20 Best Chicken Tenderloin Recipes

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Are you searching for the best chicken tenderloins to make for dinner? Then, you’re in the right place. These 23 chicken tenders recipes are the best if you’re looking for easy and super easy delicious recipes.

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What Is Chicken Tenderloin

The chicken tenderloin is a piece of meat obtained from the breast of a bird. It is, in reality, a distinct portion of the chicken breast that can only be seen after the bone is separated from the chicken breast. The tenderloin is a small muscle that runs between the breastbone and the top region of the breast.

How To Obtain Chicken Tenderloin From Breast

The tenderloin is found on the underside of a chicken breast, and you must first separate the breasts from cooking it. Cutting along each side of the bone with a sharp knife until it’s removed from both sides is the best method. Next, reach under the skin at either end of one breast and gently take grip once these bones have been sliced away. Slide your palm around as close to where the meat meets the cartilage as feasible before drawing outwards towards yourself. If necessary, repeat on the other side. Finally, slice away any leftover fat that can be seen beneath the outer layer of muscle tissue, and that’s it!

How To Prepare Chicken Tenderloin

You don’t have to be a professional cook to prepare chicken meat properly. It is delicious no matter how you prepare it: in a crispy oven-baked crust, in the form of a schnitzel, with mushrooms, with basil in tomato sauce, with gorgonzola sauce, or with baked pumpkin. Whatever you choose to cook, the chicken muscle is tasty, full of nutrients, and easy to cook.

Chicken Meat Vs. Turkey Meat

If you are wondering what’s the difference between chicken and turkey meat, here is everything you need to know:

  • Whether boiled or fried, Turkey breast has almost half the calories of chicken.
  • Chicken meat is richer in fat and calories and has a higher protein level, as long as only meat is consumed. Of course, this also depends on how you prepare it.
  • Complete proteins can be found in turkey and chicken. Turkey has somewhat more protein than chicken; however, the amount of protein in each cut of meat varies.

The differences between the two types of white meat are not so significant to impact a person’s diet because white meat is only part of the total caloric intake.

What To Eat With Chicken Tenderloin

No matter how you choose to cook this chicken tenderloin, you can pair it with your favorite side dish. Here are some great ideas:

Keto Parmesan Chicken Tenders

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Golden, crispy and very flavorful, grated Parmesan cheese makes an especially flavorful crust for these delicious keto chicken tenders.
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Juicy Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders are wonderfully juicy, coated with a delicious chicken seasoning, and cooked to perfection. It's super simple, quick, and incredibly delicious! This is great for anyone on a keto, low-carb, or paleo diet.
These Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders are wonderfully juicy, coated with a delicious chicken seasoning, and cooked to perfection. It's super simple, quick, and incredibly delicious!
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Keto Chicken Fingers with Bang Bang Sauce

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Our Keto Chicken Fingers with Bang Bang Sauce are crunchy, tender, juicy, spicy, a little sweet, and overall delicious. Honestly, they are just so, so good and ready to serve in 30 minutes!
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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

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These easy oven-baked chicken tenders are just as good as fried without using tons of oil. Enjoy crispy, golden and juicy low carb chicken tenders that are ready in under 30 minutes.
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Keto Chicken and Broccoli Skillet

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This easy Keto Chicken and Broccoli skillet recipe was a winner in my house. All the kids had seconds or thirds. And it is made in one pan and ready in thirty minutes.
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Chicken Tenders (Lemon Garlic Butter)

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This Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders recipe is one of the best ways to make chicken strips at home. Flavorful and versatile chicken tenders cook fast and are ready to serve in just 15 minutes!
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Crunchy Keto Chicken Tenders

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Calling all crunch-a-holics, these Keto Chicken Tenders are super easy to make and totally delicious! They are coated with crushed pork rinds for the ultimate crunch package. Paired with an addicting honey mustard, these Keto Chicken Strips are a recipe the whole family will love!
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Instant Pot Chicken Tenders

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You can prep this easy chicken entree in as little as 2 minutes and they cook fast too, so it's a great weeknight meal option. Instant Pot Chicken Tenderloins are naturally gluten-free, grain-free, low carb, and keto-friendly too. 
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Keto Blackened Chicken Tenders & Spicy Ranch Sauce

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Have you ever tried the blackened chicken tenders from Popeyes? I used to get them often when I lived in California. They are low carb and super tasty, but I’m not sure how clean the ingredients are. I no longer live close to a Popeyes and decided I wanted to make my own version of the tenders.
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Skillet Chicken Tenders

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These Skillet Chicken Tenders are incredibly easy to make and come together in 30 minutes! Chicken Tenders in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce is a gluten-free, low carb and keto weeknight dinner!
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Grilled Keto Chicken Tenders

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Keto grilled chicken tenders are popular among all ages and picky eaters. Low-carb grilled chicken tenders will make a great addition to your lunch plate as it follows an easy keto chicken recipe and takes less than 15 minutes to make.
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Creamy Chicken Lazone Recipe with Zucchini Noodles

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This easy Chicken Lazone recipe is the low carb chicken dinner of your dreams! Pan-fried, juicy, and deliciously seasoned chicken tenders served with zucchini noodles tossed in the most amazing cream sauce. 
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Crispy Sesame Chicken Strips

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These Crispy Sesame Chicken Strips are gluten-free, paleo, and low carb and are the perfect healthy chicken tender recipe with a crispy crust and tender, perfectly cooked chicken! 
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Keto Bacon Wrapped Chicken

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Keto Bacon Wrapped Chicken is THE perfect low carb appetizer because it’s popular with everyone whether they are low carb or not!
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Crunchy Baked Keto Chicken Tenders (Easy Recipe)

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This easy to follow family friendly recipe makes unbelievably good keto chicken tenders that aren’t just low carb and keto-friendly, but actually the best crunchy chicken tenders that I’ve ever had! 
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Keto Chicken Wrap with Bacon & Avocado

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These delicious Keto Chicken Wraps can be made in just a few minutes; perfect for easy lunches-to-go. Loaded with healthy fats and protein, these Keto Wraps will keep you full and fuelled throughout the day!
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Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad {Paleo, Whole30, Keto}

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This buffalo chicken salad is super addicting, easy to make, and filled with goodies!  Crispy pan fried chicken tenders are tossed in 2 ingredient buffalo sauce and mixed with greens, carrots, celery, avocado and topped with Whole30 compliant cilantro ranch dressing.
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Baked (Extra Tender!) Keto Chicken Tenders gluten free

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That’s right, these gluten free and keto chicken tenders are incredibly flavorfuland extra tender! Plus, they’re baked rather than fried (i.e. essentially mess-free!).
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Easy Keto Buffalo Chicken Tenders

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This recipe for baked Easy Keto Buffalo Chicken Tenders takes an ordinary chicken tender, dredges it in egg then coats it in a keto “breading”. 
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Keto Chicken Cheese Bake

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This Keto Chicken Cheese Bake is loaded with tender pieces of chicken, mushrooms, bacon and spinach in a decadent cream sauce.
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These Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders are wonderfully juicy, coated with a delicious chicken seasoning, and cooked to perfection. It's super simple, quick, and incredibly delicious! This is great for anyone on a keto, low-carb, or paleo diet.

20 Best Chicken Tenderloin Recipes

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Prep time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Yelds 6 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


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  • In a large bowl add the chicken tenders, olive oil, and chicken seasoning. Toss to coat.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F/200°C.
  • Place the chicken tenders in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10 minutes and flip halfway thorugh cooking time.
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