Pizza Chicken Tenders

by Rachel Gurk on May 17, 2013 · 28 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Poultry

Pizza Chicken Tenders | RachelCooks.com

Apparently I’m on a chicken tender kick. They are so fun and easy to customize. It is a toss up to which flavor I like better, these pizza chicken tenders or my taco chicken tenders. The chicken tender recipes could have something to do with having a two year old, too. She of course loves anything that she can eat with her fingers, and even better–that you can dip into something: hummus, salsa, mustard, ketchup, and in this case, pizza sauce.  Anything having to do with pizza is usually a winner in her book as well.

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I typically just buy boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them up into tender-sized pieces. You can buy the pre-cut chicken tenders, but I typically stock up a bit on the boneless skinless breasts when they are on sale so I feel like that is a more budget-friendly option. One extra step, and your tenders might not all be perfectly shaped, but I think it is worth it! All you do is dip these in some seasoned flour, then eggs, and then a crunchy pizza topping composed of panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, pepperoni and some Italian seasoning. The nice thing about these is that you get the taste of pizza but some added lean protein and far less cheese. Don’t get me wrong, we won’t stop eating pizza any time soon, but this was good for some variety. Oh and did I mention that they are baked, not fried? Enjoy!

Pizza Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3 chicken tenders

These aren't your boring, every day chicken tenders. These are baked with all your favorite pizza flavors. Kids will love them!

Ingredients

  • 1and 1/2 pounds of chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into equal sized strips
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • approximately 1/2 cup of finely chopped pepperoni (I used half of a 3.15 ounce package)
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pizza sauce for dipping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with a Silpat baking sheet.
  2. Place flour and half of Italian seasoning in a large shallow bowl. Place beaten eggs in another shallow bowl, and bread crumbs, remaining Italian seasoning, pepperoni and mozzarella in a third bowl.
  3. Coat each chicken strip in flour mixture, then dip in eggs (let excess drip off), and then finally in bread crumb mixture. Place chicken strip on prepared tray and repeat until all chicken strips are coated.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Enjoy hot with pizza sauce for dipping.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/05/17/pizza-chicken-tenders/

Verdict: Great flavor of pizza and nice crunch from the panko. I’ll be making these again.
Husband’s take: Loved these! He loves chicken and pizza so this was no surprise.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

 

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ashley - baker by nature May 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

Chicken tenders are the best! And pizza?! I love it. So these = sure winner.

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2 steph@stephsbitebybite May 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

This is such a cool idea!

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3 Kathryn May 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

Such a clever idea! No wonder they were so popular.

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4 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats May 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

I make chicken tenders all the time, they’re so easy, and a quick, relatively healthy meal for my son! Love the pizza in this!

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5 Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

How fun! My kids would go nuts for these chicken tenders!!

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6 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

Ohhh, my goodness! Now these have to happen, STAT.

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7 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

Ohh the flavors in here are fantastic! I love chicken tenders, but they can get blah. These are anything but blah!

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8 Bev @ Bev Cooks May 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Girl you don’t eeveeeeeeen have to twist my arm.

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9 Bree {Skinny Mommy} May 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

What a perfect combo!

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10 Mom May 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Great idea, Rach! I bet even your picky nephew might be willing to try these :)

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11 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

such a great idea! love these flavors because pizza. duh.

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12 Ashley May 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Love this idea! You are so creative!!!

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13 Lisa May 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

I am a Panko fan…and a chicken tender fan…and a pizza fan LOL. This is perfect!

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14 Cassie | Bake Your Day May 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

These sound amazing, friend. A great crowd-pleaser!

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15 Nikki @Seeded at the Table May 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

I love giving Judah baked chicken tenders, homemade. And, to have a variety of flavors like this? Even better!!

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16 amanda @ fake ginger May 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm

These are so fun! I love that you put pepperoni in the breading!

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17 sally @ sallys baking addiction May 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I feel like I’m always on a chicken tender kick. I just made baked chicken tenders last night! And now I’m wishing they were pizza style :)

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18 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel May 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Oh man– I desperately need these! Pizzafied chicken tenders sound like a dream come true!

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19 Food and Wine May 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

Do you think other types of cheese could work too?
I have cheddar and halloumi, could I use those or is mozzarella a must?

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20 Rachel Gurk May 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I think cheddar would be great, Parmesan would taste fantastic as well.

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21 Food and Wine May 20, 2013 at 4:29 am

Thank you!

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22 shelly (cookies and cups) May 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

These are so fun! My kiddos 2 favorite foods all in one :)

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23 Jaclyn May 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

These look sooo good! My family would love them!

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24 Jess October 16, 2013 at 5:39 am

Yum! Is there a benefit to panko breadcrumbs over regular ones (like Progresso)? I live in France and haven’t been able to find panko here yet :(

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25 Rachel Gurk October 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

Panko breadcrumbs give a slightly crunchier texture but the regular bread crumbs would still work great! You could even get the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs and then probably skip the Italian seasoning in the recipe. :) Enjoy!

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26 Jessica January 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm

These sounds like a fun meal that my kids would love; but how many calories are in a serving?

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27 Rachel Gurk January 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

I don’t calculate that information due to wild variations in brands, etc, but there are lots of great online nutrition calculators that you can use!

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