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Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Easy oven baked chicken tenders are one of our favorite kid friendly dinner recipes. Crunchy, juicy, and perfect for dipping, you may never order fast food nuggets again. Ready in less than 30 minutes!

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

If you’re on the lookout for kid friendly dinner recipes, chicken tenders are always an easy choice. And this recipe for baked chicken tenders is a true family favorite. Our secret is that we dip the chicken in yogurt before coating it with spiced Panko. This method keeps the tenders crunchy and juicy, and creates a spread worthy of a fun dipping station!

Why You’ll Love This Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

  • Juicy and tender. Thanks to the yogurt coating, the chicken stays super juicy and tender.
  • Quick. Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!
  • Kid-friendly. Sometimes kid-friendly dinner recipes are full of sugar or so processed you can hardly find a real ingredient. Not so with these tenders. This recipe is kid friendly and mom approved!

What You’ll Need 

  • For the chicken: 1 to 1.5 pounds of chicken tenderloin
  • For the batter: Panko breadcrumbs, egg, plain yogurt, dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

How to Make Chicken Tenders 

  1. Prep. First, preheat the oven to 425˚F. Grab a large baking sheet, line it with parchment paper or foil, and set a wire rack over it. 
  2. Set up a breading station. Place the Panko in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt, and seasonings.
  3. Bread the chicken. Dredge the chicken in the batter, one at a time. Next, pick up the chicken tender and place it in the Panko bowl. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, and then press the breadcrumbs down to adhere. 
  4. Repeat. Transfer the chicken tenders to the baking sheet and then repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. 
  5. Bake. Spray the tenders with cooking oil. Pop them in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. They are done when the internal temperature measures 165˚F.

Recipe Tips

  • Fry the chicken tenders. If you’d like to try a fried chicken tenders recipe instead, it’s really easy. Just add half a cup of vegetable oil to a deep-sided skillet and fry the tenders on both sides until they’re completely cooked through.
  • Remove the tough white tendon. It may be an extra step, but it makes the chicken tenders easier to chew. A pair of kitchen scissors can do the job; you can choose to trim just the upper part or remove the entire tendon.
  • Make sure to use a wire rack. This will prevent the underside of the chicken from becoming soggy.
  • Cook fully. To check if the tenders are cooked through, use an instant-read thermometer. Chicken is cooked through when its internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
Dipping chicken tenders in honey mustard.

What to Serve With Baked Chicken Tenders

We enjoy these chicken tenders with my creamy honey mustard sauce and a side of garlic fries. For more variety, consider serving them with parmesan asparagus fries or a side of instant pot Mexican rice.

Dipping Sauces

While we absolutely love honey mustard sauce, there are a ton of options to create a fun dipping station. Serve one or several of these sauces to make everyone happy – the possibilities are endless.

  • Ketchup. A classic choice, especially popular with kids.
  • Honey mustard. Sweet and tangy, a flavorful favorite.
  • BBQ sauce. Smoky and rich, perfect for a hearty dip.
  • Ranch dressing. Creamy and herby, a crowd-pleaser.
  • Teriyaki sauce. Sweet, savory, and perfect for an Asian twist.
  • Blue cheese dressing. Tangy and robust, especially good with spicy tenders.
  • Sriracha or hot sauce. For those who prefer their tenders with a bit of heat.
  • Marinara sauce. Tomato-based and herby, kind of like a chicken parmesan dip.
Oven baked chicken tenders served with honey mustard sauce.

Storing Leftovers and Reheating

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw before reheating.
  • To reheat, simply place the tenders on a baking sheet and reheat at 350˚F in the oven for 10 minutes or until warm.

