Homemade Chicken Tenders

An easy recipe for homemade baked chicken tenders with a crunch panko breading. This easy chicken tender recipe bakes up crispy and delights the entire family in less than 30 minutes!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chicken Tenders, Breaded Chicken Tenders, Homemade Chicken Strips
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt divided
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place an oven safe cooling rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Lightly spray with non-stick spray.

Prepare Breading Station

  • Place flour and 1 teaspoon seasoned salt in one shallow dish and mix well. 
  • Whisk eggs and water together with the remaining teaspoon of salt.
  • Place panko bread crumbs in remaining dish.

Bread Chicken Tenders

  • Dip chicken into flour, tossing to coat. Shake off excess. Dip into egg wash, and finally into panko breadcrumbs, using your hands to help panko coat chicken strips. 
  • Place breaded chicken tenders on prepared baking sheet. 

Bake Chicken Tenders.

  • Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 


  • It is much cheaper to purchase boneless, skinless chicken breast instead of and cut into  1 inch strips then to purchase chicken tenders. 
  • Be sure to clean off all fat and tendons from chicken strips.
  • I use whole wheat panko for the breading on these chicken tenders, but you can certainly use regular panko. 
  • I don't recommend regular bread crumbs for the breading on chicken tenders, as they will not yield a crispy oven baked chicken strip. 
  • I find love to use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour for the breading station, but any type of wheat flour will do.
  • If you happen to have an Egg Allergy, dip your chicken strips into flour first, then something moist, like mustard, and finally panko.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 632mg18%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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