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Baked Chicken Tenders For One

This is the BEST baked chicken tenders recipe! Chicken strips dipped in melted butter, then dredged in bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a flavorful mix of spices. Bakes in 20 minutes! This small batch recipe makes 8-10 crispy oven baked chicken strips.

A small batch of chicken tenders baked in an oven arranged in a tall dish next to a bottle of beer and small bowl of honey mustard

It's a fact, this is the best baked chicken tenders recipe I've found. Tender and juicy strips of chicken surrounded by a crisp, flavorful crust. They're perfect for snacking, lunch, or dinner.

There are so many things I love about this easy chicken recipe. One of the things I love is that the chicken is baked, not fried and they cook in under 30 minutes.

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What Are Chicken Tenders?

Chicken tenders are an actual part of the chicken. They are the little strips of meat that are attached to the underside of a chicken breast.

You can make your own tenders by taking a boneless, skinless chicken breast and cutting it lengthwise into pieces about 1/2-inch thick or you can purchase chicken tenders already packaged from your grocery store.

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A chicken tender dipped in honey mustard


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

We love the Italian spices in the coating and baking with the spices helps seal in the flavor and give the chicken tenders a crisp golden crust.

To make these Italian chicken tenders you will need:

  • seasoned bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • dried spices such as thyme, oregano, and rosemary
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • butter
  • chicken tenders

How Long Do You Bake Chicken Tenders?

After coating the chicken strips with the butter and spices, lay them on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 20 minutes.

The chicken can also be baked in a toaster oven.

How To Make Chicken Tenders Without Breading

If you want to make a low carb version, don't use breadcrumbs. Just mix together the spices and Parmesan cheese and continue with the recipe.

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What To Serve With Chicken Strips

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Baked Chicken Tenders For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: chicken
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 748kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter , melted (1/2 stick)
  • 6-8 chicken tenders


  • Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  • Dip the chicken strips in the melted butter, then dredge them in the bread crumb mixture.
  • Place the chicken strips on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Serving: 6tenders | Calories: 748kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 82g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 335mg | Sodium: 2246mg | Potassium: 1248mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1820IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 453mg | Iron: 6.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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27 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Tenders For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Since I learned how to make paneer with you I haven’t stopped checking your recipes, Joanie 🙂 Now I can’t wait to prepare these baked chicken tenders!

    1. Thank you so much, Lily! I really appreciate that. I hope you get to make the chicken tenders, I think you’ll like them.

  2. Healing Tomato

    5 stars
    Your article on Chickens is very informative. Love the combination of ingredients and your style.

  3. Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    I love individually-portioned meals. It’s just the two of us at home, and some nights we just can’t decide what to have, or can’t AGREE on what to have for dinner. This is a great solution! Thanks!

  4. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    You’re never too old for chicken tenders. My mom made thin (pounded) chicken breasts with a similar coating but she sauteed hers. Wonder why she never thought to bake them? Anyway, I should experiment and try the tenders both ways but baked sounds so much easier than pulling out the frying pan.

  5. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    Joanie these are perfect for a quick week night meal – like now for me!!! Great recipe!

  6. Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do

    I love this! I’m a huge fan of chicken tenders, as are my kids – but I’m with you on the frying. I try to fry as little as humanly possible at home, so then when we go out? I don’t feel so bad. This coating sounds delicious. I bet it would be great on thighs too!

    1. Thanks, Nicole. I also use the coating on chicken thighs too. Usually, I buy a frozen bag of either chicken breasts or thighs – whichever is on sale 🙂 so I can cook these when I want.

  7. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I think every kid goes through a chicken tender stage! And some never grow out of it 🙂 Just the other night I was saying to my husband I need to make homemade chicken nuggets for my daughter, so perfect timing!

    1. This “grown up” version of chicken tenders are great for kids and adults alike. Plus, homemade is so much better than store bought 🙂

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