One of the easiest ways to get kids to eat is to give them pint-sized foods, and that’s why most love chicken tenders. Baked, fried, or sautéed- there’s really no wrong way to make a chicken tender, or as some call them, chicken fingers. Or chicken strips. If you’re tired of relying on your old boring recipes, spice up dinner night with some of these fresh and unique chicken tender recipes that will keep the family happy!



1. Skillet Citrus Chicken Tenders

I love this recipe for several reasons: it’s made in 1 pan, is a quick-cooking meal and it uses fresh citrus. Combine ingredients in a hot skillet and you’ve got not only a refreshing meal thanks to the oranges, but a healthy one too.

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2. Sweet & Spicy Orange Chicken Tenders

You’ve got a little something for everyone with this orange chicken recipe. Crusted chicken tenders are then piled high with a glaze that’s packed with flavor, but not too sweet or spicy either way. Top with some green onions to make it pretty and then chow down!

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3. Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

I know, I know, this is the 3rd recipe in a row involving citrus but COME ON. How delicious does this look! These tenders are crunchy yet moist, and pack a tasty punch. I can see this pairing well with some simple rice and steamed veggies.

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4. Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

You had me at bacon! This surprisingly easy recipe is made by wrapping bacon around a chicken tender and then rolling in a simple, homemade spice blend. Bake and enjoy- it couldn’t get any easier or tastier.

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5. Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

My mouth is literally watering as I look at this Honey Mustard Chicken tender. No joke. All you need to get this recipe in your own belly is some honey mustard, pecans and panko crumbs and you are on your way. Great for a party platter or for dinner- you can’t go wrong with honey mustard! is one of my favorite food websites out there. Check it out- I know you’ll love it too!



6. Sticky Garlic Chicken

If you’ve got an Asian-inspired evening at home, this sticky garlic chicken needs to make the menu. Dipped in buttermilk, then coated with crispy panko crumbs, it’s then baked. Dip in garlicky sauce and bake some more for the ultimate sticky chicken. This would taste great over rice, and served with broccoli.

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7. Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips

Say what? One of your favorite childhood cereals atop chicken tenders? Sign me up! This fried recipe is honestly a little weird, but I can only image the amazing flavor! Coat your tenders and then fry up for finger-lickin’ good chicken. Extra points to the kid who guesses the secret ingredient!

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8. Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders

Looking for a crusted chicken tender, that’s dairy and grain-free? Look no further, this recipe’s got you covered (in coconut)! You’ll need tons of coconut products for this meal, including coconut, coconut milk and coconut flour. Can you see coconut 3x fast? Anyways, this coconut-infused dinner will have you feeling like you’re on a tropical vacation, especially when it comes to the pineapple dipping sauce!

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at HomeLife Media
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the editor of both and I get to share my life with my husband of 12 years and our beautiful, 4-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!