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Crispy Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders


  • 2 pounds chicken tenders 
  • Kosher salt
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup fresh finely shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese, packed
  • ½ cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and top with a baking rack and spray with cooking spray. (if no baking rack, just spray the foil with cooking spray). Set aside.
  • Combine the coating ingredients in three shallow containers (like pie tins): 1 - sift together all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper; 2 - whisk together eggs and milk; combine panko breadcrumbs, sharp cheddar and Parmesan cheese.
  • Season chicken on both sides with kosher salt.
  • Set up an assembly line to coat the chicken as follows: flour mixture, then egg mixture, and finally cheese mixture. Set pieces in a single layer on the prepared baking rack or baking sheet. Chicken can be close together but should not touch. *Pro-tip - use one hand for wet and one hand for dry coating.
  • Bake chicken at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.or until golden. If you are not using a baking rack, turn the chicken tenders over after about 10 minutes. *For additional browning, turn on the broiler for a few minutes until golden.
  • Serve immediately with choice of dipping sauce.