chicken tenders recipes

14 Chicken Tender Recipes You Must Try for Tasty Meals

Chicken tenders, or chicken tenderloins, are strips of meat attached to the underside of the breast. When cooked right, they’re wonderfully tender, moist, and succulent, making them a popular choice for all things finger food! Chicken tenders are often sold separately from the breast, but you can also cut strips from a chicken breast and use them as you would use tenders.

Here’s a list of some of the juiciest yet crispy chicken tenders recipes! They’re filled with delicious flavors and will delight both young and old!

1. Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders (Gluten-Free)

These buffalo chicken tenders are double-breaded before being baked to perfection. Chicken tenders are breaded with coconut flour, egg wash spiced with hot sauce, and a mixture of spices to pack heat. They’re also flavored with ground cashews and sweet shredded coconut, which give the tenders loads of mouth-watering flavors. Serve these delicious treats with any dips of your choice.

2. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders

Marinated in seasoned buttermilk, these chicken tenders are infused with delicious flavors and are wonderfully juicy. You can enjoy the crispy, crunchy tenders on their own, dip them in honey mustard sauce, or serve them on top of a green salad for a filling meal.

3. Chicken Tenders (Lemon Garlic Parmesan)

Bursting with fresh lemon garlic flavors, this recipe involves coating the chicken tenders with an egg wash and a parmesan panko breadcrumb to produce moist, succulent pieces of meat with an addictive crunch. Serve them with a delicious good sauce prepared with Dijon mustard, honey, salt, white vinegar, and whole egg mayo for dipping!

4. Chicken Tenders with Bacon Jalapeño Sauce

Everyone who grabs a bite will love these chicken tenders! To make, rub chicken tenders with spices and olive oil, injecting them with rich flavors. You can grill or broil them, as desired, then smother them with a creamy and flavorful bacon sauce infused with jalapeño peppers and balsamic vinegar. The tenders have lovely crispiness, while the sauce delivers a mouth-burning heat that’s absolutely addictive!

5. Corn Flake Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are tender yet crispy — the perfect combination of textures. They’re soaked in egg and milk and coated with egg wash but also contain cornflakes that add a wonderful crunch to them. And since the chicken tenders are baked, not fried, it makes them a much healthier option to try.

6. Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

Cracker Barrel makes some of the most delicious chicken tenders, and with this copycat recipe, so can you! The chicken tenders are flavored with honey, Italian dressing, and fresh lime juice and braised in a non-stick pan to golden brown perfection. The result is soft and juicy chicken tenders that will elevate your dinner spread!

7. Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders

These crispy fried chicken tenders will become a staple in your home. It develops juicy, crispy perfection with just egg and flour, although you can also soak your tenders in buttermilk for a richer taste. The best thing? You only need an hour to cook this wonderful meal!

8. Easy Bisquick Chicken Tenders

This recipe calls for coating chicken tenders in Bisquick to make them extra crispy. It comes together quickly and can be made in an oven or an air fryer. Use grated parmesan cheese to add flavor, and feel free to use whatever seasonings you like to adapt to your palate. Serve them with your favorite sauce for dipping.

9. Easy Doritos Chicken Tenders

Crunchy and flavorful on the outside and delightfully tender on the inside, this one’s an amazing kid-friendly recipe you can try today. It uses mayonnaise to coat the chicken, which is then covered with crushed Doritos to produce a crowd-pleasing dish. You can also spruce things up by mixing in spices like garlic salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

10. Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders

This recipe produces the crispiest chicken tenders you can make while keeping the tenders surprisingly tender in every bite. You can serve it with a tangy and sweet maple mustard dipping sauce to create a flavor contrast and mix in some sriracha to make it a little spicy. Pair them with green beans or roasted or mashed potatoes for a complete meal!

11. 15-Minute Honey Garlic Chicken

In this recipe, chicken tenders are seasoned with cornstarch, oregano, salt, and pepper and then seared until cooked through. To infuse it with rich flavors, slather them in a sticky sweet and garlicky sauce made with honey, hot sauce, garlic, and soy sauce. Serve it as an appetizer or with jasmine rice or cauliflower rice for a filling meal.

12. Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

When a recipe combines garlic and butter, you know it’s going to taste incredible. In this recipe, chicken tenders are coated with cutter and garlic to produce tender, juicy, and succulent restaurant-style finger food everyone will love. The best thing is that this recipe comes together with simple but flavorful ingredients like butter, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings, which you likely already have in your pantry. Talk about convenience!

13. Lemon Butter Chicken Tenders

This appetizing recipe is super easy to make, but it’s bursting with zesty flavors. Make it by tossing chicken with herbs and spices and cooking them until they’re golden brown and crispy. Finish them off with a lemon butter sauce to make them even more appealing. You can enjoy them on their own or with couscous, potatoes, or roasted veggies.

14. Truly Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

This crowd-pleasing recipe is a touch different from the rest, and you’ll quickly find out why. It uses toasted breadcrumbs and a one-dredge batter to coat the chicken, which makes a big difference in its crunch and flavor level. These tenders are best served with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and honey mustard dipping sauce to give them tangy and sweet flavors.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.