Feb 5
2014

Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

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It’s time to leave those fried chicken nuggets in the dust! This crispy and healthy baked chicken tender recipe will be a hit with both kids and adults.
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It’s been several years since I’ve had to crawl through the tunnels of a McDonald’s Playplace to “save” one of my boys from the depths of the multi-colored labyrinth, holding my breath the whole way and hoping that I didn’t crawl through some unknown substance.

Of course, my kids thought the whole experience was “the bomb”. What’s not to like, right? A gaggle of new playmates and kid-sized tunnels of fun, all topped off with chicken nuggets and mini soft serve ice cream cones…a kid’s heaven!

While I normally don’t rejoice in these experiences being knocked off the list, as it means that my boys are growing up (too fast!), I readily admit that I’m happy to leave McDonald’s in the past…forever.

Luckily for me, my kids are requesting more and more healthy meals and don’t have a craving for fried food, unless it’s in the form of calamari or shrimp tempura sushi rolls (oh, our poor wallets!)

This healthy version of chicken nuggets or chicken strips brings back the good memories of the younger years while keeping things heart-healthy.

Chicken tenders are dipped in whole wheat flour and a Dijon mustard and paprika egg mixture, then dredged in a whole wheat Panko breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mixture. Instead of taking a turn in oil, the tenders are baked in a hot oven until light golden brown and crispy.

Whole wheat panko breadcrumbs can be found in several health food store, such as Whole Foods, or HERE. You can easily substitute regular Panko breadcrumbs.

So, what was the verdict for the kids?

“Yum! Are there more?” High praise, indeed.

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet lined with foil. Coat with cooking spray.

Place the whole wheat flour in a medium bowl. In a shallow container, whisk together the eggs, Dijon mustard and paprika. In a separate shallow container, combine the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe | cookincanuck.com #chicken

Working with one chicken tender at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess. Next, dip in the egg mixture until the chicken is coated. Last, roll the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, completely coating the outside.

Transfer the chicken tenders to the prepared wire rack.

Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe | cookincanuck.com #chicken

Lightly coat the chicken tenders with cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is just cooked through and the breadcrumbs are starting to brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Serve with Dijon or honey mustard.

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Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 2 chicken tenders

Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/4 lb. (about 8) chicken tenders

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet lined with foil. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place the whole wheat flour in a medium bowl. In a shallow container, whisk together the eggs, Dijon mustard and paprika. In a separate shallow container, combine the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess. Next, dip in the egg mixture until the chicken is coated. Last, roll the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, completely coating the outside.
  4. Transfer the chicken tenders to the prepared wire rack.
  5. Lightly coat the chicken tenders with cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is just cooked through and the breadcrumbs are starting to brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  6. Serve with Dijon or honey mustard.

Notes

From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck | www.cookincanuck.com

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1 Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness February 5, 2014 at 5:42 am

Thank you for this!
I sent my hubby to go grocery shopping yesterday…first mistake right there.
He came back with a bunch of frozen chicken tenders to pack in his lunches. UGH.
Love these!

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2 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite February 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

I am super excited because I have all the ingredients needed to make these chicken tenders. They look great!

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3 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 5, 2014 at 8:20 am

Oh YUM, these look just scrumptious. Pinning!

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4 Amanda February 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thank you for this, these look so tasty and crispy! :)

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5 Carla | Carla's Confections February 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

These look absolutely amazing. I love homemade chicken tenders! We make them pretty often, but I think we need to try this version now :)

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6 Liz February 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a Happy Day!

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7 Manju @ Manju's Eating Delights February 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

This looks so good. I love crunchy baked chicken strips.

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8 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective February 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I love that these are baked! Can’t wait to try!

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9 Happy Valley Chow February 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I love chicken tenders and your recipe definitely sounds like a winner. Fantastic job :)

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow

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10 Rachel Cope February 6, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hi! I’d love to print and don’t see the full recipe print button. Did I miss it?! Thanks for the recipe!

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11 Megan {Country Cleaver} February 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

I’m with you – leave the McNuggets in the dust!! Especially since I know that homemade ones are so much better and MORE flavorful, too! Though, I do miss their fries from time to time. :)

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12 Laura @ My Friend's Bakery February 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

I love baked chicken tenders. Another great recipe to try. Thanks.

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13 kelley February 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

These are gorgeous- I would happily eat these for lunch or dinner. They look so crispy and savory, I’m sure my boys would gobble them up!

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14 Christine February 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

Hihi, I already had a soft spot for your site just reading the name (I have very fond memories of living in Canada for a year)…but a website with healthy recipes on the very week I realized that I might just need to head in a healthier direction for the start of a new teaching semester AND this version of parmesan chicken nuggets! Pinteresting you! What a good idea!

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15 Nutmeg Nanny February 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Parm crusted chicken, oh my goodness how amazing! I can’t wait to taste these :)

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16 Colleen April 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

REALLY delicious meal! Thank you!

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