Baked Chicken Tenders

Baked Chicken Tenders - incredibly crunchy, tender and flavorful baked chicken tenders coated dipped in a buttermilk mixture and coated with a well-seasoned flour and buttery and herb-y sauteed breadcrumbs. You will never have any other chicken tender recipe other than this!

Course Appetizers, Main
Cuisine American
Servings 13 - 16 slices
Calories 170 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2 pounds chicken tenders or skinless, boneless chicken breasts , cut into ½-in.-thick strips
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs

Flour Mixture

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • white pepper

Breadcrumbs Mixture

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Parsley (optional)
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.

  2. Next line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil paper. Set aside.

  3. While oven is warming up, cut chicken into desired shapes , if using whole chicken breast. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  4. Whisk buttermilk and eggs in another medium bowl. Set aside.

  5. In a medium bowl, combine: flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning and white pepper. Set aside. 

  6. Place small skillet on medium heat, add butter, stir for about 30 seconds then throw in  bread crumbs. Season with black pepper . Saute for about 3 -4 minutes or until fragrant and slightly brown. Throw in dried parsley, if desired , Transfer to a bowl and let it cool. Set aside.

  7. Start evenly coating the chicken in the flour mixture first, then in the buttermilk bowl and finally into the breadcrumbs bowl. 

  8. Gently Shake excess breadcrumbs .Place chicken tenders in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. 

  9. Repeat the same step with the rest of the chicken pieces.

  10. Bake  in for 8-9 minutes, or until bottom starts to brown  , then carefully flip chicken tenders over  , so as not to remove the breadcrumbs , Continue baking  for another 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  11.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.