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Oven-Fried Crispy Chicken Tenders

Unbelievably crispy and packed with flavor on the outside, and perfectly juicy on the inside; these easy baked chicken tenders are a no-brainer to prepare and so much better than fried chicken!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 3 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Place butter in a large baking sheet. Place baking sheet in preheating oven and let cook until butter is melted. Remove from oven and use a spatula to spread melted butter in an even layer. Set aside.
  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine breadcrumbs, flour, cornmeal, and seasonings. One at a time, dip chicken tenders in milk then place in bag, seal and shake to evenly coat chicken. Remove from bag and place in the melted butter-baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders.
  • Bake chicken tenders at 375F 30 minutes, turning once every 10 minutes to ensure that chicken crisps up evenly. Serve chicken tenders warm.


Store chicken in refrigerator up to 3 days. Chicken is best served hot out of the oven while the coating is still crispy.