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Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders
Guest post from Gayle McLeod, The Soup Solution As sure as the sun will rise, my little guy will order “chicken strips & fries”... Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Guest post from Gayle McLeod, The Soup Solution

As sure as the sun will rise, my little guy will order “chicken strips & fries” every time we find ourselves in a restaurant, without even glancing at the menu. Unofficially deemed a chicken strip connoisseur at the worldly age of seven, he has {thankfully} deemed these worthy of a place at our family table.

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure they would pass under his scrutiny. He was partial to the salty, battered & deep fried versions, served with ketchup or overly sweet plum sauce, so I had to pull out all the stops to make an at-home version not only palatable, but something he would really enjoy.

This recipe uses ground Parmesan & generous seasonings for great flavour, and Panko breadcrumbs misted with an olive oil spray to achieve that satisfying crunch, without drowning them in oil. We also swapped out ketchup for a healthier marinara dip using this all-natural Fresh Tomato & Basil Sauce (available at I love that it’s made with fresh ingredients and without sugar – it’s a delicious alternative. I hope you and your family love this recipe as much as we do.

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Serves 4 (2 adults + 2 kiddos)

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into strips (about 0.7-0.8 kgs)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (*see note)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • dash of Tobasco sauce
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup freshly ground Parmesan cheese (pulse the cheese in a food processor until it resembles bread crumbs)
  • 1 tbsp Simply Organic all purpose seasoning (or a combination of seasonings, try garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, etc…)
  • salt & pepper
  • 500 ml Fresh Tomato & Basil Sauce, warmed and puréed to a smooth consistency

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders 1

Soak chicken strips in buttermilk for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450ºF and prepare a cookie sheet with an oiled rack on top, or line with parchment paper, or grease the cookie sheet very well with olive oil.

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and drain well. Set up your coating stations as follows:

  1. flour, seasoned well with salt & pepper
  2. lightly beaten eggs with hot sauce, salt & pepper
  3. breadcrumbs with ground Parmesan, salt, pepper and all purpose seasoning.

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders 2

Dredge each piece of chicken in flour, knocking off the excess… then dip into the egg mixture. Let any excess drip off before coating in the breadcrumbs. Gently shake off the excess coating and place the chicken in a single layer on the prepared cookie sheet.

Spray olive oil to coat the tops of the chicken pieces well. This achieves that crispy-crunchy coating. (I use a MISTO refillable oil atomizer – it’s economical and uses a pump to mist the oil, but cooking spray in a can works great too.)

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn over the chicken and spray again with olive oil. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders 4

Serve with warmed marinara sauce and a big green salad or crudités on the side.

Eat well,


*Note: To make buttermilk – simply put 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice in a measuring cup then fill to 1 cup with milk. Stir with a fork and allow to sit for about 5 minutes before using.


About Gayle McLeod

Gayle McLeod is a mother of two school-aged children, in Vancouver, BC and the owner of The Soup Solution.

Always concerned with the food her family eats, she typically makes meals from scratch, limiting
preservatives and other additives. A few years ago, she was introduced to the products from Serious Soups and had the opportunity to experience them at home. Gayle and her family felt the products were as good as homemade, with real ingredients. She loved the convenience of having the soups on hand in the freezer for healthy school (or work) lunches, not to mention quick delicious dinners for the days there just isn’t time to cook. Inspired by a solid product she was proud to represent, Gayle started The Soup Solution so that other local households could also have the answer to “What’s for Dinner?!”.

The Soup Solution is the only place where people within the Lower Mainland have access to the entire menu of products produced by Serious Soups, delivered directly to their homes.

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Carolyn Bechard

    June 7, 2016 #1 Author

    Well these look delicious!


  • AngelaV

    June 7, 2016 #2 Author

    So yummy Jess! Thanks for sharing.


  • Gayle

    June 7, 2016 #3 Author

    Thrilled you and your family loves these Jessica! Thanks for sharing :)


  • Tairalyn

    June 8, 2016 #4 Author

    Okay now THAT look good! xxoo


  • Mike Gismondi

    November 28, 2016 #5 Author

    These look… okay, I’m just going to have to try them.


  • Glogirl

    December 3, 2016 #6 Author

    Thanks for the recipe! I love chicken tenders/fingers. I’m sure it is much healthier to make your own than to buy a box at the grocery store.


  • Andrea Amy

    March 12, 2017 #7 Author

    These look really good. Different than how I normally make them, these look better! Thanks for the recipe.


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