Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders are a simple, delicious dinner recipe that the entire family will love!
Any time I want dinner to be a surefire hit with the kids (and, let’s be honest, the adults), I know that I can call upon trusty homemade chicken nuggets. But sometimes I just don’t feel like cutting and dipping all of those little chunks of chicken. So I take a slight shortcut and make Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders instead!
When I’m on my game and thinking ahead, I like to quickly brine my chicken tenders in a salt water solution before breading and baking. This guarantees juicy, flavorful chicken, which is a perfect complement to the crunchy panko breadcrumb coating. Brining is a totally optional step, but it does make a difference.
I keep the seasonings simple — garlic salt and pepper. And after the chicken tenders are baked to perfection, I broil them for the last couple of minutes, which results in a nice, golden-brown topping.
This recipe is so easy and not at all fancy, y’all, but it makes for one of my family’s favorite meals. I usually pair Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders with a side of Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, a pot of Stovetop Mac & Cheese, and a crisp green salad drizzled with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. We might even split a couple Snickerdoodle Mug Cakes for dessert.
Say it with me friends! Comfort food, comfort food, comfort food.
So if you’ve got a package of boneless, skinless chicken pieces hanging around your fridge with no meaningful purpose in life, slice ’em into tenders, coat ’em with panko, and bake ’em up! Take it from me…your family will be licking their plates and singing your praises. 😉
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