Healthy Chicken Tenders Recipes

Find healthy, delicious chicken tenders recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chicken & Kale Soup

Rating: 5 stars 5
This easy chicken and kale soup will keep you warm on a cold and rainy day or any day that calls for a simple, hearty soup. For convenience, you can make this soup with frozen kale without the need to thaw it beforehand.

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Everything Bagel Seasoning over Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Using everything bagel spice is a quick way to season and add extra crunch to breadcrumbs for chicken tenders. If you can't find any premixed, make your own by combining equal parts dried minced onion and garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, salt and ground pepper (see Associated Recipes). This healthy chicken recipe tops a simple salad for an easy dinner that's ready in 25 minutes.

Baked Chicken Tenders

Tender chicken breast pieces are baked with a tasty bread crumb coating flavored with lemon and Parmesan cheese.

Spring Green Soup with Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 7
Sautéing chicken in a little oil first (rather than poaching in the broth) creates some browned bits in the pan (aka fond) that give this green soup a richer flavor.

Mediterranean Wrap

Rating: 4.26 stars 17
This wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous with a hit of lemon and a healthy dose of fresh herbs. Save any leftovers to wrap up for an easy lunch. Serve with: Mixed green salad and a glass of crisp white wine.

Air-Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These crispy air-fried chicken nuggets are a quick kid-friendly dinner that parents will love too. The homemade nuggets are healthier than fast-food versions--and more flavorful, thanks to the cornflake coating. You can also cut the chicken into strips for air-fryer chicken tenders. Be sure to cook those 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until done.

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Rating: 3.8 stars 5
Spicy peanut sauce is the perfect match for these Thai-marinated grilled chicken strips.

Couscous Paella Soup for Two

Rating: 4 stars 1
This soup recipe for two is inspired by the flavors and ingredients of paella, but unlike paella it's simple enough for a speedy weeknight dinner. If you can't find Spanish chorizo, use pepperoni (add a pinch of smoked paprika if you have it). Serve with warm whole-grain garlic bread.

Honey-Mustard Chicken Tenders with Couscous & Carrots

Rating: 5 stars 1
Thanks to the quick-cooking power of chicken tenders, this honey-mustard chicken dinner comes together fast and easily for a family-friendly weeknight meal. The baby carrots are cooked in a simple orange juice and butter sauce which is lovely drizzled over the chicken and couscous.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4.09 stars 11
Crispy, Parmesan-flecked chicken tenders dipped in marinara sauce is an easy dinner the whole family will love. Dipping them in a mixture of plain yogurt with chopped fresh basil would be tasty too. Serve with sautéed green beans and roasted sweet potato wedges.

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Blackberry Mustard

Rating: 3.71 stars 20
Tossing chicken tenders with cornmeal gives these chicken nuggets great crunch without deep-frying. Blackberries (or raspberries, if you prefer) combined with whole-grain mustard make for a sweet-and-savory dipping sauce. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and carrots.

Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

Rating: 4.31 stars 17
One of the most popular Indian dishes in the U.S. and the U.K., chicken tikka masala usually involves several steps including marinating and grilling the chicken before simmering in a curried tomato cream sauce. We've simplified it to a one-skillet dish and lightened it by increasing the vegetables, omitting the butter and using less cream. Serve with brown basmati rice and, for dessert, dates.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken-Vegetable Soup with Orzo
Rating: Unrated 10
Learn how to make chicken-vegetable soup with this healthy recipe for two. Full of orzo and fresh vegetables like spinach and zucchini, this hearty soup is perfect for a chilly evening. Serve with crusty bread and top with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
Goddess Veggie Bowls with Chicken
Dark green dinosaur kale contrasts with the warm tones of bell peppers and tomatoes in these hearty chicken and veggie bowls.
Za'atar-Roasted Chicken Tenders & Vegetables with Couscous
Rating: 5 stars
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Za'atar (or zaatar)--a Middle-Eastern spice blend that's a mix of thyme, sumac, salt, sesame seeds and sometimes other herbs--gives this sheet-pan roast chicken recipe tons of flavor. Chicken tenders and pretrimmed green beans make this healthy dinner super-fast.