Baked Italian Chicken Tenders

Baked Italian Chicken Tenders - chicken strips lightly dipped in butter and dredged in a mixture of Italian spices and bread crumbs then baked to crispy perfection.  A flavorful recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes!

A large plate of Baked Italian Chicken Tenders garnished with a sprig of rosemary next to a glass of red wine and a candle on a wooden table

My kids love chicken tenders.  Flavorful strips of chicken with a thick breading are a favorite for sure. Although my family loves chicken tenders.  I rarely buy them.  Even though store-bought or fast-food chicken tenders taste great, the thick, crusty, often salty, and very fattening breading surrounding the chicken is just too much.

So, since my family loves baked chicken tenders, I thought I'd come up with a healthier and even tastier version at home.

A closeup of a large plate of Baked Italian Chicken Tenders garnished with a sprig of rosemary

These chicken strips are lightly dipped in Italian spices and bread crumbs and baked to crispy perfection.

It takes only minutes to melt the butter and dredge the chicken pieces in the bread crumb/spice mixture, and they bake in the oven for just 20 minutes.

Three vertically stacked photos showing how to make chicken tenders - Dipping tender in egg wash, coating tender with bread crumbs, three tenders placed on a baking sheet

Here's a tip...

I keep a bag of frozen chicken pieces in the freezer at all times.  I'll keep either chicken breasts, thighs, or strips.  They're great to have on hand when I need to make dinner quickly.  Since you keep them in the freezer, they last for months.

For the spice mixture, I use a combination of  Italian spices such as basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and garlic.  Really though, this recipe lends itself well to creativity.  Use the spices you want and create the chicken tenders you love.

Since they're baked in the oven, these chicken tenders are healthier than fried.  Yes, they are dipped in butter but it helps the spices adhere to the chicken. You could also dip the chicken pieces in milk if you'd prefer.  My personal recommendation, however, dip them in butter.

A large plate of Baked Italian Chicken Tenders garnished with a sprig of rosemary next to a glass of red wine and a candle on a wooden table

These flavorful Baked Italian Chicken Tenders are easy to make and they cook quickly.  You can have dinner in 30- minutes!

Dip them in ketchup, barbecue sauce, or my husband's favorite, honey mustard sauce.  For a low-carb version, leave out the bread crumbs.  Just dip them in a little melted butter and dredge them in the spice mixture.

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Baked Italian Chicken Tenders

Chicken strips lightly dipped in butter and dredged in Italian spices and bread crumbs then baked to a crispy perfection. A flavorful recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup italian or seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Dip the chicken strips in the melted butter, then dredge them in the bread crumb mixture.
  • Place the chicken strips on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and serve with honey mustard or your favorite dipping sauce.

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