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Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders

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Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4

Everyone’s two-thumbs up favorite for a family-friendly meal, chicken fingers get a major upgrade from the standard variety with just a few quick improvements from Betty Crocker. Your secret ingredient for these homemade chicken tenders is Progresso™ plain or Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 14, 2019
Progresso Breadcrumbs
Make with
Progresso Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
egg
1
tablespoon water
1
cup Progresso™ plain or Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4
lb (20 oz) chicken breast tenders (from two 14-oz packages)
Favorite dipping sauce, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In shallow dish, place flour. In another shallow dish, beat egg and water. In third shallow dish, mix bread crumbs and cheese. Coat chicken with flour; dip into egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in center and coating is golden brown. Serve with dipping sauce.

Expert Tips

  • A quick dredging in the flour, then egg before the final panko-Parmesan dip guarantees that the crispy coating will stick to the chicken once they’re baked.
  • Get air circulating for crunch—arrange the coated tenders on a wire cooling rack that has been sprayed with cooking spray on a rimmed baking pan. Bake in the hot oven until golden brown.
  • Have fun with dips. Mix a spoonful of basil pesto in a good mayonnaise, some plain Greek yogurt with a lot of chopped fresh dill and lemon zest, ranch dressing with crumbled bacon and lots of freshly ground pepper stirred in—or just straight up barbecue sauce.
  • For extra-crispy tenders, drizzle them with a couple of tablespoons of melted butter before baking.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
28%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
670mg
28%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
18g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Panko breadcrumbs are what give these breaded chicken tenders such a light, crunchy coating. The result is more like the kind of chicken tenders you can order at a restaurant. But, unlike restaurant versions, these tenders can boast the better-for-you preparation method of baking, not frying. If you’re wondering why panko crumbs are really such a game-changer, taste for yourself and be convinced. Long a staple of Asian cuisine, they’ve gained newfound popularity in Western dishes as a coating or crunchy topping. Panko crumbs are larger in size and lighter in texture than regular breadcrumbs which makes them perfect for a crispy coating, with no frying necessary. Check out more of Betty’s best chicken recipes.

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