Rating: 4.68 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Using only four ingredients and a few minutes of your time, these homemade chicken tenders are perfect for those busy weeknights. Basil, along with other ingredients in pesto, has many health benefits, and these are baked instead of fried, making them an overall healthier choice.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Whisk pesto and mayonnaise together in a bowl. Dredge both sides of each chicken tender in the pesto mixture and coat with bread crumbs. Arrange tenders on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn chicken pieces and continue baking until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 15 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 30.4g; carbohydrates 20g; fat 12.5g; cholesterol 74.2mg; sodium 300.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2019
Since I did not have chicken tenders, I used boneless chicken breasts and pounded them thinner. It was absolutely delicious and I'm sure I will be making it again. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2019
Since I did not have chicken tenders, I used boneless chicken breasts and pounded them thinner. It was absolutely delicious and I'm sure I will be making it again. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2021
Easy and delicious. Keep the pesto layer light, so that panko has a chance to brown. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2021
We love chicken tenders and this was delicious as well as super easy, a rack to bake them on is an essential for this to turn out, otherwise one side is soggy! Add bacon bits to the bread crumbs for extra zing...omg Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2019
Excellent !!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2021
I love how simple this recipe was to pull off, especially if you can find pre-butchered chicken tenders like I found at Aldi. The 1 to 3 ratio of pesto to mayo is super easy to remember and easy to scale up or down. Then breadcrumbs and bake for 15 minutes? Perfect for a back pocket dish! I made a few tweaks to the recipe: I used whole wheat panko for the bread crumbs to add a bit more nutrition, and I seasoned the breadcrumbs to ensure they weren't bland. I used about a teaspoon of Johnny's Garlic Seasoning and spread to accent the flavors of the pesto with more garlic and parm, but you could easily use garlic powder and salt instead. I also wanted to make this a healthier dinner, so I roasted some haricots verts (French green beans) and cherry tomatoes with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper at the same time. After the chicken was cooked through, I placed the veggies under the broiler for 3 extra minutes to get a bit more color and they were perfect! I definitely recommend lining your sheet pans with parchment paper for super fast clean-up. If you do, this is a recipe I would definitely classify as a "Weeknight Wonder!" It was on the table in 25 minutes flat, was loaded with veggies and lean protein and cleanup took just a few minutes. HOORAY! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2021
This is an easy enough recipe, EXCEPT: The recipe correctly states to cook at 400 degrees until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Use caution if following the video only-- it just says to cook at 165 degrees for 30 minutes; this could potentially result in raw meat that would pose a health hazard. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/15/2021
It was just okay. Won’t make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2021
Fantastic! This was so easy to make and tasted fabulous! Only change I made was I used Chicken breasts instead of tenders. Turned out crispy and tasty! Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2021
A delicious and interesting new chicken recipe! While admittedly not the healthiest recipe that one could find out there, it makes a great comfort-food meal for those nights when you don't really feel like cooking intricate meals. So simple to make with just a few ingredients. I opted to use chicken breast instead of chicken strips and I don't feel the taste was affected at all by my choice. When you get a bite with extra pesto and breading; it's absolutely heavenly! Would make again on an occassional basis-only because I'm on a health food kick currently. Read More