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How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven

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author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven Photo Credit Michael Gann/Demand Media

Baking boneless chicken strips doesn’t have to be a challenge -- or a problem for your waistline. Whether you prefer them as plain as possible or if you need a little crunch, let your oven do most of the magic. All you need to do is add a little dab of flavor beforehand.

Lightly Seasoned Chicken Tenders

Step 1

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Lay the skinless chicken tenders out on paper towels, leaving a few inches between each piece, to absorb some of the extra moisture.

Step 3

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Cut a lemon into wedges and squeeze fresh lemon juice onto each tender. Watch for seeds and remove any that fall out.

Step 4

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Sprinkle sea salt and freshly ground black pepper on each skinless chicken tender. Add any spices or herbs you'd like -- turmeric, chili powder, sage or thyme are all classic choices. Turn each tender over and repeat the seasoning process on the other side.

Step 5

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Coat a baking pan evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Spread out the seasoned chicken tenders on the baking pan, leaving space in between each tender.

Step 6

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Add a couple ounces of water to the baking pan.

Step 7

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Bake the tenders for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until each is fully cooked and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 165 F.

Breaded Chicken Tenders

Step 1

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Preheat your oven to 425 F.

Step 2

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Spray nonstick cooking spray liberally all over a baking sheet.

Step 3

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Place three small bowls on your counter. Add a small amount of all-purpose flour to the first bowl. Break two eggs into the second bowl and whisk them briefly with a fork. Put breadcrumbs seasoned with salt, pepper and your chosen spices and herbs into the third bowl.

Step 4

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Pat each chicken tender down with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Step 5

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Pick up a skinless chicken tender with tongs and dip it in the first bowl filled with flour, covering all sides of the tender.

Step 6

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Remove the tender from the flour with the tongs, shaking off any extra flour. Quickly dip the tender in the egg wash and then place the tender into the seasoned breadcrumbs. Make sure all sides are evenly coated with breadcrumbs.

Step 7

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Pull the coated chicken tender out of the breadcrumb bowl and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat the breading process for all remaining chicken tenders.

Step 8

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders in the Oven
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Put the baking sheet in the oven after all tenders are coated. Bake until fully cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes. Check the internal temperature of the tenders reaches 165 F.

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