Baked Chicken Tenders

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood
Show: Trisha's Southern Kitchen | Episode: Tailgating
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55 min
30 min
4 servings


Chicken Tenders:
  • 3 cups cheese crackers, such as Cheez-Its, ground into crumbs
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 pound chicken tenders (7 to 8 tenders)
Dijon Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • Dash cayenne pepper 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
Baked Chicken Tenders


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil, then place a wire rack on top.

For the chicken tenders: Mix the cracker crumbs and Parmesan together in a large bowl. In a shallow dish, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar and some salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the chicken tenders with a little salt and pepper and then place them, one by one, in the mayonnaise mixture. Scrape off excess mayonnaise and then roll the tenders in the crumb mixture to coat. As you go, place the coated tenders on the wire rack.

Bake until cooked through and golden brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on the rack for 5 minutes.

For the Dijon sauce: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mustard, mayonnaise, honey, cayenne and some salt and pepper. Mix until smooth and lump free.

Transfer the chicken tenders to a serving platter. Serve with the Dijon sauce.