Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Ok, friends.  I have never, ever, EVER had a better chicken tender in my life, than the ones that came from this recipe.  Oh man.  OH MAN.  How much more repetitive can I get?  They were so perfect.  So crispy.  So flavourful.  So amazing.  I wanted to eat 20.  But I didn’t (obviously).
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This crispy baked chicken tenders recipe comes from Tina’s Chic Corner, and it was divine.  I know the toasted panko had something to do with it.  Panko is amazing on its own, but toasted…heavenly.  Also the mustard.  A nice little kick!  And those spices.  Great combination.
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I have made A LOT of chicken in my life (prior to this blog, as well as featured on this blog) and moreover, I have eaten a lot of chicken tenders, made by others.  This recipe outshines them all.  I sound like a crazy person, ranting about the greatness of these chicken tenders, but please.  Make them.  Then invite me over for dinner so that I can eat them again!
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Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

serves 2

Ingredients:
-cooking spray
-1cu panko bread crumbs
-1tbsp oil
-salt and pepper, for chicken seasoning
-1/2lb chicken breast, cut into tender-strips (or 1/2lb already-cut tenders)
-1/4cu all-purpose flour
-1/2tsp garlic powder
-1/4tsp cayenne pepper
-1 egg
-1/2tbsp water
-1/2tbsp mustard (I used dijon)
-1/8tsp dried thyme

Directions:
-1.Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
-Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place a wire rack on top (I don’t have a wire rack, and it still worked out ok). Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
-Season the chicken breast tenderloins with salt and pepper and set them aside
-In a skillet, heat oil on medium. Add the panko bread crumbs and cook until the crumbs are gold brown, stirring constantly.
-In a bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, mustard, and thyme. Once the panko bread crumbs have been toasted, transfer them to another bowl. Set them aside until ready to use.
-Line up the bowls in order (flour bowl, egg bowl, panko bowl), then dredge each chicken tender in each bowl, making sure to shake off excess flour or batter.
-When each chicken tender is complete, place on the wire rack (or just on the sprayed foil).
-Spritz the chicken with some cooking spray and cook them for about 12 minutes, or until cooked through.

Other chicken tenders/nuggets recipes seen on Never The Same Dish:

Baked Chicken Tenders

Sweet Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Barbecue Chicken Fingers (actually, these are probably a close second, for amazingness!)

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