These baked chicken tenders are a family favorite crowd-pleasing recipe!

Parmesan baked chicken tenders are truly a flavor explosion. I love to make them during the week because they are on the table in 20 minutes or less!


Baked chicken tenders on platter

Talk about an easy weeknight meal and another great recipe to have in your arsenal. Plus, even the pickiest eaters love this recipe.

Bonus – I bet you already have all the items in your pantry!

This baked chicken tenders recipe is made with all simple ingredients.

  • Chicken Tenders (I love using these because you don’t have to cut them up or anything, they are ready right out of the packaging!)
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Dried Spices
  • Parmesan Cheese (you can use the pre-grated version, but there is nothing like freshly grated parm!)
  • Breadcrumbs (I love to use panko breadcrumbs – they give the best crunch, but plain is okay too. Extra points if you have Italian seasoned breadcrumbs on hand!)
  • That’s it!
Parmesan Baked Chicken Tenders with potatoes

I love to serve this alongside my rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, this is a go-to meal at least once a week.

Baked chicken tender recipes are a must for busy families.

They are seriously just flat-out easy to make. Prep time for this recipe, in particular, is about 5 minutes.

  • Stir the mayo with the parmesan cheese and spices.
  • Dip tenders into the mayo mixture and lay them out onto a prepared sheet tray lined with foil.
  • Sprinkle on some panko breadcrumbs (you can also use regular breadcrumbs if that’s what you have on hand – no worries!).
  • Bake at 425° for 13-15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. BOOM, done.
Chicken tenders cross section

What I really love about these parmesan baked chicken tenders is how flavorful they are. I just can’t get enough!

Give me a mocktail virgin margarita and some banana pudding fluff for dessert and I am one happy girl!

What are parmesan baked chicken tenders?

Normally, when you think of baked chicken tenders they are breaded and then baked. This recipe is a little different – but WAY more flavorful.

The mayonnaise mixture is what sets this recipe apart. It is loaded with garlicky-herby-deliciousness and addictive.

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Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders-5

Parmesan Baked Chicken Tenders

5 from 1 vote
These baked chicken tenders are a family favorite crowd-pleasing recipe! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese fresh grated, or parmesan cheese of your choice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 5 cracks fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or plain breadcrumbs
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, parmesan, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, and garlic powder. Dip the chicken tenders one at a time into the mayonnaise mixture.
  • Lay them out onto a sheet tray that is lined with foil and spray with cooking spray. Make sure the tenders are not touching. If there is any leftover mayonnaise mixture, spoon it on top of the tenders.
  • Sprinkle tenders with the breadcrumbs evenly. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown, and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°.

Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 431mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chicken tender

I highly suggest Monterey Chicken for another easy weeknight meal.

Monterey chicken sitting on a dark cookie sheet with a small bowl of monterey sauce and a brush

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a great side idea for these baked chicken tenders!

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes close up with butter on top in a white bowl

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  1. Love this recipe, but wondering how well it would freeze once cooked. Looking for ideas for lunches.