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Bisquick Chicken Tenders

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Crispy, crunchy, and tender Bisquick chicken tenders are a classic, kid-friendly dinner everyone loves. This Bisquick ultimate chicken fingers recipe takes only 20 minutes from start to finish. Prepare them easily in the oven or air fryer. Serve this oven fried chicken with dipping sauces and your favorite sides for a complete meal. This is a dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

a platter of bisquick chicken tenders with a baking sheet of them in the background
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Classic Bisquick chicken tenders

This chicken fingers recipe is similar to the recipe found years ago on the original Bisquick box. But, these ultimate chicken fingers are even crispier! And, they never fail to take me back to my childhood.

I guarantee Bisquick oven fried chicken will bring out the kid in you, too. And the whole family will love this easy dinner.

Juicy chicken tenders are lightly coated in a blend of Bisquick baking mix, parmesan cheese, and spices. Then, they are oven fried to crunchy perfection.

Dip bisquick ultimate chicken fingers in savory or sweet sauces and pair with nearly any side dish. Our favorite sides are pressure cooked mashed potatoes or rice. Add easy 3 ingredient biscuits or a crispy kale salad with tahini dressing to round out dinner.

You’ll have dinner on the table less than 30 minutes tonight!

Using my special coating blend and method makes these the crispiest oven baked chicken ever. Plus, these Bisquick chicken fingers are a healthier option that’s lower in fat than traditional skillet or deep fried chicken.

So what’s stopping you from making this easy Bisquick chicken nuggets recipe?

Ingredients needed for bisquick Ultimate Chicken fingers recipe

There are 4 ingredients plus common spices you need to make classic Bisquick chicken tenders from scratch. Nothing fancy here!

They are made with fewer ingredients than what you’d find in a bag of frozen nuggets. Plus there’s a LOT more fresh flavor in this homemade chicken.

tray of chicken tender tenderloins, box of original Bisquick, two eggs, a container of grated Parmesan cheeses, and clear bowl of spices

To make the best Bisquick chicken fingers you need:

  • Bisquick mix. You can use gluten-free Bisquick to make GF-friendly Bisquick chicken fingers in the air fryer or oven baked
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Seasonings – garlic salt (or garlic powder + a pinch of salt) and paprika
  • Chicken tenderloins. See recipe notes or FAQs for Bisquick oven or air fried chicken tenders made with chicken breasts
  • Eggs
  • Melted butter

Looking for a keto-friendly or low carb version of chicken tenderloins? Check out these Instant Pot Chicken Tenders or Chicken Piccata recipe.

How to Make the Best Baked Chicken Tenders

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, or preheat your air fryer to 425 degrees.

Prepare the Bisquick chicken nuggets:

  1. First, add the beaten egg to a small, deep tray or plate. In a plastic 1-gallon resealable bag or tray, combine Bisquick mix, parmesan cheese, and spices. Seal and shake to mix.
  2. Dip the chicken tenders into the egg pan, then place into the resealable ziplock bag with coating. Seal the bag and shake so that the chicken fingers get evenly coated in Bisquick mixture.
  3. Then, re-dip the chicken strips in the egg again, and shake them in the Bisquick mixture. This gives you the crispiest coating ever!
  4. Transfer the chicken tenders to a prepared baking dish, cookie sheet, or air fryer basket that’s been lightly sprayed with oil.

Next, drizzle the melted butter over the tenders before baking.

drizzling melted butter over bisquick chicken tenders on a baking tray

Bake chicken in the oven for 14 minutes. Flip tenders halfway through baking.

For an air fryer, cook for 10-12 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking.

a baking sheet of bisquick oven fried chicken ready to go into the oven

Store any leftovers in a resealable plastic food storage (or glass) container. Then, reheat baked chicken in the air fryer or oven on 325 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Suggestions for What to serve with homemade Bisquick chicken nuggets

Enjoy these deliciously, tender chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce. Try them with:

  • Honey mustard
  • Ranch dressing
  • BBQ sauce
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Blue Cheese dressing

Or any other dips or sauces you like!

Frequently asked questions

How do I make gluten free and/or keto friendly Bisquick chicken tenders?

You can use GF Bisquick mix to make this a completely gluten-free recipe. For a keto option, try my Instant Pot Chicken Tenderloins without any breading but lots of flavor.

Can I make this recipe with chicken breasts instead of tenderloins?

Swap the 1 1/2 pounds of chicken tenderloins with 3-4 halved boneless skinless chicken breasts. Cut them crosswise into 1 1/2 inch strips like chicken tenderloins.

How long do homemade chicken fingers keep in the fridge?

This Bisquick oven fried chicken are ideal as leftovers! Transfer cooled nuggets to an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. I recommend reheating them in the oven, toaster oven, or air fryer at 325ºF for 7-10 minutes.

a tray of baked chicken tenderloins ready to serve

Here’s the full recipe to make chicken fingers with Bisquick at home:

a platter of bisquick chicken tenders with a baking sheet of them in the background
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Bisquick Chicken Tenders

Bisquick chicken tenders are a classic, kid-friendly dinner everyone loves. This Bisquick ultimate chicken fingers recipe takes only 20 minutes from start to finish. Prepare them easily in the oven or air fryer.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meals, air fryer, bisquick recipe, Chicken, chicken breasts, chicken dinner, chicken tenderloins, chicken tenders
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 355kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet or sheet pan
  • Plates or dipping trays

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup original Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins (see notes below to substitute with chicken breasts)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

Oven directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.
  • Add beaten egg to a small tray or rimmed plate. Mix Bisquick, cheese, garlic salt and paprika together and add to 1-gallon resealable plastic food-storage bag.
  • Dip the chicken strips into egg; then place in bag of Bisquick mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Then REPEAT the process by dipping chicken into egg and shaking in Bisquick mix again. You don't want to skip this step – it makes the chicken crispy and perfectly breaded. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle butter over chicken.
  • Bake 14 minutes. Using tongs, turn chicken tenders half way through (7 minutes). Use an instant read meat thermometer to check temperature of chicken tenderloins. Poultry should be cooked until the internal temperature is 165ºF. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces like honey mustard or ranch.

Air Fryer directions

  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Preheat air fryer according your manufacturer's directions.
  • Add beaten egg to a small tray or rimmed plate. Mix Bisquick mix, cheese, salt and paprika and add to a 1-gallon resealable plastic food-storage bag.
  • Dip the chicken strips into egg; then place in bag of Bisquick mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Then REPEAT the process by dipping chicken into egg and shaking in Bisquick mix again. You don't want to skip this step – it makes the chicken crispy and perfectly breaded. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle butter over chicken.
  • Air fry at 425ºF for 10-12 minutes. Using tongs, turn chicken tenders half way through (5 – 6 minutes). Use an instant read meat thermometer to check temperature of chicken tenderloins. Poultry should be cooked until the internal temperature is 165ºF. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces like honey mustard or ranch.

Notes

To substitute chicken breasts for chicken tenderloins: use 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch strips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1284mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg

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