Chicken Caesar chicken tenders are an exciting new take on the classic flavors of Caesar salad that everyone knows and loves. Fun to eat and easy to make, these will be a hit with the whole family. 

Partial image of chicken tenders served on a salad with dressing drizzled over all, on decorative plate with fork.

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Chicken you can eat with your hands? A win for kids and adults. Chicken you can eat with your hands that is made with only 5 additional ingredients? Well, that’s a win for mom. Or whoever does the cooking. Probably you, the one reading this food blog. But that’s just a wild guess.

Several baked chicken tenders in sheet pan lined with silpat.

If you like chicken Caesar salads, you’ll love this recipe for chicken tenders. It’s chicken Caesar that you can eat with your hands and it’s unbelievably simple to make.

I use store bought Caesar dressing and Caesar croutons to really drive home the flavor of a Caesar salad without making the recipe too difficult or labor-intensive. Making your own Caesar dressing is easy, though, and healthier, too. Give it a try if you have a little extra time. Homemade Caesar croutons are definitely something you want to try, too!

Then I toss in panko breadcrumbs to make the chicken tenders extra crispy (while still being baked and not fried). And don’t worry — I don’t forget the Parmesan cheese.

And hey, even if you don’t like Caesar salads, you’ll probably still like this recipe. Just ask my husband! He is absolutely not a fan of Caesar salad but he loves these chicken tenders. It gets the seal of approval and even the “I could eat this every night!” from hubby!

Closeup partial image of chicken tenders on a black plate, on light green patterned cloth.

All you need is some great chicken and 5 ingredients to make this chicken tenders recipe. If you need more inspiration for 5 ingredient chicken recipes, try blueberry chipotle chicken, pizza chicken made in one pan, or chicken enchilada soup

Serve Caesar chicken tenders on a salad with crisp romaine lettuce, sliced red onion, Parmesan cheese, and more dressing. Try them in a wrap or on a bun with lettuce and dressing.

Or serve the chicken tenders just as they are with extra dressing to dip them in. Roast broccoli or cauliflower in the oven right along with the tenders.  Simple and nutritious!

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Baked chicken tenders on rimmed baking sheet.

Chicken Caesar Chicken Tenders

Yield: 16 chicken tenders
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Chicken Caesar chicken tenders are an exciting new take on the classic flavors of Caesar salad that everyone knows and loves. Fun to eat and easy to make, these will be a hit with the whole family.


  • 2 pounds Just BARE boneless skinless chicken breasts (family pack)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup prepared Caesar dressing, plus extra for serving
  • 2 cups Caesar seasoned croutons, crushed in a blender or food processor
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut chicken breast into tender-sized strips but cutting down the long side of the breast (try to make them equal for even cooking). It should come out to about 4 tenders per chicken breast.
  2. Place flour in one shallow bowl, dressing in another shallow bowl, and mix together crushed croutons, panko breadcrumbs and cheese in a third shallow bowl.
  3. Take one tender, dip it in flour and shake the excess off. Then dip it the dressing and use your fingers to brush off any excess so there is only a thin layer (otherwise they’ll get soggy even after baking). Then, dip in the crouton/panko/cheese mixture so that the tender is evenly coated.
  4. Place on baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking sheet or parchment paper. Continue this breading process until all tenders are breaded and on the baking tray. Space them out so the sides aren't touching.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.


  • Serving suggestions: -On their own, dipped in Caesar dressing -In a wrap with extra Parmesan, Caesar dressing and lots of romaine lettuce -On top of a salad: Lots of romaine, croutons, cheese and dressed with Caesar dressing.
  • If you prefer, make your own Caesar croutons and Caesar dressing. Healthier and delicious!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tenders
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 725mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 42g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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