Greg DuPree
Hands-On Time
30 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Yield
3 batches of 12 tenders

There are many benefits to making a freezer-aisle staple like chicken tenders at home: not only do you get to control the ingredients in the recipe, but it can be a fun project to master this classic three-step breading process of flour, egg, and breadcrumb coating. Once you’ve got the hang of this method, it works with a variety of meats and vegetables. For example, if you wanted to make chicken-fried steak (well… an oven-baked version in this case), this method would work. Eggplant would work equally well, too. Bonus: This big-batch recipe makes 12 servings so that you’ll can get a few different dinners out of one session of cooking.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray. Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Whisk flour, paprika, ground mustard, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Beat eggs and milk in another large bowl.

Step 3

Melt half of the butter in a large skillet over medium. Add 2 cups Panko and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Repeat with remaining butter and Panko; transfer to baking dish. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper.

Step 4

Working in batches, dredge tenders in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in egg wash, letting excess drip off, and coat with Panko, pressing to adhere. Bake or freeze.

Step 5

To bake one batch: Place 12 tenders on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden on undersides, 6 to 8 minutes. Spray tenders with cooking spray, flip, and cook until golden and crisp all over, 6 to 8 minutes more. Stir together mayonnaise, Dijon, and honey. Serve with tenders.

Step 6

To Freeze: Arrange uncooked tenders in a shallow baking dish with parchment paper between layers. Freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Transfer to resealable freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 month.

Step 7

To bake from frozen: Place frozen, unthawed tenders on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden on under- sides, 12 to 15 minutes. Spray tenders with cooking spray, flip, and cook until golden and crisp all over, 12 to 15 minutes more.

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