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Baked bbq chicken tenders in blue bowl with parsley.

Baked BBQ Chicken Tenders

  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


You're going to love this easy recipe for Baked BBQ Chicken Tenders! Boneless, skinless chicken breast are breaded and baked, then smothered in delicious apple butter barbecue sauce.


4 (approximately 2 lbs.)boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into strips

1 and 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

1 cup barbecue sauce

1 cup apple butter

Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place a baking rack in the bottom of a baking sheet or lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil. This will stop the chicken from sticking.
  3. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine. 
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together apple butter and barbecue sauce.
  5. Place all-purpose flour in a small bowl. 
  6. Working with one strip at a time, place chicken strip in flour and coat completely. You can do this by hand or use a spoon to toss the flour onto the chicken.
  7. Next, dip the floured chicken into the egg wash followed by the parmesan breadcrumb mixture. 
  8. Place on baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, turning over once halfway through.
  9. Transfer the chicken strips to a large bowl. Pour over the barbecue sauce mixture.
  10. Gently toss the chicken strips in the sauce until they are completely coated with sauce. 
  11. Transfer chicken back to baking sheet and brush with remaining sauce. 
  12. Cook for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (sauce will thicken on the chicken).
  13. Remove from oven and check to ensure that chicken is completely cooked and no longer pink inside. 
  14. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!


  1. Storage - store leftover chicken tenders in a covered container in refrigerator for up to two days.
  2. If you don't have apple butter, you can substitute it for additional barbecue sauce.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinnner
  • Method: Oven baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving (approximately 5 to 6 chicken tenders)
  • Calories: 581
  • Sugar: 36.9 g
  • Sodium: 770.8 mg
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 78.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 44.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 146.1 mg

Keywords: chicken tenders, easy dinner recipe