Recipe: Easiest Seasoned Chicken Tenders Ever

by Cate on March 13, 2013

Sometimes, with a little extra foresight and planning, I can make a recipe like this and set myself and the kids up for the whole week.

No lie.

Value package of chicken.

Your favorite assorted seasonings.

Twenty minutes.

Lunch and dinners for the week.


Once the chicken is cooked, I store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator and work with it all week.

Shred it and make homemade chicken salad (one of Nick’s favorite lunches). Just add teeny bit of mayo, salt, pepper, and mix.

Slice some bite size pieces and include with steamed vegetables and fresh fruit for an easy dinner (or lunch for the kids, this is one of Madeline’s favorites).

Dice it up and include as a topping for your favorite salad.

Make a quick stir-fry with it, adding some brown rice, roasted vegetables, and a little bit of soy sauce.

Chop up and include in some eay-to-make quesadillas for a busy weeknight meal.

Cut into bite size pieces and add to cooked noodles or rice and broth for a quick chicken noodle soup.

Slice it up and put on hard rolls with sharp Cheddar, avocado, and sliced ripe tomatoes for a delicious sandwich.

I often pop a tray of the tenders into the oven while I’m making something else dinner, since it needs no babysitting.

While the possibilities of what you can do with the cooked chicken tenders are endless, so is the seasoning that you can use on it. I usually break up the tray into three sections and do a few types. Something perhaps more spicy for me. One section with garlic and lemon pepper. One with chopped fresh herbs. Heck, even good old salt and pepper will do here as well.


Easiest Seasoned Chicken Tenders Ever
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

Value package of chicken tenders
non-stick cooking spray
your favorite seasonings (I usually do some with Mrs. Dash, some with Montreal Steak seasonings, and some with a smattering of fresh herbs)

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Lay the chicken tenders in a single layer on the sheet and season with your favorite herbs or seasonings. Bake for about 20 minutes or until done.

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B March 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I do the same — I also sometimes freeze some cooked chicken. Great to throw in soups etc.


Abbey January 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I was looking for a simple baked chicken recipe and this perfectly fit the bill.


Amy May 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

I always wonder how long does cooked chicken last in the fridge? So if you cook the chicken on Sunday what is the last day you eat it?


Cate May 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm

I usually don’t keep leftovers more than 3 days or so. Even less if it’s fish.


Karen August 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

Iwould use by 3 days, but you could store in ziploc bags for each day in freezer.


alma ortiz September 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

This looks delicious. I will try it.


Liz August 31, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Now this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much. Have my tenders and going to heat up that oven right now.


Diane December 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

I love simple recipes like this! Exactly what I was looking for to make for dinner tonight! They are in the oven cooking now, can’t wait to dig in


Amber L July 31, 2020 at 11:32 am

So simple and these turned out great!


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