These truly crispy baked chicken tenders are…wait for it…tender and super-flavorful, too.
Hello and welcome to the “mostly” of this mostly vegetarian food blog. I’m obsessing over these flavorful, crispy baked chicken tenders, and so are our kids. They’re easy to make, reasonably good for ya, and equally at home as a party appetizer or weeknight dinner.
The key to the crispy coating is browning the panko (mixed with a little melted butter and parmesan) on its own before using it to coat the chicken. Panko is hilarious, because on its own in burns to a crisp in like seven minutes, but slapped on a piece of chicken it stays pale to the death. There’s a sweet spot in between, and that’s where this recipe lives.
I’m like 98% sure I came up with this idea in my very own head, but in doing some research I saw that the wonderful and generous Nagi of the Australian food blog RecipeTin Eats uses a very similar method. So whether I saw her recipe at some point in the past and it snuck in without tripping the alarm, or whether I’m just introducing you to a terrific food blog you may not already be reading, well, win-win, and thank you Nagi.
In other news, my memory is TERRIBLE.
What were we talking about?
Okay, I’m off to pack for our quick trip to San Diego. We have a real knack for booking flights to coincide with the biggest snowstorm of the year. So there’s that.
Talk to you soon.
Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders
You’ll need a rimmed baking sheet and a wire rack that fits inside.
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- A few good grinds black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (about 12)
- 2 cups panko
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted