The Best Everything Chicken Tenders

August 16, 2021

I am a firm believer that Everything But the Bagel Seasoning belongs on… well, everything, and these Everything Chicken Tenders are no different. They’re salty, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, oh, and not to mention, they’re also gluten-free. If you’re craving the delicious, childhood favorite, then look no further because this recipe will change the game!

I’m not going to lie, my chicken tender recipes are some of my favorites. Why is that? Because who doesn’t love chicken tenders! Chicken tenders are such a nostalgic food for me. As a kid, they were my ultimate comfort food, and I still enjoy them to this day. While I used to opt for fast food chicken tenders (I’m looking at you, Chick-Fil-A), these are so much better because they’re healthy, gluten-free, and full of only whole ingredients. There’s nothing fishy here, and that’s what makes them the BEST.

And if I haven’t convinced you that you need to make these yet, what if I told you that they only require four ingredients? Yes, it’s true! Only four ingredients to make these super yummy chicken tenders. Oh, and they’re kid-approved too. You’re welcome.

Grain-Free Chicken Tenders

In addition to being gluten-free, these chicken tenders are also grain-free, thanks to a special secret ingredient: tortilla chips. Instead of traditional breadcrumbs that you would typically find in a chicken tenders recipe, we are using tortilla chips to coat our chicken tenders. My favorite tortilla chips to use are the Siete Grain-Free Tortilla chips because they’re, you guessed it, grain free! But, they’re also totally delicious and add the perfect amount of crunch to these chicken tenders.

What Kind of Chicken Should You Use?

You can use any chicken tenderloins that you like in this recipe, but if you want to know what I use, it’s almost always Belcampo. I love Belcampo meats because they’re humanely-raised, certified organic, and, in my opinion, some of the best quality meat that you can buy. I’ve been a huge fan of Belcampo for years, and I highly recommend their chicken tenderloins for this recipe. Note: you can use code KALEJUNKIE to save 10% off your online orders and have the highest quality meats and poultry delivered right to your house!

What You Need to Make These Everything Chicken Tenders

Like I mentioned, you only need FOUR different ingredients to make this recipe. It truly could not be simpler, or more delicious!

  • Tortilla Chips: As mentioned above, I love using the Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips, but you can use any gluten-free tortilla chips here! I recommend using salted tortilla chips, since we aren’t really adding much extra salt to the recipe, besides what is in the Everything But The Bagel Seasoning!
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning: The Trader Joe’s classic adds the perfect balance of flavors to these chicken strips. Note, you can also find Everything seasoning online, and at Whole Foods
  • Egg: The egg acts as our binder to keep the breading nice and crispy on the chicken.
  • Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Tenderloins: After all, how could we make these chicken tenders without the chicken?! I like using boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins from my favorite, Belcampo.

How to Make These Everything Chicken Tenders

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 400F and lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large ziplock bag, add your crushed tortilla chips and Everything But the Bagel seasoning (note: you can crush your tortilla chips by rolling over the bag with a rolling pin, or by placing them in a food processor).
  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg, then add in your chicken tenderloins to fully coat them.
  4. Place your chicken tenders in the ziplock bag and toss/shake to coat well.
  5. Line them on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
  6. Serve with a side of ketchup, and enjoy!

Serving Recommendations

I recommend serving these Everything Chicken Tenders with your favorite dip, such as ketchup, ranch, BBQ sauce, or honey mustard!

And if you want a twist on the classic “chicken and fries” experience, try serving them alongside The Best Garlic Smashed Potatoes. It’s the nostalgia we all need during these times!

Other Chicken Tender Recipes You’ll Love!

And if you loved this recipe, then here are some other chicken tender recipes you’ll enjoy just as much!

Tomato Basil Cashew Chicken Tenders

Cashew Crusted Chicken Tenders

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Strips

Chicken Obsessed?

If you are chicken obsessed (I am because I love foods with lots of protein), then you need to check out my Top 8 Family-Friendly Chicken Recipes. There is something in there for everyone, I promise!

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a comment/rating below. And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations, so I can see them and repost on my IG stories! Enjoy! xx

Everything Chicken Tenders

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
SERVES 4
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I am a firm believer that Everything But the Bagel Seasoning belongs on... well, everything, and these Everything Chicken Tenders are no different. They're salty, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, oh, and not to mention, they're also gluten-free. If you're craving the delicious, childhood favorite, then look no further because this recipe will change the game!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Gluten-Free Tortilla Chips Finely Crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/4 Pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins

Instructions

  • Start by preheating the oven to 400F and lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • In a large ziplock bag, add your crushed tortilla chips and Everything But the Bagel seasoning (note: you can crush your tortilla chips by rolling over the bag with a rolling pin, or by placing them in a food processor).
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg, then add in your chicken tenderloins to fully coat them.
  • Place your chicken tenders in the ziplock bag and toss/shake to coat well.
  • Line them on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • Serve with a side of ketchup, and enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make and they were delicious. There isn’t a recipe of yours that I’ve tried and haven’t loved, Thank you!