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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
Baking boneless, skinless chicken tenders in the oven is an easy go-to for lunch or dinner. Photo Credit: mikafotostok/iStock/GettyImages

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.

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For Lightly Seasoned Chicken Tenders

Lay out your chicken tenders.
Lay out your chicken tenders.

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the skinless chicken tenders out on paper towels to absorb some of the extra moisture, leaving a few inches between each piece.

You can add all sorts of flavor to your chicken tenders depending on the spices you choose.
You can add all sorts of flavor to your chicken tenders depending on the spices you choose.

Step 2: Add Lemon and Spice

Cut a lemon into wedges and squeeze fresh lemon juice onto each tender. Watch for seeds and remove any that fall out.

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. Others include jerk seasoning, garam masala and tarragon. Have fun and try something new!

Turn each tender over and repeat the seasoning process on the other side.

Spray your baking pan with cooking spray.
Spray your baking pan with cooking spray.

Step 3: Prep Your Pan and Add Water

Coat a baking pan or sheet evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Spread out the seasoned chicken tenders on the baking pan, leaving space in between each tender. Then, Add a couple ounces of water to the baking pan.

Step 4: Bake Your Tenders

Bake the tenders for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until each tender is fully cooked and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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For Breaded Chicken Tenders

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray nonstick cooking spray liberally all over a baking pan or baking sheet.

Placing your flour, eggs, breadcrumbs and seasonings in three separate bowls will help you easily bread each tender.
Placing your flour, eggs, breadcrumbs and seasonings in three separate bowls will help you easily bread each tender.

Step 2: Prep Your Bowls for Breading the Chicken

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 3: Remove Excess Moisture

By removing excess moisture, your breading will stick better to the tenders.
By removing excess moisture, your breading will stick better to the tenders.

Pat each chicken tender down with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Step 4: Bread Your Chicken with Flour

A flour coating is the first step to breading your chicken.
A flour coating is the first step to breading your chicken.

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 5: Place Your Tenders in Egg Wash and Breadcrumbs

For the best breaded chicken tenders, a flour coating is followed by egg wash and then seasoned breadcrumbs.
For the best breaded chicken tenders, a flour coating is followed by egg wash and then seasoned breadcrumbs.

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 6: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Repeat your breading process for the remainder of your tenders.
Repeat your breading process for the remainder of your tenders.

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 7: Bake Your Tenders

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 and take them out of the oven when they reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more: The Nutrition in a Boneless Skinless Baked Chicken Breast

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