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A close-up photo of chicken tenders and a small serving bowl filled with mustard sauce.
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5 from 11 votes

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Easy oven baked chicken tenders are one of our favorite kid friendly dinner recipes. Crunchy, juicy, and perfect for dipping, you may never order fast food nuggets again. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken tenders, chicken tenders, chicken tenders recipe, how to make chicken tenders, kid friendly dinner recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 248kcal


  • cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • oil spray


  • Preheat the oven to 425˚F
  • Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper, set an oven-safe cooling rack over the baking sheet, and spray it with cooking oil. Set aside.
  • Place panko crumbs in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine lightly beaten egg, yogurt, dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; whisk with a fork until thoroughly combined.

  • Add chicken tenders (working with one chicken tender at a time) into the egg batter and toss to coat.

  • Pick up chicken and place it into the panko bowl.

 Dredge the chicken tenders with breadcrumbs, then press down to adhere.
  • Transfer the tenders to the wire rack on the baking sheet, leaving some space between each piece. Repeat the process to coat all chicken tenders.

  • Spray the chicken tenders with oil spray.
  • Bake for 15 minutes; check for doneness with an instant-read thermometer – chicken is baked when the thermometer registers at 165˚F.
  • Remove from oven and serve.


  • If you prefer frying the chicken tenders, pour half a cup of vegetable oil into a pan and cook the chicken tenders on both sides until cooked through. DO NOT crowd the pan and fry them in batches.
  • For an easier, tender chew, use kitchen scissors to remove the rigid white tendon located at the top of the chicken tenders.
  • Use a wire rack- it keeps the bottom of the chicken crisp and prevents sogginess.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check if the tenders are cooked to an internal temperature of 165˚F.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg


  • Krissy Allori
    Feb 7, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    5 stars
    I make something similar but had never used yogurt. Such a great idea. Much better than mine.

  • wilhelmina
    Feb 7, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    5 stars
    These are no boring bland chicken strips, they are amazing! The panko and yogurt are an upgrade on the classic, for sure!

  • Lisalia
    Feb 8, 2020 at 1:02 am

    5 stars
    especially lovd your idea for yogurt! great variation!

  • Melinda
    Feb 8, 2020 at 1:10 am

    5 stars
    So So good. Thanks for this great recipe. Fresh and easy for dinner.

  • Katie
    Feb 8, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    5 stars
    Made these for the family and they were a hit!

  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    Feb 9, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    5 stars
    These Oven Baked Chicken Tenders are just so adorable!!

  • amanda
    Feb 9, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! The kids and adults in my house all love them!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Feb 11, 2020 at 7:25 am

      I am very happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Tisha
    Feb 10, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    Such a simple delicious idea for dinner. These will go fast and something the whole family will love!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Feb 11, 2020 at 7:21 am

      Thanks, Tisha! We absolutely love these!

  • Jacque Hastert
    Feb 11, 2020 at 2:01 am

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to give these a try! I love that you have coated them using yogurt, that is pure genius.

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Feb 11, 2020 at 7:18 am

      Thank you, Jacque! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • Liz
    Feb 13, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delicious, I can’t wait to tr. It looks like there are a couple of ingredients in the batter bowl that are not listed in the recipe. Can you share what they are please? It looks like maybe dijon mustard? Thank you!

    • Katerina
      Feb 14, 2020 at 1:40 am

      Hi! Yes, there’s dijon mustard in there. I see it in the recipe box, but I just refreshed it and updated it, so I hope that it’s visible to you now, as well. Please, if you can, let me know if you see it. 😊

  • Liz
    Feb 14, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Yes I see it, thank you so much!

  • Shawnee
    Jul 20, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    5 stars
    I tried and they were so easy…and delish! Thank you!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 21, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Lise
    Feb 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Loved it! Easy to do
    Thank you, Merci!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Feb 16, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Laura
    Feb 17, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Shoot I don’t have the yogurt. Can I use sour cream?

    • Katerina
      Feb 17, 2021 at 1:34 am

      Yes, but I would water it down just a little bit – maybe stir in a tablespoon or two of water, so it’s not as thick.

  • JP
    Oct 22, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    What type of yogurt? I have greek.


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