Craving chicken tenders?  Try this oven baked panko chicken nuggets recipe for a twist on one of my all time favorite meals.  The secret to getting these nuggets crispy?  I use panko as my breading because it’s healthier than traditional breadcrumbs and you can oven bake or cook them in the air fryer instead of frying.  They are so easy to make and will be on the table in 30 minutes. They are delicious served with my homemade bbq sauce and a side of fries.

Oven Baked Crispy Panko Chicken Tenders

Oven Baked Crispy Panko Chicken Tenders

Panko Chicken Tenders {Air-fryer or oven baked}

Dash of Herbs
Easy to make and delicious with no frying involved.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 294 kcal


  • 4 garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme minced
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 Tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/8 cup honey mustard
  • 1/3 cup red wine Pinot Nior
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts or thighs cut in small pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a food processor, add the panko, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, thyme, pinches of salt and pepper and the butter. Place the mixture on a plate.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey mustard and red wine. Place on another plate.  Dip the chicken pieces in the honey mustard-wine mixture and then in the panko mixture. Turn to coat completely.
  • Oven Baked – Cook for 20 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Air Fryer – These should cook in around 15 minutes, check before eating


To make the accompanying bbq sauce, find the recipe here.


Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 15.5gProtein: 26.5gFat: 13.1gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 76.3mgSodium: 174.2mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 1g
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  1. They have such a great crunch and it’s wonderful. Totally agree that it’s the best part of the chicken nuggets. Let me know how they are and how Toddles likes them!

  2. These look like they have a delicious crust to them…that’s the best part of chicken nuggets! I’ll definitely be making these for the fam.

  3. Thanks Anne! They are SO good and well worth the SmartPoints values. I love how these are a great substitute for the Chick-fil-A tenders.

  4. Can not wait to try these…my daughters will love them (as will I!).

  5. Thanks Jae! I am all for anything chicken or baking too. I hope you try out this recipe and let me know your thoughts. I’m always looking for honest feedback.

  6. It really is such a mental game. Trying to avoid certain places at the office is so hard! I loved this recipe though. It was so good and perfect for a quick dinner idea.

  7. Thank you! These are delicious and the perfect alternative to fried chicken tenders. And it totally is a mental game. I hate that it’s even a game, but I really do believe that it is – and it’s one that you just have to have the willpower to overcome. I walked away from cake today at work…that’s a huge win for me!

  8. I just pinned this! Anything that involves chicken and baking, I’m all for it! I hope to recreate this recipe soon! Thank you for sharing, Kristyn!

  9. So damn true about the mental game. I just covered my eyes while passing the vending machine and just filled my water. These sound great, and that dipping sauce sounds so different and good!

  10. OH MY WORD…yes yes yes, these sound so good. You are SO very right about it being a mental game. It’s totally that for me, and a scheduling one too. Love this recipe!

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