Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

Did you know? Chicken tenders are an actual part of the chicken. They are the little strips of meat that are attached to the underside of a chicken breast. You can make your own tenders by taking a boneless, skinless chicken breast and cutting it lengthwise into pieces about 1/2-inch thick or you can purchase chicken tenders already packaged from your grocery store.

It’s important to note that this recipe includes baking the chicken and not frying it. That is an important change that will also make the chicken crunchy and easier to make.

Here are the ingredients you need to compile to make these chicken tenders.

  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  •  teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter , melted (1/2 stick)
  • 6-8 chicken tenders


Here are the instructions that you need to follow in order to complete this recipe:

  1. First, you need to preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  3. Dip the chicken strips in the melted butter, then dredge them in the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Place the chicken strips on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool down before you dig in. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.

Chicken tenders are often called chicken tenderloins. They can be found in the meat department of most grocery stores near the raw chickens. Baked chicken tenders can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve with dipping sauce or Marinara sauce if you’d like. You can also make them with different types of cheeses.