Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders will bring out the kid in you. You'll be delighted with this grownup version.

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You don't have to be a kid to love chicken fingers. In fact, I would argue that these are a more grown-up version of your favorite kid food. They're baked, not fried, and instead of a boring breadcrumb coating, we're adding ground Pecorino Romano cheese to the mix. You could also use Parmesan cheese, or whatever semi-hard cheese you have on hand--just make sure the cheese is ground finely and has the consistency of a powder. I chop up a block of Pecorino, and pulse it in my food processor to get freshly ground cheese.

For the crispiest chicken fingers, I used Panko instead of regular breadcrumbs. They have an extra crunch factor that I love. I used equal parts Panko and Pecorino. 

Let's talk about baking instead of frying. You still need a bit of oil for crispy baked chicken fingers. In this case, I lined my baking sheet with foil so I wouldn't have to wash it. I'm lazy like that. Don't tell my mom. Then, I sprayed the foil with cooking spray.

After dipping and coating the chicken fingers, I placed them on the baking sheet and sprayed them again. The oil on top of the chicken fingers is what will help them become brown and crispy. And a chicken finger that isn't brown and crispy is just a chicken flub.

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This recipe serves two, but it can easily be doubled to serve a crowd. Crispy chicken fingers are the perfect substantial appetizer at parties, and everyone loves them on game day. Oh, and you can totally make them for kids any day of the week, too.

If you buy the big pack of chicken tenders in bulk, you'll probably have some left over if you make this small batch of baked chicken tenders. With the rest of the package, try my easier chicken pot pie for two. All the comforting flavor of chicken pot pie, but served over toast instead of inside a pie crust. You're set with chicken fingers for life.

Looking for more one-pan meals? I'm partial to my homemade Salisbury steak for two and one pan roasted chicken & vegetables for two.

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Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 1 large Egg, Plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, Freshly ground
  • 3/4 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders, About 6 to 8 tenders


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F, and line a small sheet pan with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and egg yolk. In another small bowl, combine the bread crumbs and cheese.
  3. Dunk each chicken tender in the egg, followed by the cheese-bread crumb mixture. Press the mixture firmly onto the tenders to ensure even coverage.
  4. Place the chicken tenders on the baking sheet, spray the tops with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the chicken registered 165 on the inside, and the crust is browned and crispy.


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Author: Christina Lane
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 50
Calories 288

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 384mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 43g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.

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