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
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Directions

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  • 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; protein 39.7g; carbohydrates 20.5g; fat 12g; cholesterol 96.9mg; sodium 572.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive 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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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
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
(6)
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
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
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2021
This was an excellent recipe!! They turned out great! New family favorite!! 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
07/21/2020
Always use disposable gloves when breading any meat, it does not stick to your gloves?!have made this recipe several times and I have made some changes. I use mayonnaise instead of eggs and flour to make the breading stick. I rub it with mayonnaise and then pat it down into the dry mixture. I don’t use saltine crackers, i use Italian bread crumbs. it also helps to use disposable gloves to handle the chicken I’ll rub it with mayonnaise and then pat it down in the bread and pecans mixture. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2019
Easy relatively healthy and everyone liked them. Read More