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Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

These Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders that I made this week were created to fit hand-in-hand with my Homemade Ranch Dressing.

baked parmesan chicken tenders on a baking sheet

As a child (and now as a teenager) chicken tenders have been part of my life. There is no denying it. I am simply a chicken tender-fanatic. Most of them are fried, so I wanted to make something a bit healthier. I was surprised at how crispy these tenders turn out, even though they are baked. The Parmesan/ breadcrumb coating is very key to that.

I found it really cool to know all of the ingredients that you put into these Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders. Some of those frozen chicken tenders have a long list of scary ingredients! You can make this recipe complete with my Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe, the perfect dipping sauce!

spooning butter onto parmesan chicken tenders on a baking sheet

Butter! Or as people in New England call it, BUTTAH!  Butter is drizzled on top before baking.

baked parmesan chicken tenders on a white plate served with a glass dish of ranch dressing

How do you make Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders?

My Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders are very easy to make. Just a little rolling around in the breadcrumbs, a plop on the baking tray, a drizzle of butter, and a journey into the oven! Note: it is best if you line your baking sheet with parchment paper so the crumbs don’t stick to the pan.

Dipping a chicken finger in ranch dressing

These chicken tenders complement my homemade ranch dressing very well (and the other way around). They are perfect- extremely yummy, and not unhealthy deep fried things! This is a great dinner for anyone, whether they are 13 or 30. Because who doesn’t love chicken tenders?!

And even a kid can make a meal to complement a side (and the other way around)… Like Me!

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If you’re a lover of chicken recipes, you might also want to try my Copycat Chik-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets or my Chicken Cheese Steak Sandwiches.  This 3-Ingredient Brown Sugar Chicken looks pretty good too!

baked parmesan chicken tenders on a baking sheet

Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Simple, family friendly dinner recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings (2 chicken tenders per serving)
Calories 320 kcal


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup cornflake crumbs
  • 16 ounces chicken tenders (about 10)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425℉. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray or (better yet) line it with parchment paper.
  • Place the buttermilk in one bowl, and mix the Parmesan and cornflake crumbs and place in another bowl. Place the chicken tenders in the buttermilk and let soak for 15 minutes. Then dip each tender into the cheese/crumb mixture to cover completely, and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle the melted butter on top of the tenders. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy and golden and cooked through. Eat! These are really good dipped in ranch dressing.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 26gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 673mgPotassium: 461mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 825IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 7mg
Keyword baked, chicken, parmesan, tenders
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Recipe Rating

Dawn M Matera

Sunday 14th of November 2021

I can't wait to try these for my grandson. Can you send me your homemade ranch dressing recipe please.


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

It's here, thanks:


Tuesday 5th of October 2021

This is our 2nd time having these! Is your home made Ranch dressing recipe on your website? My son and I love ranch dressing on lots of items. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

These were delicious and a big hit with my family!


Monday 26th of April 2021

Could you cook these in an Air Fryer? 


Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Probably, but we have not tried it!

Lisa Dammann

Saturday 6th of July 2019

Can you use this recipe on fish also?


Wednesday 31st of July 2019

I haven't tried it, but it sounds good!