Baked Chicken Tenders

Juicy oven Baked Chicken Tenders are marinated in plain yogurt with flavorful spices, and then dipped in panko flakes for a light breading. 

Baked Chicken Tenders on a black plate

Baked Chicken Tenders

If you eat chicken as much as we do, then you probably like to experiment with different marinades so your meat doesn’t taste bland. The marinade is especially important if you go the healthier route and bake your chicken without the skin. I have just the recipe to liven up chicken tenders!

Those that have been following my blog for more than a few posts know that I’m a big fan of eating Greek yogurt and using it as a substitute for mayonnaise, sour cream, and adding it to baked goods like blackberry muffins or using it as a base in my smoothies.


Baked Chicken Tenders in a baking pan

Oven baked chicken tenderloins marinated in yogurt!

I did it again! I marinated chicken tenders in yogurt with a blend of flavorful spices and splash of fresh lemon juice.

The thick coating sticks to the chicken while tenderizing it and keeps it moist when baked. The panko flakes loves the coating too. It’s the perfect glue 🙂

Fresh out of the oven we ate these tenders with potatoes, broccoli and salad. I wish I would have saved some Tortellini Mac and Cheese when I made these. That would’ve been a great meal!

What to serve with chicken tenders

I know little kids love baked chicken tenders since they’re considered finger food, and you can eat them without using a fork (or was that only my house rule??).

They’re also super convenient to wrap them up in a tortilla with a bunch of veggies for lunch or a snack; more finger food. My favorite way to eat these is on a bed of green salad!

How about adding macaroni and cheese on the stove, simple potato salad or a fresh fruit salad.

Baked Chicken Tenders in a skillet

I made this recipe so that I could have a lot of leftover chicken tenders to have different options like those I just mentioned. When someone says there is NOTHING to eat, challenge them to come up with something creative with these delicious pieces of chicken!

Baked Chicken Tenders on a black serving plate

Baked Chicken Tenders

Oven baked chicken tenders marinated in yogurt with flavorful spices, and then dipped in panko flakes for a light breading. Delicious over a salad or serve with any side dish
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken tenders
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 640kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 16 skinless chicken breast tenders approximately 1 1/2-2 lbs
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon juiced


  • 1 1/2 cups panko flakes Japanese style breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • non-stick olive oil spray


  • Pre-heat the oven to 300F°. Line two baking sheets with foil and lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix yogurt, garlic powder, paprika, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper together well.
  • Add lemon juice and fold in chicken tenders coating each piece with yogurt marinade. Refrigerate while mixing breading.
  • In a shallow dish whisk together panko, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Dip each chicken tender into the breading coating both sides and place on the baking sheets. Lightly spray the chicken with cooking spray. Bake for about 20 minutes. Broil if you want extra crispy topping one minute per side.


Serving: 2Chicken tenders | Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 86g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1746mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g


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  1. Hi there, I am planning on making this recipe this weekend, it looks awesome. Just want to confirm that the oven temp is 300 degrees.

  2. I made these for dinner tonight with a side of broccoli cheddar soup. These chicken tenders are SO GOOD. This is the first time I’ve had chicken tenders that not only didn’t need to be dipped in a condiment (ketchup, mustard, etc…), but that I didn’t WANT to dip in a condiment because the flavor is so delicious. They were tender but crispy on the outside and the greek yogurt + lemon combination gave a light tartness that I have not had before but really enjoyed.

    Will definitely make again and highly recommend!

  3. I have made your fabulous recipe a dozen times or more. Not only do our grands love it, but every adult as well. It comes out perfect every time. Thanks so much.

  4. Your chicken tenders do look so tender. Coating them yogurt is a great idea to seal in the juices and get the panko break crumbs to stick. Baking is so much of a healthier idea then frying. Will pin this recipe so can try this recipe with my boys later. Take Care, BAM

  5. These look wonderful, Sandra. I love how you marinated the chicken. With those ingredients the chicken must have wonderful flavour. And your panko-crust is full of ingredients too. These tenders must be very popular! xx

  6. I love making homemade chicken tenders – they are so much better than anything that comes from a freezer box! Your recipe sounds great. I love using panko and that hint of chili sounds great!

  7. Your chicken tenders look terrific, Sandra! I have a chicken kabob recipe that is marinated in yogurt…it makes the chicken so tender. I know I’d love your recipe!