Parmesan Ranch Baked Chicken Tenders

5 from 7 votes

Sharing some favorite baked chicken tenders today! These are also low carb and keto chicken tenders. No flour or breadcrumbs.

Baked Chicken Tenders

If you’re looking for a healthier chicken tender that’s not fried, I’ve got just the recipe for you! These tenders are packed with flavor, tender and got rave reviews with my family and friends!

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ingredients for baked chicken tenders

What You’ll Need

  • chicken tenderloins– Find chicken tenderloins in the meat department near the chicken breasts.
  • salted butter, melted– I generally use salted butter in my recipes. Unsalted is fine too.
  • grated Parmesan Cheese, I used Kraft– Find the Kraft grated Parmesan Cheese near the pasta sauce and pasta. The Parmesan Cheese gives the tenders their good flavor along with the Ranch seasoning.
  • Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix– This mix gives the chicken tenders their good flavor. Find the Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix near the salad dressing. It comes in either a 4 pack in a box, or single packets.
  • dried parsley– Dried parsley can be found near the other spices and seasonings. Usually near the baking isle.

What Is Keto Chicken?

Chicken by itself is generally too lean to be considered keto, but with added fats and vegetables you can create keto chicken. I prepared my chicken with Parmesan Cheese and seasonings rather than the traditional flour and bread crumbs. While you have less “breading” than your usual chicken tenders, these Parmesan Ranch chicken tenders are full of amazing flavor, you don’t even know they’re low carb.

What Is A Keto Diet in a Nutshell?

The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread. When starting any new diet plan, always consult with your doctor first.

mixing ranch seasoning and parmesan cheese for keto chicken

How To Make Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Place Parmesan, Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix and 1 tablespoon of dried parsley leaves onto a large plate or shallow dish. Use a fork to mix ingredients well. Use another fork to dip both sides of the chicken tender in melted butter then both sides into Parmesan mixture, making sure all sides are coated well. Transfer Parmesan coated chicken tenders to foil lined baking sheet, placing 1/2 inch apart from each other. Once all chicken has been coated and placed onto baking sheet, bake for 23-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. then turn on oven’s broiler and carefully watch to cook tops of chicken until browned. Each oven will be different, mine took about 3 minutes. I didn’t leave the oven, just watched through the window. Once the Parmesan browns, it goes very fast, so watch carefully. Remove tenders from oven and let cool for a couple minutes before serving. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

parsley added to coating of keto chicken

I love the simplicity of the chicken tender crust, Parmesan Cheese, Ranch Dressing Seasoning and Parsley. No fuss!

dipping tenderloins in butter of keto chicken

Use a fork to dip each chicken tenderloin in melted butter. Both sides.

chicken tenders with coating

Transfer dipped chicken tenderloins into Parmesan mixture, pressing into both sides of chicken.

chicken tenders on baking sheet

Once coated, transfer to prepared baking sheet lined with tin foil.

chicken tenders on baking sheet

Since the tenderloins are dipped with butter, I didn’t spray the foil with cooking spray. Bake for 22-25 minutes at 350 degrees F. then turn on oven’s broiler to crisp/brown Parmesan Cheese. Watch closely, as the browning goes quick once it starts.

finished baked chicken tenders on serving plate

Transfer chicken tenders to a serving plate and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

homemade chicken tenders on serving plate

The golden Parmesan Cheese is so flavorful! These chicken tenders are such a treat.

Tips On Getting That Golden Crust

When you look at the chicken baked for 22-25 minutes, you are going to think, what did I do wrong? Not to worry, once you turn on the oven’s broiler, you’ll see the magic happen before your eyes. Once the broiler is on, watch carefully. You’ll see the Parmesan bubbly and then all of the sudden it turns that beautiful golden brown. Remove once you are satisfied with the color. Mine took about 2-3 minutes. Each oven will be different.

baked chicken tenders on serving plate

How To Serve Baked Chicken Tenders

Serve for any occasion with your favorite dipping sauces such as Ranch Dressing, mustard, ketchup, and even spicy mayonnaise. You can even use the chicken tenders to go in pasta sauce.

How To Store Leftover Baked Chicken Tenders

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Re-heat in microwave or oven as needed

keto chicken
5 from 7 votes

Parmesan Ranch Baked Chicken Tenders

These Parmesan Ranch Baked Chicken Tenders, have no flour or breadcrumbs, they're low carb, keto friendly and have everyone talking about how delicious they are! A must make!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • tin foil
  • Oven
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoons
  • fork

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1.0 ounce packet Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley leaves divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with tin foil.
  • Place Parmesan, Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix and 1 tablespoon of dried parsley leaves onto a large plate or shallow dish. Use a fork to mix ingredients well. Use another fork to dip both sides of the chicken tender in melted butter then both sides into Parmesan mixture, making sure all sides are coated well. Transfer Parmesan coated chicken tenders to foil lined baking sheet, placing 1/2 inch apart from each other. Once all chicken has been coated and placed onto baking sheet, bake for 23-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. then turn on oven's broiler and carefully watch to cook tops of chicken until browned. Each oven will be different, mine took about 3 minutes. I didn't leave the oven, just watched through the window. Once the Parmesan browns, it goes very fast, so watch carefully. Remove tenders from oven and let cool for a couple minutes before serving. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

Nut free, keto friendly, low carb, oven baked chicken tenders!

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: baked chicken tenders, chicken tenders, keto chicken, keto chicken tenders, low carb

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29 Responses
  1. Lindsay Nash

    I think the instructions in your recipe need to be updated! In the narrative it says 23-25 minutes but in the instructions it says 23-35 minutes!

  2. Andrea

    5 stars
    They were delish, however they weren’t too easy to get off the baking sheet, next time I will use non-stick foil hope it helps……thanks

  3. Andrea

    Your directions say 2 tablespoons of dried parsley flakes divided, one tablespoon goes in the dredgeing, where does the other tablespoon of dried parsley go thanks

  4. Mary Gorman

    Was so excited to try these and they never browned! I even put them in the toaster oven on broil! I haven’t tasted them yet but I’m so disappointed!

      1. Becky

        So delicious and juicy!! Did everything according to recipe. I used breasts instead of tenders though and baked for 30 min. Amazing! We could cut it with a fork!

  5. Tresa Matheny

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night with roasted veggies. It was a big hit with the family! They want it again tonight! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lisa

    In the beginning text you say “bake for 23-35 minutes”. Later down you say “bake for 22-25 minutes”??? Which is correct, thanks. I don’t want to overbake.

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