EVERYTHING BAGEL CHICKEN TENDERS

Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner! Serve these crispy baked chicken tenders with sweet and tangy maple mustard dipping sauce for a meal that will be a hit with the whole family!

Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders on parchment lined sheet pan with a small bowl of maple mustard dipping sauce.Let’s get this week started with an easy dinner recipe reminiscent of something we probably all grew up eating. Crispy, crunchy, chicken tenders. Instead of making traditional I decided to upgrade mine and add everything bagel seasoning to them. These Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders will satisfy both the kid and adult in you!

There’s many ways to make chicken tenders or chicken nuggets. You can fry them, although I prefer not to go this route. You can still get crispy chicken tenders through baking and you don’t have to mess with frying or the extra calories. Then of course there’s my least favorite method, opening a box of them from the freezer section at the grocery store.

I get that sometimes the box of frozen chicken tenders is convenient and easy, but the flavor, texture and nutrition is nothing compared to when you make your own.

Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders on a sheet pan drizzled with maple mustard dipping sauce.

BENEFITS OF MAKING HOMEMADE CHICKEN TENDERS

  1. You control the type of chicken being used. It’s hard to say what quality of meat is being used in the boxed ones. If you want to use organic, free range, breast meat, dark meat, you have control over it.
  2. The breaded exterior of homemade chicken tenders is generally only a few ingredients. The boxed version can be a paragraph long list of ingredients.
  3. Frozen chicken tenders fall into the category of processed foods, perhaps not as processed as some, but why put random ingredients in your body that don’t need to be there?

Have I sold you yet on making your own baked chicken tenders? Still need convincing? Let’s talk about how easy they are to make.

Overhead photo of Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders on sheet pan with a bowl of maple mustard dipping sauce.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED EVERYTHING BAGEL CHICKEN TENDERS

  1. You’ll need two pie plates or shallow bowls. Crack an egg in one dish and add a splash of water. Whisk it. Add panko and to the other, stirring them to combine.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil sprayed with cooking spray or parchment paper and place the prepared chicken tenders on them in a single layer.
  3. Take a few of the chicken tenders (or chicken breasts cut into tenders like I did) and coat them in the egg wash. Use a fork to move them into the panko mixture and toss them around until coated. Place them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat the process until all the chicken is coated.
  4. Bake the chicken tenders at 400° F. for 12-15 minutes depending on their size. Chicken is cooked through when the internal temperature is 165° F.

That’s all there is to it! Dinner can literally be on the table in less than 30 minutes and it will taste so much better than what you get in the box from the freezer section.

Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders with maple mustard dipping sauce in a wooden bowl with a spoon.If you’re like me then you’ll need a dipping sauce for your Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders. Ketchup is great, but we can do better than that. Maple mustard dipping sauce is where it’s at friends! It’s sweet, it’s tangy and even a little spicy if you want. Dijon mustard, maple syrup and sriracha are all you need for the sauce. Not into spice? Skip the sriracha.

 

Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce Pinterest collage.

MORE BAKED CHICKEN TENDERS

Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Broccoli. One of the chicken tenders being lifted up with a black serving spoon.

Everything Bagel Chicken Tenders

EVERYTHING BAGEL CHICKEN TENDERS

yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 15 MINUTES
total time: 30 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

CHICKEN TENDERS

  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup panko or gluten-free panko
  • 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 egg

MAPLE MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. If using foil spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Take two pie plates or shallow bowls. Crack an egg in one, add a splash of water and whisk together. Add the panko and everything bagel seasoning to the other and combine.
  3. Take several chicken tenders and coat them in the egg wash. Use a fork to move them into the panko mixture and toss them around until coated. Place them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat the process until all the chicken is coated.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on their size. The chicken is cooked through when the internal temperature is 165° F.
  5. While the chicken bakes whisk together the ingredients for the dipping sauce. Serve with the finished chicken tenders.

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