Ok you guys, aside from my turkey meatballs this may be one of our most-loved meals in our home! We make these crispy chicken tenders A LOT. You all know that I love to create healthy versions of my favorite foods (ie: chicken tenders for life) and this recipe goes with everything. We love adding these tenders to salads, throwing them on top of Southwest chicken bowls, making them into crispy chicken sandwiches and literally everything unhealthy you may love about crispy chicken. Except this is baked and light and delicious! The best thing about this is that our kids love them, too! I love versatile meals that can work for lunch or dinner and whenever you need to add a protein to anything. These are the best!
I’m not very specific when it comes to baking so I’m going to let you go into this with your own creativity! I’m just going to give you a basis of what to go off—feel free to add any seasoning you’d like! Here is what you’ll need:
Skinny Baked Crispy Chicken Tender Recipe
- 1 package chicken tenders
- panko breadcrumbs
- Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning
- salt + pepper
- optional: cayenne pepper (we only use this for the adult version)
- optional: garlic powder (we add a little of this for the kids)
- 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 425 degrees! Place parchment paper on a baking tray.
In one bowl combine 1-1.5 cups of panko bread crumbs, 2 tbsp of TJ’s EBTB seasoning, a few grinds of ground pepper and either a few dashes of cayenne pepper if you prefer heat or leave as is/add a few dashes of garlic powder for the kiddos! Set aside. In another bowl combine 2 eggs together. Set aside. Season your tenders in salt and pepper.
Create a station to coat tenders in egg wash and then coat in panko mix. Once completely coated, lay on parchment paper for baking. Once all tenders are coated, top with a little extra TJ’s EBTB seasoning! Bake for 25 minutes until super crispy! If they don’t look browned enough you can broil them for 3-5 mins too!
Serve any way you like! We put on top of an Asian-inspired salad of mixed greens, chopped peppers, cucumbers, radishes and TJ’s carrot ginger miso dressing which if you haven’t tried GO GET IT NOW. It tastes just like Benihana’s ginger dressing which if you know, you know.