Bacon and Cheddar Breaded Chicken Tenders (Five Ingredient Friday)

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Bacon and Cheddar Breaded Chicken Tenders

This week’s Five Ingredient Friday could not be simpler, or more delicious: Chicken Tenders breaded with panko, bacon and cheddar. Bacon and Cheddar Breaded Chicken Tenders will surely become a staple in your menu rotation.  

Honestly, these chicken tenders that are baked to golden-brown-crispy-goodness are to die for good. And they are simple, simple to prepare! They certainly make the statement, “Everything is better with bacon,” complete and true fact.

In about 3o minutes, you can transform bland and boring chicken tenders into these beautiful, tasty morsels. While you can certainly use pre-cooked bacon for ease and speed, I took four slices of thick-cut bacon, diced it and crisped it in a skillet. The crispy bacon pieces, along with grated cheddar cheese and panko crumbs (a Japanese style of bread crumbs that retain a crispy texture – they can be found in most grocery stores in the International Foods aisle), are put into a ziplock bag. Then, all you do is dunk the chicken tenders in a beaten egg and toss them in the coating in the bag.*

In just 15-25 minutes in the oven on a baking sheet (depending on the size of your tenders), you have dinner ready. A quick tossed salad on the side and you’re ready to sit down to a meal.

The tenders have only five ingredients and they are:

        • Egg
        • Panko crumbs
        • Bacon bits
        • Cheddar cheese
        • Chicken tenders

I served ours with a side of homemade buttermilk Ranch dressing, but I’m betting honey mustard would be delicious too. Heck, they are great without anything on them. You really need to give this chicken tender recipe a try.


p.s.: If you are unable to find Panko crumbs in your local grocery, here is a link a method for making them at home.

p.p.s.: Note: A trick to making them pretty is to take some of the bacon cheese crumbs from the bag and press them onto the top of the chicken once they are placed on the baking sheet. The cheese will melt and “glue” the bacon bits down so they are stable when you turn the chicken.

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Bacon and Cheddar Breaded Chicken Tenders (Five Ingredient Friday)
A quick, simple variation on chicken tenders, breaded with panko, bacon and cheddar cheese and baked to crispy goodness, they are a great addition to a weeknight menu rotation. These would also make excellent appetizers by cutting the tenders into bite-sized pieces prior to breading (the cooking time would alter slightly, though).
Recipe type: Entree
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup bacon bits
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1½ pounds chicken tenders, uncooked, not breaded
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray (or lightly oil)
  3. In a shallow bowl, beat the egg.
  4. Measure the panko, bacon bits and cheese and place in a ziplock bag.
  5. Seal the bag and shake to mix the ingredients.
  6. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg, then toss in the bag of breading mixture.
  7. Remove the chicken and place on the baking sheet.
  8. Once all the pieces are coated and on the baking sheet, place the sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 15-25 minutes (depending on the size of your tenders), turn them once during the cook time and continue to bake until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the coating is golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and serve hot.
After you have coated all of the chicken, take the remaining bits in the bag and press onto the chicken on the pan (waste not, want not, right?).


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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9 Responses to Bacon and Cheddar Breaded Chicken Tenders (Five Ingredient Friday)

  1. Holy smokes, P! Panko, bacon, AND cheese coated chicken?! Yes, please!

  2. Wow, these look great, P! 🙂 When I told Jeremy about them he was like “ohhhhhh” 🙂 As soon as I get my hands on some chicken, we’re making these!

  3. Janine Briggs says:

    Well I made these on Thursday for dinner (8/15) and my husband Fred said “Well Little River Outfitters never let me down so we will see…”.
    The end result was that these chicken tenders were “awesome”! “Oh my these are very very good”. We had leftovers and had them tonite in a sandwich with honey mustard sauce that I made from scratch. Fred enjoyed the sandwiches just as much!

    thank you for sharing your recipes….. it makes wondering what to have for dinner that much easier….

    • P~ says:

      Janine…you have no idea how happy that makes me! Thank you so, so much for commenting to let me know you tried and liked them! I really appreciate that!! You made my night. P~

  4. Sarah says:

    This will be dinner tonight! Yayayay 🙂 …..will be making extra just for left overs.

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