Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders

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Perfectly cooked and full of flavor, these Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders are an easy lunch or dinner you’ll love! They are crispy, delicious, and cook up in just minutes in a skillet.

fork holding Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tender

Pan Fried Chicken Tenders With Seasoned Breadcrumbs

This classic method of pan frying chicken tenders is a winner! With a little bit of cooking oil and seasoned breadcrumbs, these chicken tenders cook up with a great crunch that the whole family will enjoy. And it’s so easy! Just toss in breadcrumbs and seasoning of your choice, then pan fry until golden brown.

breaded chicken tenders in a skillet

Everyone loves these breaded chicken tenders with a variety of dips. Try classics like BBQ, honey mustard, and ketchup. Or switch things up a bit if you have adventurous eaters! Try buffalo sauce, chipotle crema, spicy mustard, or green pepper sauce… just to name a few. You can really enjoy a bunch of different flavors with these crispy chicken tenders.

Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders on a plate

Looking for more chicken recipes that you can pan fry? Check out Pan Fried Chicken Drumsticks, Pan Fried Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (Easy and Simple!), and Easy Crispy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breast Recipe (Best Ever!).

fork with one Pan Fried, Seasoned, Breaded Chicken Tender

How To Make Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders

First let’s prep the pan. Add cooking oil and turn the heat to high. When the oil starts sizzling, you’ll know it’s ready for cooking.

Meanwhile, it’s time to bread the chicken. Break one egg into a bowl (large enough to fit a chicken tender) and whisk it up.

Pour seasoned breadcrumbs into a similarly-sized bowl. Dip chicken tenders (both sides) into egg and then the breadcrumbs. Finally, add the breaded tender to the skillet. Repeat with all pieces of chicken.

spatula flipping Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tender

Now it’s time to add the salt and pepper. Sprinkle both on the chicken tenders. (You’ll get the other side in a minute.)

Reduce heat to medium high and cook for 5 minutes. Next, flip the chicken tenders. Season them again. If necessary, turn the heat down to low.

Cook for another 5 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers at 165 at the thickest point of the tenders.

Once the chicken is done cooking, turn off the heat and use a spatula to move tenders to a serving plate.

fork holding piece of flavorful Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tender

Cooking Tips

  • This recipe uses 1 Tablespoon of oil, but you can add as much as you like
  • Be sure to add the chicken tenders to the skillet in a single layer for best cooking
  • If, at any point, the chicken starts browning too quickly (before it’s cooked through), just reduce the heat to medium or even low

spatula holding piece of pan fried chicken tender

What To Serve With Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders

We love classic cookout sides with this dish, like Air Fryer Frozen Mac And Cheese, Roasted Red Potatoes In Air Fryer, and Air Fryer Cornbread Muffins From Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.

And for dessert? How about an easy, no-bake treat, like Oreo Truffles – Easy No-Bake Oreo Balls Recipe, Microwave Rice Krispie Treats, or Keto Peanut Butter Cups Recipe.

breaded chicken tenders pan frying in a skillet

More Delicious Chicken Dishes To Try

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Baked Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings In Air Fryer

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Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders

Perfectly cooked and full of flavor, these Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders are an easy lunch or dinner you'll love! They are crispy, delicious, and cook up in just minutes in a skillet.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Chicken
Keyword: Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders
Cooking Method: sauteed
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 219kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 4 chicken tenders
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • First let's prep the pan. Add cooking oil and turn the heat to high. When the oil starts sizzling, you'll know it's ready for cooking.
  • Meanwhile, it's time to bread the chicken. Break one egg into a bowl (large enough to fit a chicken tender) and whisk it up.
  • Pour seasoned breadcrumbs into a similarly-sized bowl. Dip chicken tenders (both sides) into egg and then the breadcrumbs. Finally, add the breaded tender to the skillet. Repeat with all pieces of chicken.
  • Now it's time to add the salt and pepper. Sprinkle both on the chicken tenders. (You'll get the other side in a minute.)
  • Reduce heat to medium high and cook for 5 minutes. Next, flip the chicken tenders. Season them again. If necessary, turn the heat down to low.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers at 165 at the thickest point of the tenders.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, turn off the heat and use a spatula to move tenders to a serving plate.

Notes

  • This recipe uses 1 Tablespoon of oil, but you can add as much as you like
  • Be sure to add the chicken tenders to the skillet in a single layer for best cooking
  • If, at any point, the chicken starts browning too quickly (before it's cooked through), just reduce the heat to medium or even low
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg
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