Baked Cheddar-Dijon Chicken Tenders

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups cheddar crackers, such as Cheez-It or Cheese Nips

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 1/4 pound chicken tenders

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 cup all-purpose flour

Ranch dressing, ketchup or honey mustard, for dipping


  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush it with the olive oil.
  2. Pulse the cheddar crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Alternatively, place the crackers in a resealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Transfer the cracker crumbs to a wide, shallow bowl then stir in the paprika.
  3. In another wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs with the mustard. Place the flour in a third wide, shallow bowl.
  4. Coat each chicken tender in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip it in the eggs. Press it in the cracker crumbs until evenly coated then transfer to the prepared baking sheet, arranging all of the chicken tenders in a single layer about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake, flipping them once, until golden brown, about 15 minutes total. Serve with ranch dressing, ketchup or honey mustard, for dipping.
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