4 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces)

Oatmeal-crusted chicken tenders are delightfully crunchy, and are sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. Serve with commercial honey mustard or light ranch dressing for dipping.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Place oats in a food processor, and process for 20 seconds or until coarsely ground. Add cheese, thyme, salt, and pepper. Pulse to combine, and place in a shallow bowl.

Step 3

Place each chicken breast tender between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Coat both sides of tenders with cooking spray; dredge tenders in oat mixture. Place tenders on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until browned.

Ratings & Reviews

Joshg1's Review

July 25, 2013
One of the best chicken breading recipes I've cooked. I only made little changes to this. I started by using seasoning salt on the chicken first before placing it into the mixture. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary and 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley to the oat mixture. For the cooking phase, I placed the chicken on a cast iron grill pan which helped to add a little extra crunch while keeping in the moisture. Next time I plan to add a little Cajun mix over the top right before cooking.

LMasterson's Review

February 12, 2013
Made and enjoyed with the following mods (I believe they would lack flavor if made exactly according to recipe): reduced breading mixture by 1/4, added granulated onion to breading, used flour and egg before breading, add grated garlic and a dash of hot sauce to egg, and placed on a cooking spray-coated rack on a cookie sheet. I almost skipped the pounding of the tenders, but I'm glad I didn't because they are so easily flattened, the cooking time was right on, and the crunch was really nice. Will make again.

Huelin's Review

February 09, 2013

lvtig1's Review

January 10, 2013
I liked it somewhat. As stated in many reviews, it needs lots of added spice. I added garlic salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Also sprayed liberally with oil spray during cooking. Still, it was a bit dry and did not crisp up very much in a 450 degree oven. We used BBQ sauce for dipping. Next time, I think I would try using half oatmeal and half cornflakes or crackers in hopes of making it crispier. It was VERY filling due to the oatmeal and we all ate much less meat than we normally would, so in this way it is a very economical dish!

LisaBryant's Review

January 06, 2013
Easy to make and yummy. I followed recipe with cooking spray instead of egg, with skepticism, but was pleasantly surprised. I eat gluten free and used the gluten free quick oats but added extra cheese, and garlic salt. I also put the strips on a wire rack over aluminum foil to crisp underside. Yummy and soooo easy!

mitcheti's Review

January 06, 2013
I could not get these to brown in the oven. Tried the low broil, but that just over cooked them and made them dry.

StephiesKitchen's Review

January 04, 2013
My husband, 3 boys, and I really liked this chicken tenders recipe. It was quick and easy. I did bake mine a bit longer than the 17 minutes....probably closer to 25; however, I didn't pound my chicken tenders out. They were thin small pieces. I did add 1/4t. garlic powder and used dried thyme instead of fresh. And, I mixed two egg whites with 1t. sesame oil to dip the tenders into first, then the oatmeal mixture. They were great! Thanks for a great recipe!

EllieBellie's Review

January 25, 2012
So-so. This has potential, but, really, was nothing too special. I followed the recipe, except used dried thyme (it's what I had), and added some granulated garlic (and I'm glad I did). There are MUCH better recipes on this site.

bellymama's Review

January 16, 2012

And11Rio's Review

January 11, 2012
So good, I added dried parsley and garlic salt, just in case it was too plain. My bf loved it. He was kind of skeptical when he saw me preparing the "breading" with oatmeal. Now this is one of his favorites.!