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Ultra-crispy on the outside and incredibly juicy on the inside, these lemon Parmesan oven-fried chicken tenders are so good and so easy, they're going to instantly become a dinner staple!

Crispy Lemon Parmesan Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders

Ultra-crispy on the outside and incredibly juicy on the inside, these oven-fried lemon Parmesan chicken tenders are so good and so easy, they're going to instantly become a dinner staple!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2x4 in strips
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley plus more for garnishing
  • Additional lemon juice, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk milk, egg, lemon juice, zest, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste until smooth. Place chicken strips into milk mixture and submerge fully. Allow chicken to marinate 45 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 425F.  In a shallow bowl, combine Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove chicken strips from marinade and dredge in Parmesan mixture, coating both sides.

  3. Place coconut oil on a large baking sheet and place in oven 3-4 minutes until melted and hot. Arrange breaded chicken tenders in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 425F 12 minutes, then flip tenders and cook on opposite side an additional 10-12 minutes until chicken registers 160F and breading is crispy and golden. Squeeze additional lemon juice on chicken if desired and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve hot and enjoy!