Best Oven Baked Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe

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This panko chicken tenders recipe is a family favorite. It’s easy to make with chicken tenderloins and a simple breadcrumb mixture. We bake to a crispy golden brown and serve with our favorite dipping sauce. 

how to make healthy Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Crispy Panko Chicken Tenders Ingredients 

To make these homemade chicken tenders with panko bread crumbs you will need:

  • 1 lb chicken strips
  • 1 cup pork panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
pork panko chicken tenders ingredients

Everyone loves chicken fingers right? This panko chicken tenders recipe is perfect for family dinner on busy weeknights or any night. Double the batch and make enough for lunch the next day. 

​Preparing the Chicken 

To make amazing crispy chicken tenders you need to start with the chicken. You can use precut chicken tenderloins, or boneless skinless chicken breast and cut them into strips. 

raw chicken strips

Herbed Breadcrumb Panko Mixture

First, pour the pork panko into a small bowl. 

keto breaded chicken

Next, add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley to the bowl. 

herbed panko breadcrumbs

Then use a fork to gently mix the herbed panko breadcrumbs.

pork panko breadcrumbs

Egg Mixture

In a separate bowl crack and whisk eggs. You can start with 1 or 2 eggs, and add a third if needed. The whisked eggs will help the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken. 

whisked eggs

How to Make Panko-Coated Chicken Tenders 

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Then line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spray a wire rack with olive oil spray and place the wire rack over the prepared baking sheet. 

wire rack on baking sheet

The breading process is actually quite easy now that you have each section prepared. 

how to bread chicken fingers

First is the egg wash breading station. Dip a piece of chicken into the egg and make sure to cover the entire piece of chicken. 

raw chicken in egg

​Next, transfer the strips of chicken tenders to the panko breading mixture. 

chicken strips in panko mixture

Coat the entire strip of chicken with the panko crumbs. 

healthy Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe

Then transfer the panko breaded chicken to the prepared baking sheet.

single layer chicken on baking sheet

Repeat this process for all of these chicken tenders, and disregard any leftover egg and breadcrumbs. 

breading station, breading process, homemade chicken tenders

Make sure to place chicken in a single layer. 

breaded chicken on wire rack

How Long to Cook Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Cook the panko chicken tenders in the preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a standard meat thermometer to check temp. At this point the chicken is cooked but not yet crispy. To get the chicken to crispy perfection increase the heat to a high temperature/broil. Broil for 5 minutes, then flip the crispy tenders over and broil for another 5 minutes. 

oven baked chicken fingers with pork panko

Healthier Chicken Tenders 

Remove the delicious chicken tenders from the oven and enjoy. 

how to make Panko Chicken Tenders

This panko chicken tenders recipe has the best juicy chicken with a crispy panko crust. 

crispy Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe

We love these oven-fried chicken tenders with our homemade copycat chick fil A honey mustard sauce

Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe with dipping sauce
Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe

Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This panko chicken tenders recipe is easy to make with chicken tenderloins and a simple pork panko breadcrumb mixture.


  • 1 lb chicken strips
  • 1 cup pork panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley


  1. Cut chicken into strips or tenderloins
  2. In a small bowl combine salt, onion powder, garlic powder and parsley with pork panko and stir to combine.
  3. Crack and whisk eggs in a separate bowl.
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, spray a wire rack with cooking spray and place rack over baking sheet.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Coat eachh piece of chicken with egg then cover with panko breadcrumbs
  7. Place panko coated chicken tenders on prepared baking sheet/wire rack in a single layer.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and internal temp reaches 165.
  9. Increase heat and broil for 5 minutes, then flip chicken fingerss over and broil for additional 5 minutes until crispy.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 1334mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 42g

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  1. Love Panko crumbs, especially GF ones. Pinned this
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  2. We appreciate you dropping by and linking up at SSPS 290. Looking at this again, I noticed you used Pork Panko, so I will have to see if I can find that in GF.
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