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Italian Chicken Tenders Parmesan

A versatile chicken tender recipe that is equally good as a stand alone dish or served as Chicken Parmesan along side your favorite spaghetti and salad.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 12-14 chicken tenders
  • 2 cups prepared pancake batter use your favorite brand or make your own from scratch
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • canola oil or other high temperature friendly oil
  • prepared Marinara sauce optional
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese optional


  • Preheat oven to 425°F
  • Prepare pancake batter according to instructions. Place in shallow dish.
  • In a second shallow dish, place bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  • Coat chicken tender first in pancake batter and then in bread crumb mixture. Repeat until all chicken is coated.
  • Heat canola oil in the bottom of a skillet on medium high heat.
  • Pan fry each chicken tender for 1-2 minutes per side. The purpose is to fry coating and make crispy, not cook chicken fully.
  • Place chicken tenders in 9x13 baking dishes. Try not to crowd the pans.
  • For chicken tenders, bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes.
  • For chicken Parmesan, our marinara sauce over chicken tenders. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve.
Keyword chicken parmesan, chicken tenders