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25 Chicken Tender Recipes Both Parents and Kids Will Love

September 22, 2022

They’re perfect for salads, sandwiches and everything in between.

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Our Best Ideas for Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a fantastically versatile ingredient for any night of the week. Though they’re perfect on their own with a side of dipping sauce, they also make a hearty addition to salads, a crunchy filling for sandwiches and an easy swap in recipes that call for chicken breast — like skillet mains or Chicken Parmesan. Whether you stick to a traditional recipe (breaded and fried — or baked!) or spice things up with an elevated twist, you can’t go wrong with tenders. Thought all crispy dippers had to be deep fried? Think again! This family-favorite version cuts down on grease and fat by baking them in the oven instead. Parmesan cheese and Dijon mustard add extra umami flavor to the savory tenders.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air fryers are an easy way to cut down on added oil or grease. That’s why this recipe for chicken tenders is just a little bit healthier than your standard recipe—they get cooked in the air fryer to make them just a little bit healthier. Serve with a honey mustard dipping sauce for a quick, easy weeknight meal.

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Chicken Marsala Pasta al Forno

For an easy dish to wow everyone at your next dinner party, try this super simple Chicken Marsala Pasta al Forno. Cremini and dried porcini mushrooms get cooked together with Marsala wine, garlic, and shallots, then tossed with pasta and parmesan cheese. The whole dish gets topped with crispy, crunchy chicken tenders.

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Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

We’re firm believers that parmesan cheese makes anything better, and that’s extra apparent in this recipe for parmesan-crusted chicken fingers. Dredging them in buttermilk before coating with the crunchy topping adds an even more complex flavor.

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