Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Baked chicken tenders coated in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Does your family ever complain when you tell them chicken is for dinner? You can make chicken in so many different ways, but it is so easy to get in a rut. Southwest Baked Chicken is a good way to give your family flavors they love in a super easy chicken dinner.

Which is also why I love this baked chicken tenders recipe. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon and cheese?  Super easy to mix together and bake on a busy night.  Baked chicken tenders of pretty much any kind are always a hit at my house.  Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders are another version my family loves.

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture. Sure to please the entire family!

 

Cheddar and Bacon is a pretty classic combination.  Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip is definitely a favorite snack to serve around here.  Cheddar Bacon Avocado Quesadillas are a common last minute dinner idea.  And these Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins are a popular side dish.  So why not cheddar bacon chicken tenders.

What You’ll Need

  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cooked and Crumbled Bacon
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Panko Breadcumbs

I like the combination of traditional breadcrumbs and panko for chicken tenders. The regular breadcrumbs coat all parts of the pieces of chicken well, and the panko gives it that crunchy texture.

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

How to Make Chicken Tenders

  1. Set up a breading station. 1 bowl with eggs, 1 bowl with flour, and 1 bowl with your coating (breadcrumbs, bacon and cheese). 
  2. Dip each piece of chicken in the flour. Dip into the egg mixture, gently shaking off any excess. Then dredge into the cheese mixture, pressing to firmly coat.
  3. Place the chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet. This make sure the air circulates around the entire piece of chicken and everything gets crispy.  Not just the top.
  4. Bake in a hot oven until cooked through and crispy.

How long to Bake Chicken Tenders

This really depends on the size of your chicken pieces.  I like to buy the chicken tenderloin pieces at the store to make sure all of my pieces are the same size.  If you cut your own, just make sure they are the same thickness.

Bake for 15 minutes and then check your chicken.  There is a good chance it will be done, but if it needs more time check every 2 minutes to make sure your chicken stays nice and  juicy. You want the internal temperature to be 165º F.

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - crispy homeamde chicken tenders coated in bacon and cheddar cheese!

What To Serve With Chicken Tenders

These make a great meal with a couple of side dishes and your favorite dipping sauce!

To Dip

Can I Use The Air Fryer

Absolutely! I have this Air Fryer Chicken Tender Recipes that just has a different coating, but all the tips and tricks for cooking these in the air fryer are there. Follow the time and temperature listed there for tender and juicy chicken every time!

chicken tenders on a white plate

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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - crispy homeamde chicken tenders coated in bacon and cheddar cheese!
4.60 from 5 votes

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

By Erin
Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture. Sure to please the entire family!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders, (or breasts cut into strips)
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on the baking sheet.  Set aside
  • Set up 3 bowls. In on bowl beat the egg. In the 2nd bowl season the flour with salt and pepper. In the 3rd bowl combine both bread crumbs, bacon and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the flour. Dip into the egg mixture, gently shaking off any excess. Dredge into the cheese mixture, pressing to firmly coat.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. If chicken needs more time, check every 2 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1031mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 586
Keyword: baked chicken tenders
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18 Comments

  1. These look like the most flavorful chicken tenders ever! They’re going on my menu for dinner next week!

  2. These tenders…are ah-mazing!!! Bacon and cheddar and chicken all in one bite? Yes please!