Freezer Chicken Tenders

Freezer Chicken Tenders that you can cook from frozen.

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These Freezer Chicken Tenders are perfect for meal prep. Make several batches ahead of time and stick them in the freezer. On a busy night, just pull them out, bake from frozen and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (i use whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, optional
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp flour


  1. Place the flour on a small plate, the breadcrumbs and seasonings on another and the egg in a bowl (poke the yolk and stir it around until mixed).
  2. Dredge each chicken tender in flour, then dip in the egg and then coat with breadcrumbs.
  3. Line the tenders up on a plate or pan and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove from pan and place in a large ziploc bag. Remove as much air as possible and store in the freezer.
  5. When ready to eat, place a cooling rack on a large baking sheet and place tenders on the rack (or just place on a greased or foil-lined cookie sheet)
  6. Bake from frozen at 375 degrees for approximately 25 minutes or until tenders reach 165 degrees F.


To make these gluten-free, toss in gluten-free cornstarch and roll in crushed Rice Chex!

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and measurements don’t have to be exact.

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