Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Chicken tenders

This crispy, baked chicken tenders recipe has been in our family for years. An adaption from YOUR favourite Lemon Parmesan Garlic Chicken Milanese recipe, our oven fried tenders are a favourite for everyone who tries them! They tick ALL the boxes:

Easy to find ingredients.
Simple steps.
Oven baked with a deep fried TASTE.
Minimal mess.
The best homemade chicken tenders.
Who says you have to stand around the stove deep frying crumbed chicken tenders with oil splattering all over the place? Not me.

what are chicken tenders?

Chicken tenders are the narrow, strip of meat loosely attached to the underside of chicken breasts. They taste exactly the same as breast meat, but are juicy and tender when cooked properly.

Tenders can be pulled gently from a breast, or find them sold separately at your supermarket/butcher.

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or juice of 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt to season
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 28 ounces (800 g) chicken tenders
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup regular breadcrumbs (garlic, herb or Italian seasoned for extra flavour)
  • 1 teaspoon mild paprika (or sweet, smoky, spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

Perform

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease a baking tray / sheet with cooking oil spray, or a light coating of oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Dip chicken tenders into egg mixture and let sit for 5 minutes while preparing crumb mixture.
    OPTIONAL: Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour (if time allows).*
  4. In another bowl, combine both breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and parmesan cheese.
  5. Dredge the egg coated chicken in the breadcrumb/parmesan mixture, lightly pressing to evenly coat.
  6. Arrange tenders on the baking sheet / tray and lightly spray with cooking oil spray.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until cooked through. (Broil in the last 2-3 minutes for a golden crispy crumb!)

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