making oven-baked chicken tenders can be! Jus as delicious with a great dipping sauce!

For as long as I can remember, chicken tenders or chicken fingers were my favorite item to order at any restaurant.

95% of the time I order the chicken tenders platter off the menu at any given restaurant.

Its become a game to me to compare each restaurant’s chicken tenders and which one has the best batter and best technique.

The best I ever had was at Blue Ridge Grill in Leesburg, VA.

I don’t think I’ve ever had such great chicken tenders. I legitimately love chicken tenders or chicken fingers.

What do you call them? I know regionally they’re so different in the way you call them.

They were breaded in a very unique way and flash fried.

This gave it the most amazing and crunchy crust.

I honestly still can’t stop thinking about them so I tried to replicate them (the crust at least). I didn’t fry them because I wanted to make these a little healthier so instead of frying these chicken fingers, I created these oven-baked chicken fingers!

Most chicken tenders or chicken fingers are deep-fried and while that’s great every now and then, it is not realistic to prepare it that way often!

These oven-baked ones are just as good and by using a panko breadcrumb crust exterior, it gives it an extra crunch factor!

Oven-baked chicken fingers are much better than frying chicken tenders! Give these a try and see how easy making oven-baked chicken tenders can be! Jus as delicious with a great dipping sauce!
What kind of chicken do I use?

Chicken tenders! Boneless and skinless.

You could use breasts and slice them into strips, if you want, but buying chicken tenders are just easier.

Can I use regular breadcrumbs?

Sure.

Oven-baked chicken fingers are much better than frying chicken tenders! Give these a try and see how easy making oven-baked chicken tenders can be! Jus as delicious with a great dipping sauce!

Can I make my own breadcrumbs?

If you’re that ambitious, go for it!

What kind of seasonings can I use?

I love garlic and onion powder (which is in the recipe) but smoked paprika would be great too.

Any other seasonings you want to amp up the flavor would be good. Maybe a dash of cayenne too if you like a kick of spice.

What dipping sauce do you recommend?

Honey mustard all the way!

Or, you can try to make your own Chick-Fil-A sauce!

If you love chicken tenders and chicken fingers, you would love these recipes:

Baked Chicken Tender Fingers

Baked chicken fingers or baked chicken tenders have all the crunch of the fried version but a fraction of the fat!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 326kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 10 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, sliced into strips (I bought the individually packaged Purdue chicken tenderloins & each packet comes with 5 each)
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a shallow dish, combine panko, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to get it all incorporated.
  • In another shallow dish, beat the 3 eggs together.
  • Take the chicken strips and dip them in the egg mixture then cover the chicken strips with the panko mixture. Gently press the panko mixture on the chicken to make sure it's well coated.
  • Lay the strips next to each other on the baking sheets and repeat until all the chicken strips have been coated.
  • Bake for 20 minutes then turn on the broiler and broil them for another 5 minutes to get the outside even more crispy & a light brown color.
  • Serve immediately with honey mustard or BBQ sauce or ketchup!

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Tender Fingers
Amount Per Serving (2 chicken tenders)
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 37g74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

 

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Toria Harvey

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

I am looking forward to trying this tonight! How many chicken tenderloins did you use? I was confused because it said “10 in chicken tenderloins,” and it also said 30 servings. Thanks!

Julie

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Haha, sorry about that. The recipe conversion for the new plugin didn't convert it correctly. It makes 10 chicken tenders!

Linda Z.

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

I would like to have known the nutrition information including calories. My husband loved them. Made some fresh honey mustard dressing to go along with them. Delish!

Julie

Thursday 9th of November 2017

Hi, I don't offer nutrition information for recipes. Sorry. I don't feel comfortable giving that information as I am no expert in that field.

Valerie Koonce

Sunday 13th of August 2017

I made these for lunch and they were delicious with Honey Mustard dipping sauce! I used 3TBSP Dijon mustard and 3 TBSP yellow mustard and 6 TBSP mayo, 3 TBSP honey and a pinch of salt. So good!

Lisa

Friday 23rd of June 2017

Could you tell me what the nutrtionals on these chicke fingers are.

Thank you Lisa

Julie

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.

Christa Falcone

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

These look amazing. I'll be giving these a try!