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
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.
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!
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!
- 16 skinless chicken breast tenders (approximately 1 1/2-2 lbs)
- CHICKEN MARINADE
- 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 300 degrees. 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 Chicken tenders
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 640Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 1746mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 86g
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