Tortilla Encrusted Chicken Tenders

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These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa. An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults!

These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa! An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults.Tortilla Encrusted Chicken Tenders

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I tested these a few weeks ago and got the thumbs up from my family. They are easy to make, and take less than 30 minutes – perfect for weeknight cooking! I crushed the tortillas in a ziplock bag and left it a little course for texture. The squeeze of lime on top and salsa for dipping, adds a fun Mexican-American twist to chicken tenders.

These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa! An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults.

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These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa! An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults.
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Tortilla Encrusted Chicken Tenders

331 Cals 34 Protein 22 Carbs 11 Fats
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa. An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ pound 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or GF AP flour*
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 oz  crushed tortilla chips*
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup jarred salsa, for dipping

Instructions

  • *Check labels for gluten-free.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Season chicken tenders with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place flour on a shallow plate and egg in a medium bowl.  Place tortilla chips, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, cumin, and pepper on another shallow plate.  Dredge each tender lightly in flour, then egg (shaking off excess), then chip mixture.  Lightly spray sheet pan with olive oil, place tenders on pan and spray the top with olive oil. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  • To serve: Place 2 tenders on each plate, sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with 1 lime wedge and salsa for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tenders, 2 tbsp salsa, Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 137mg, Sodium: 695mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 2g
WW Points Plus: 7
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These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa! An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults. These baked chicken tenders are coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, baked until golden and served with salsa! An easy, weeknight chicken dish, great for the kids, or even adults.

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83 comments

  1. Excellent

  2. These were delicious and the best part for me was how easy they were to cook!
    I paired them with sweet potato fries and baked asparagus. My husband was very impressed.

  3. Work with whole chicken breast?

  4. Can you cook these in the air fryer?

  5. Hi Gina, I made these and froze them. Would I cook these from frozen or would I thaw them in the fridge first? If I cook them from frozen, how long and would it still be at 400f? 
    I used salsa flavored SunChips instead of tortilla chips as that is what I had. 

  6. What a great recipe. I used tortillas that has a hint of lime and I thought it made it even more delicious.

  7. Made these last night. Was a big hit! My grown son said I should make this more often and my husband said more than once this dish was delicious! Home Run!!

  8. I made these for supper. They were really good.

  9. This recipe was so good!!! I loved the addition of the cumin as it totally enhanced the taste! The tortilla chips added a nice salt and crunch. Definitely recommend for a healthier chicken tender recipe. 

  10. Hi, Can I prepare in advance and leave in the fridge or will the tortilla crumbs become soggy?

  11. where did u come up with freestyle points number? this is not accurate

  12. I made a big batch of these yesterday, they are so good! I replaced the egg by egg white and it worked perfectly. My husband said that it was the best homemade chicken nuggets he ever had! 
    Thank you for all the good recipes! 

  13. These are so good!!! My 2 boys and hubby liked them.  Made some honey mustard dressing, and leftovers over salad with some black beans.   I have started weight watcher and love your recipes (bagels are awesome)

  14. Very easy and delicious! We served it with the black bean and corn southwestern salad.