Chicken Tenders | Three Ways

Published On April 16, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Food, Recipes

My kids love chicken tenders so I make them at least once a week for dinner.  Sometimes I have leftovers and other times I’m not really in the mood for plain old tenders.  So what can this busy mom of three do?  How about livening up those chicken tenders or using them for an entirely different meal?  The Organized Cook has three clever ways to use chicken tenders in delicious and yummy ways.

Here are three chicken tender recipes that will have your tastebuds doing the happy dance.  But first, let’s make homemade chicken tenders.  Come on, it’s not that hard.

Homemade Chicken Tenders | Three Ways

Making your own chicken tenders is not only simple but healthier so here is the Organized Cook’s recipe for Homemade Chicken Tenders. By changing a few ingredients in the recipe, you can make different variations of Homemade Chicken Tenders, like using Panko breadcrumbs and Ranch Dressing Mix to create Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders.

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

You can also make gluten-free Homemade Chicken Tenders, by using gluten-free breadcrumbs, like Schar Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs.

Reincarnate The Leftover

There are many new dinner recipes that can be created, or “reincarnated” from basic Homemade Chicken Tenders, and they are not only delicious but easy to make.

Homemade Chicken tenders

3 Recipes To Make with Leftover Homemade Chicken Tenders

1. Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Chicken Parmesan Recipe made with Leftover Homemade Chicken Tenders




  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place Chicken Tenders in long baking dish
  3. Cover with marinara sauce
  4. Top with Parmesan cheese
  5. Sprinkle with dried parsley
  6. Bake until hot, approximately 25 minutes
  7. Serve with pasta


2. Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu Recipe



Chicken Katsu is perfect made with Homemade Chicken Tenders using Panko Breadcrumbs


  1. Serve Chicken Tenders warm and sliced with Katsu Sauce and Steamed Rice

3. Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Wrap Recipe



Buffalo Chicken Wraps are the perfect recipe to make with leftover Homemade Chicken Tenders or Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders
  • Chicken Tenders- 1 1/2 lbs
  • Buffalo hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • Iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • Blue cheese crumbles- 8 oz.
  • Flour Tortillas, large- 6


  1. Dice chicken tenders and place in mixing bowl
  2. Pour sauce over the top and toss to coat chicken evenly
  3. Spoon chicken (about 1/2 cup) onto center of a tortilla
  4. Top with some lettuce and cheese
  5. Fold tortilla over the mixture by folding up ends first then rolling- burrito style
  6. Slice in half before serving
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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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