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Easy Homemade Chicken Tenders

A quick, easy and healthy recipe using chicken breast and a few other ingredients combined to make tasty homemade chicken tenders with a homemade dipping sauce.

I am a huge chicken tender/nugget fan. It’s like the one childhood food that has grown with me. Do you have a childhood food that’s grown with you?

Almost every day for lunch when my brother and I were in elementary school, my mom would usually have chicken tenders made for lunch. We were lucky and got to eat at home just about every day.

I love that Everly now eats with us. Seeing her try new foods is exciting especially my recipes. She loves this recipe.



Fries, sweet potato, salad topper and more.

There are many options when it comes to serving chicken tenders. Usually, we do sweet potato wedges, fries or salad, and they even go good on a sandwich or wrap! I am a sucker for breaded chicken.


Very few ingredients are required for this recipe.

If you are new here, I am all about time-saving meals. Meaning the fewer ingredients the better. This recipe doesn’t require much ingredient-wise, just a little elbow grease.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Fresh Chicken Breast
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Panko Crumbs
  • Dried Parsley
  • Chilli Powder
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper


The cut, the angle and the thickness of chicken tenders.

Boneless skinless chicken breast is the easiest to work with for this recipe. You can make your tenders as thick or thin as you like, just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

It is best to cut chicken breast against the grain, which will give the chicken a nice tender texture, meaning they’ll easily fall apart.


Baking or frying chicken tenders for this recipe is optional.

You can bake them or fry them. For this recipe, I baked them. I wanted them to be a “healthier” protein option, one that I could eat twice a day and not feel guilty about.

For baking, just preheat the oven to 400 and bake anywhere from 18-24 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken. Flip them halfway through the cooking time to allow both sides to get crispy.

You can also fry this recipe if you choose. Just make sure your oil is hot and ready before putting your chicken tenders in.

Chicken Tender Dip

1/3 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Small Squirt of Sriracha Sauce or 2 tbsp of Thai Chilli Sauce
Mix well and serve.

PS. Here are some other recipes made with chicken you might like to try:

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

A quick, easy and healthy recipe using chicken breast and a few other ingredients combined to make tasty homemade chicken tenders with a homemade dipping sauce.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 4 chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp of milk
  • 2 cups of Panko crumbs
  • 1 tbsp of parsley
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Ziploc bag or bread bag


  1. Preheat oven 400F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, shiny side up and spray with spray cooking oil.
  3. Whisk egg and milk together in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Prepare chicken breast by cutting against the grain to the desired thickness.
  5. Using a Ziploc bag or bread bag, toss panko crumbs, parsley, chilli powder, salt and pepper together.
  6. Dip 4 chicken chunks at a time in egg wash until coated, add to Ziploc bag mixture and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Line them on a baking sheet leaving a little space between.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, flip and bake for another 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of chicken.


*Oven times vary based on thickness of chicken*


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