Home > Dinner > Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders December 2, 2017 | 13 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Truly crunchy & crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders with a delicious medley of roasted veggies — an entire, well-rounded, nutritious dinner prepared all on one sheet pan! Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders It’s tricky getting super crispy and crunchy chicken tenders without loads of oil and a deep fryer, but we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to give you truly crispy baked chicken that is far more nutritious than the fried counter-parts. What are our tricks? I’ll quickly outline them below: Using Panko breadcrumbs. Panko bread crumbs are similar to regular bread crumbs, but they create a much crunchier, lighter, and more delicate result. Using panko ensures a more crispy and crunchy end product than regular bread crumbs. Baking on a wire cooling rack. If you have a wire cooing rack, place it right on top of a sheet pan and bake the chicken on top. This ensures more even circulation of heat in the oven which ensures crispier chicken all around as opposed to just being crispy on one side. Bonus: the panko that falls off the chicken gets nice and toasty on the sheet pan which we can then toss with the veggies making them even that much more flavorful! Spraying the chicken with cooking spray. The cooking spray not only ensures the chicken doesn’t stick to the pan or wire cooling rack, it also contributes to that ultra crispy and crunchy texture. And while we’re getting nice and crispy chicken, why not make veggies at the same time? One pan for the main dish and sides? Yes! The veggies surround the chicken on the sheet pan and are baked at the same time. Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Process Overview This recipe is fun because we get hearty veggies and crispy chicken all at the same time. Below is a quick overview of how to make this recipe. Start by tossing together the seasoning mix. While we get the oven nice and hot, quickly mix the seasonings. The seasoning blend is made once and used twice in this dish! Once the seasoning is prepped, chop the veggies. Add all the veggies to the pan with some olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the seasonings. Roast. Meanwhile, prep the chicken and place prepared chicken tenders on a generously greased, oven-safe wire cooling rack. The sheet pan is removed and the veggies get moved to one half of the pan or to the edges of the pan to make room for the wire cooling rack (with the chicken on it) to sit on the sheet pan. Add back to the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the pan, toss around the veggies and flip the tenders. Return to the oven for 7-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender. If the veggies aren’t quite tender, but the chicken is cooked through, simply remove the wire cooling rack with the chicken on it and place the veggies back in for another few minutes. And that’s it! You’ve got your meat, potatoes, and veggies all deliciously seasoned on one sheet pan! One Seasoning Mix — 2 Uses This recipe starts with 1 simple seasoning mix that we split into 2 parts. One part seasons the veggies and the other seasons the chicken! The blend contains: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika, dried oregano, and dried parsley. We keep the salt relatively low for the amount of chicken and veggies in this recipe because there is so much Parmesan in this dish (which is salty!). If you find the flavors lacking or less exciting than hoped, you may just need an extra pinch of salt at the end! Give the veggies and meat a quick taste test before serving and adjust salt as needed. Let’s Talk Chicken Tenders Ok, first things first. We use chicken tenders for this recipe. You can use chicken breasts, but you’ll need to cut them into thin strips — so they’re the size of tenders. Depending on the breast size, you can get 3-4 tenders from one breast. To prepare the chicken tenders, you’ll need to remove the tendons. This may seem like a tedious task (I used to hate it), but wait till you see and try this easy hack! For more deeply imbedded tendons, I like to cut them out with a sharp paring knife. Once tendons are removed, cut out any other gristle or fat and then pat dry the tenders with paper towel. Why pat meat dry? A few reasons, but for the purpose of this recipe, it helps the batter and breading stick to the chicken better and prevents it from cooking unevenly (excess liquid steams instead of roasts) which ultimately will make the chicken taste better! Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Breading Once the chicken is prepped, it’s time to dredge it in the batter, then the breading, and then throw it in the oven. Here’s a quick breakdown of the batter and breading: First, the batter: Egg and mayo. These two ingredients contribute flavor and are the main components of liquid in this batter. Dijon mustard. This ingredient is for a more complex flavor. Flour. A little flour thickens the breading to ensure it stays on the chicken. Spices. I like to add the spices to the batter, not the breading, to ensure the chicken gets that spice blend all over it. Then, the two-ingredient breading: Panko. Panko bread crumbs are typically found near other breadcrumbs in the baking aisle of the grocery store. If not there, they may be in the Asian food asile. Parmesan Cheese. Use a block of Parmesan cheese and grate on the small holes of the cheese grater. Measure loosely. I don’t recommend jarred/canned parmesan cheese — the flavor will be overpowering and too salty. QUICK TIP Once all the tenderloins are battered and breaded, they need to be generously sprayed with cooking spray. This promotes crisp, even browning in the oven and results in seriously crispy and crunchy chicken! Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Dipping Sauces We love a good chicken dipping sauce! I’ve included two different recipes for dipping sauces in the “notes” section of the printable recipe. Use whichever you prefer to grab a store-bought dipping sauce you know you love! The two sauces included in the recipe notes: a honey mustard and then an all-purpose chicken dipping sauce (similar to fry sauce!) To keep things super simple you could serve plain ketchup on the side (my kiddos love it) or even marinara sauce (again, inspired by the kiddos!) Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe Tools The following products are what I personally recommend for making this Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders & Veggies recipe: 15×21-inch extra-large sheet pan. The more space the vegetables and chicken have (and the less-crowded they are) the better they roast in the oven. When vegetables are overlapping on a sheet pan, they end up steaming instead of roasting which results in softer, somewhat soggy-tasting veggies. I recommend using a (this) 15×21 inch sheet pan. Veggie turner. To quickly flip the chicken tenders and toss the veggies, I love using this metal spatula. Cooling racks. To ensure ultra crispy chicken, we bake it on cooling racks. Be sure the cooling rack you’re using is indeed oven safe and a size that will fit comfortably on the sheet pan! Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Storage This recipe is best enjoyed after being made. The tenders don’t stay crispy when stored, so I recommend cooking only enough for one meal/what will be enjoyed that same day. As far as making ahead of time, it can be done, but I recommend waiting to dredge the tenders in the Panko-Parmesan mixture until right before baking. Otherwise, the breading will get soft and the chicken won’t be near as crispy/crunchy after baking. More One Pan Recipes One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies with turkey sausage & veggies One Pan Jambalaya even the rice cooks on the sheet pan! Chicken Pot Pie Pasta made in one pot Mini Meatloaf with mashed potatoes & green beans One Pan Shrimp and Sausage with garlic-herb seasoning blend FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe Truly crunchy & crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders with a delicious medley of roasted veggies -- an entire, well-rounded, nutritious dinner prepared all on one sheet pan! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Truly crunchy & crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders with a delicious medley of roasted veggies -- an entire, well-rounded, nutritious dinner prepared all on one sheet pan! Course Dinner, Main Course Cuisine American, Healthy Keyword Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Prep Time 35 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 1 hour Servings 4 servings Calories 565kcal Author Chelsea Cost $12.83 IngredientsSpices1 tablespoon EACH: dried oregano, dried parsley2 teaspoons EACH: garlic powder, paprika, fine sea salt3/4 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, pepperVeggies1 tablespoon (15g) minced garlic1 heaping cup (86g) broccoli (1 head)8 oz. (225g) green beans1 heaping cup (125g) sweet bell peppers (1 pepper or 6 minis)1 cup (140g) red potatoes. (1-2 potatoes)3 tablespoons (26g) olive oilChicken & Breading1 pound (16 oz. 485g) chicken tenders Note 11 cup (78g) panko breadcrumbs Note 21 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, separated2 tablespoons (27g) mayonnaise2 tablespoons (18g) white, all-purpose flour1 large egg1 tablespoon Dijon mustardCooking sprayOptional: Dipping sauces -- See Note 3 InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl mix all the seasonings together and then remove 1 tablespoon of the spices and set aside. Grab out a very large (15x21-inch) sheet pan (if you don't have this large of a pan, you'll want to use 2 pans.) Grab out a wire (oven-safe) cooling rack if you have one.VEGGIE PREP: chop broccoli into small bite-sized pieces, dice a red potato (small 1/2-inch pieces so it cooks in time), trim green beans, chop the peppers into 1 inch pieces, mince garlic.VEGGIES: On the pan, toss all the cut veggies with 3 tablespoons olive oil and the set aside 1 tablespoon seasoning mix. Toss to coat and then spread veggies in an even layer on the pan making sure the veggies aren't over-lapping (this will cause them to steam instead of roast and bake time is longer). Roast for 5 minutes and then remove. CHICKEN: Pat chicken tenders dry with paper towel and trim any fat and then remove tendons (try this easy hack!). Grab out 2 bowls: Add 2/3rds (40g) cup of freshly grated parmesan and 1 cup Panko to a shallow bowl. Toss to combine and set aside. Add all of the remaining spices, 2 tablespoons mayo, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon dijon to the other large, shallow bowl. Whisk to combine. Use tongs to pick up the chicken tenders, one at a time, and dredge into the batter mixture and evenly coat all sides. Repeat to dredge all the tenders in the batter. Tenders should all be well coated and use up all the batter. CHICKEN CONT.: Next, dredge each tender in the breading. Again, coat them all generously, you should use most of the breading. Spray wire cooling rack generously with cooking spray and then place coated chicken tenders on top of the wire cooling rack. Press any leftover breading on top and then generously spray the tenders with cooking spray on one side. Toss the veggies on the tray and make room to place the wire-cooling rack (with the chicken on top) onto the tray. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and carefully flip the tenders to the other side. Generously spray chicken with cooking spray and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until chicken registers 160 degrees F on a food thermometer. The veggies should be crisp tender at this point as well (if you'd like the veggies more tender, remove the wire cooling rack with chicken and add veggies back into oven for 5 more minutes or so). Remove from the oven and taste test chicken. Add a light sprinkle of salt on top of the tenders if needed to make the flavors come alive. FINISHING: Remove from the oven and carefully remove the wire cooling rack with chicken on top. Add the remaining 1/3 cup (20g) parmesan cheese to the veggies on the sheet pan. Toss the veggies with the cheese and any of the Panko breading that fell on to the tray from the chicken. Enjoy chicken and veggies with optional dipping sauces (see Note 3). Recipe NotesNote 1: If using chicken breasts, remove excess fat, pound them to even thickness and slice them to the size of tenders (about 1 and 1/4th inch strips). Note 2: Panko bread crumbs are similar to regular bread crumbs, but they create a much crunchier result. They can be found near breadcrumbs, flour, or cornmeal in the grocery store. Note 3: If you'd like a dipping sauce for chicken, here are our 2 favorites: Chicken Dipping Sauce. Whisk the following in a bowl until smooth: 1/2 cup (100g) Best Foods/Hellman's Regular Mayo 1/4 cup (65g) ketchup 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper and Worcestershire sauce 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt Honey Mustard. Whisk the following in a bowl until smooth: 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Best Foods/Hellman's Regular Mayo 1-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice 1-1/2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon honey BBQ sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays) 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper Note 4: Calories do not include dipping sauce. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.6g | Protein: 41.6g | Fat: 27.1g | Cholesterol: 146.5mg | Sodium: 766.5mg | Fiber: 4.9g | Sugar: 6.3g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! 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