Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe

This Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders recipe offers a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken strips. Oven-baked until they are golden brown and crispy, the result is tender, flavorful chicken with a satisfying, savory Parmesan crust.

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Why YOU will love this recipe

  • These healthy oven-baked chicken tenders need only THREE ingredients. So simple.
  • They are naturally gluten-free with no panko breadcrumbs or all-purpose flour.
  • This dish is popular with both kids and adults. Win-win.
A plate of baked parmesan chicken tenders with a dish of dipping sauce.

Ingredients

  • chicken tenderloins – Sometimes you can find these tenders already prepared at the grocery store. You can also slice boneless skinless chicken breasts into strips.
  • eggs – These work as a binder helping the shredded cheese stick to the chicken.
  • shredded parmesan cheese – We use the real stuff and recommend you do too! Parmesan cheese has a rich, complex taste with a distinct umami quality. Unfortunately, the fake stuff often lacks the depth of flavor and texture found in the real thing.
Ingredients on a counter.

Equipment

  • box grater – Our favorite tool for shredding cheese. Use the medium shred holes for grating the parmesan.
  • baking sheet – We use a large-rimmed baking sheet for cooking the chicken.
  • parchment paper – Essential for easy cleanup. We recommend using unbleached parchment paper.
  • small bowl and a fork – This is for beating the egg. You could also use a small whisk if you prefer.
  • plate – for placing the shredded cheese on for the ‘breading’ station.

Instructions

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Step 1

First, start by preheating the oven and lining the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Next, set up your ‘breading’ station.

Have your chicken laid out, the whisked eggs in a bowl, and the shredded parm on a plate.

"Breading' station on a table.

Step 3

Then, start prepping the tenders.

First, dip the chicken in the egg, then coat both sides with parmesan, then transfer it to the lined baking sheet.

Keep the pieces spaced out and not touching.

Chicken on a baking sheet.

Step 4

Next, pop the tray into the preheated oven.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottom has browned, then flip over and bake for another 10-12. The cheese should be browned and crispy looking.

You can use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken is cooked to a safe 165°F.

Cooked chicken on a baking sheet.

Expert tips

Season the chicken with a little salt and pepper before you dip it in the egg. This is a small and simple thing to do but really adds flavor to the protein. Seasoning it before cooking permeates the meat and adds flavor throughout the chicken.

Be sure to leave room between the pieces of chicken on the sheet while baking. This allows the air to circulate and will help the chicken to brown and crisp up nicely.

A plate of baked parmesan chicken tenders with a dish of dipping sauce.

Recipe variations

  • Sprinkle in a bit of garlic powder and onion powder or even Italian Seasoning along with the shredded parmesan cheese before ‘breading’ the chicken to give the mixture another level of taste.
  • After baking, toss the tenders in buffalo sauce for a spicy and tangy twist. Or just serve the sauce on the side for dipping.
  • This recipe for Gluten Free Chicken Tenders is coated in almond flour breading and is another great option.

Serving suggestions

FAQS

Can I use different types of cheese?

Sure! You can experiment with different cheeses to create unique flavors. Asiago, Pecorino Romano, or even cheddar can be used in place of Parmesan.

What’s the recommended internal temperature for cooked chicken tenders?

Chicken tenders should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are fully cooked and safe to eat.

Storage tips

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

A plate of baked parmesan chicken tenders.

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**This recipe was originally posted on September 25, 2015, and updated on September 5, 2023, with recipe notes, writing, and photos.**

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Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Sharon Rhodes
This Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders recipe offers a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken strips. Oven-baked until they are golden brown and crispy, the result is tender, flavorful chicken with a satisfying, savory Parmesan crust.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375° and a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the chicken on a clean cutting board, pat it dry with paper towels, and sprinkle it lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Next, set up your breading station. Have your chicken on the cutting board, then the beaten eggs in a bowl, and the shredded parm on a plate. Place the lined baking sheet beside them.
  • Then, dip the chicken into the egg, then coat both sides with parmesan, then transfer it to the lined baking sheet. Keep the pieces spaced out and not touching. Repeat until all of the chicken is coated.
  • Next, pop the sheet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottom has browned, then flip the pieces over and bake for another 10-12 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken has reached 165°.
  • Take the sheet out of the oven and enjoy the chicken tenders warm with your choice of dipping sauce.

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Notes

Storage tips

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 4Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 40gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 764mgPotassium: 484mgSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 446IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 462mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These chicken tenders were so good, my kids enjoyed them with some tomato sauce on the side for dipping and I enjoyed it sliced up in a salad. I love how quick it was to make with so little ingredients.

  2. 5 stars
    These baked chicken tenders were a huge hit with the teenagers! I love finding chicken dinners to serve the kids, a good protein for them. We served ours with macaroni and cheese was a favorite of everyone.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve added parmesan to breadcrumbs before when I made chicken tenders, but never thought to use all cheese. These were so good, I’m making them this was from now on.

  4. 4 stars
    I love these baked chicken tenders. It was so easy. Like 5 minutes work. And the best thing is my kids loved them. I made the chicken alongside with some crispy potato skin and some salad. I can see this become our regular now. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Yum! We have a similar chicken tender recipe but it uses mayo instead of egg with the parmesan. Love this version as well because it creates more of a crust. Thanks for the step-by -step instructions!

  6. 5 stars
    I love these! Def keeping on repeat for the family right now. They are a great dinner, delicious snack, and packed lunch. With only three ingredients, chicken nuggets don’t get any easier.

  7. 5 stars
    These tenders were so easy, and the Parmesan gave the perfect balance of flavor and crunch. I offered a variety of sauces so everyone could pick their favorite. This is going into the rotation for easy week night meals!

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