How Long to Cook Chicken Tenders in Oven


How long do chicken tenders have to cook in the oven? It depends. We’re going to walk you through the steps so that you can get your dinner on the table in no time at all!

Step 1: Preheat oven

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Place a baking sheet in the oven and let it preheat as well.

When both are at their ideal temperatures, remove the baking sheet from its place in the oven and spread out your chicken tenders on it. Then pop everything back into the over until they’re cooked through (about 15 minutes).

Step 2: Prepare chicken tenders


  • Wash and pat dry the chicken tenders.
  • Cut into smaller pieces if necessary to make them more uniform in size, and season with salt, pepper or other spices (such as paprika).

Step 3: Cook chicken tenders in oven

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the chicken tenders on a baking sheet, and cook for 15 minutes or until they are done. The cooking time will vary depending on how thick your tenders are, so check them after 10 minutes and then every couple of minutes until they’re done to your liking. When you remove them from the oven, let them rest for about 5 minutes before serving (this will help keep them from being too dry).

How long to cook chicken tenders?

You can cook chicken tenders in the oven for anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of your tenders. If you’re using large ones, 15 minutes should be enough time for them to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 C). Smaller pieces will take less time–around 12 or 13 minutes at 350 F (177 C).

The thickness of your chicken tenders also affects how long they need to cook before they are done: thinner pieces will finish sooner than thicker ones because they require less heat exposure during their cooking process and therefore don’t need as much time to reach an internal temperature high enough for safety purposes.

Finally, there’s another factor that affects how long it takes for your chicken tender recipe: whether or not you want breaded or unbreaded versions! Breaded versions take longer because there are extra layers between meat and crust which require more energy input from both sides before reaching optimum temperatures inside each piece; unbreaded tenders only use one side so there’s less work involved getting everything cooked evenly throughout each piece–and thusly less time required overall when compared with its breaded counterpart


That’s it! You can now cook chicken tenders in the oven. You will be surprised at how easy it is to prepare this dish and how delicious it tastes. If you want to make your meal even healthier, try adding some vegetables like broccoli or carrots into the mix before baking them in the oven for around 20 minutes (depending on size).

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