These baked chicken tenders are super crispy and healthier than fried! The cayenne pepper gives them just enough spice.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and set on top of a baking sheet.

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  • Pour flour into a wide bowl.

  • Whisk egg whites with water in a separate bowl until foamy.

  • Mix saltine crackers, pecans, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper together in a shallow bowl.

  • Dredge chicken tenders in flour, dip in egg whites, then coat with cracker mixture. Arrange on the wire rack. Spray chicken tenders lightly with cooking spray; flip and spray the second side.

  • Roast in the preheated oven, turning once halfway through, until crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; 12 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium. 20.5 g carbohydrates; 39.7 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2018
I substituted Saltines with Ritz crackers. And would make this again. Flavorful! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2017
These chicken tenders tasted ok. They are definitely healthier than the fried ones or even the baked ones using melted butter olive oil or mayo as part of the breading process. I was hoping to taste the pecans but the taste of the crackers was predominant. Also despite the spices added to the pecans/crackers mix the chicken was still little bland for me. I did cut the cayenne by half because of the kids but the whole amount would have just made the chicken spicier not more flavorful. Last I want to mention that the oven temperature and the baking time were the right combination and the spraying of the chicken with Pam seemed to help the breading stay compact. I will be using this "trick" when ever I bake breaded chicken or fish. If I make this recipe in the future I will season the chicken 1st and use more pecan and less crackers. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2017
These chicken tenders tasted ok. They are definitely healthier than the fried ones or even the baked ones using melted butter olive oil or mayo as part of the breading process. I was hoping to taste the pecans but the taste of the crackers was predominant. Also despite the spices added to the pecans/crackers mix the chicken was still little bland for me. I did cut the cayenne by half because of the kids but the whole amount would have just made the chicken spicier not more flavorful. Last I want to mention that the oven temperature and the baking time were the right combination and the spraying of the chicken with Pam seemed to help the breading stay compact. I will be using this "trick" when ever I bake breaded chicken or fish. If I make this recipe in the future I will season the chicken 1st and use more pecan and less crackers. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2019
I gave it 4 stars because i couldn't rate it 4.5. Will definitely make it again. Next time I will add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the egg whites and use a little less cayenne pepper and saltine crackers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2018
I substituted Saltines with Ritz crackers. And would make this again. Flavorful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2017
My husband and I really liked this new chicken dish. The toasted pecans make for a delicious flavor. We'll have this again and again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2018
I liked it a lot and so did my picky husband. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2019
My family loved it. I used Ritz crackers instead of saltines Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2019
We substituted Ritz crackers for the saltines. It was delicious. Next time I will use more nuts than crackers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2019
Easy relatively healthy and everyone liked them. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2019
I didn't have pecans or paprika I substituted cashews and a vindaloo powder Read More