The Best Cheddars Chicken Tenders Recipe!

Last Updated on August 15, 2022

This Cheddars chicken tenders recipe is a popular one that everyone in your life will love – especially if you have young children.

If you are looking for a recipe that will be easy and quick, then this Cheddar chicken tenders recipe is a must-try! This is the very best Cheddars chicken tenders recipe, and it’s very easy to make.

The Cheddars chicken tenders have a history in the United States. They’re hand-breaded and one of the signature dishes at Cheddars. This recipe is actually very simple and can be prepared in a few minutes.

This is a simple recipe that contains only several ingredients. You can use any type of chicken breast, just as long as it is not too thick. We recommend you use chicken breasts because they are very tender.

The cheddar cheese is also important to this recipe. You can use any type of cheddar cheese that you like; mild, mature, sharp – the choice is yours. The other two main ingredients are flour and breadcrumbs.

You need to use flour so that you can coat the chicken pieces thoroughly before frying. Breadcrumbs are very important in this recipe because they provide moisture and help to make the chicken tender.

Cheddars Chicken Tenders Recipe #1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound boneless and skinless chicken – cut into 1-inch thick strips
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups bread crumbs

Directions

Step #1: Prepare the marinade

Grab a bowl, and add the soy sauce, chili sauce, and tomato sauce. Add garlic, butter, and mayo to the bowl and mix well. Finally, season with salt and pepper, to your taste. Mix the marinade thoroughly to ensure all the ingredients are combined.

Add the already cut chicken strips into the marinade; ensuring they’re covered well. Allow them to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Step #2: Prepare the coating

Prepare the coating by adding the breadcrumbs and cayenne pepper to a bowl, and mixing well.

Step #3: Prepare the dip and coat the chicken

Beat the egg in a bowl, and add salt to taste. Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten egg and then dip into the bread crumbs. Coat all of the chicken pieces with bread crumbs and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Step #4: Cook

Grab a pan (or your fryer) and heat the oil to 350 degrees F.  Place the chicken (around 4-5 pieces at a time) into the oil and fry them for around 10 minutes; or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

Step #5: Make the cheese rain!

After you have cooked all the chicken pieces, mix the cheddar cheese with the remaining ground pepper and drizzle it over the hot chicken. Allow a few minutes for the cheese to melt.

Step #6: Enjoy!

Serve it hot. Enjoy!

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Cheddars Chicken Tenders Recipe #2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheez-cheddar crackers (3 oz)
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps

Step #1: Preheat the oven

Place the oven rack into the lowest part of your oven and preheat to 475 degrees F.

Step #2: Prepare your baking sheet/pan

Brush your baking pan with oil (at least 2 tablespoons).

Step #3: Crumbs

Add the crackers to a food processor and pulse them until finely ground. Now, transfer them to a bowl, and season with salt and pepper.

Step #4: Mix

Add the chicken tenders to a bowl, along with the mustard; ensuring they are well coated. Then dredge them in the cracker crumbs until evenly coated.

Step #5: Bake

Arrange the tenders in one layer, without crowding, in your prepared pan. Bake the chicken tenders for around 15 minutes, turning them over once halfway through.

Step #6: Enjoy!

When ready, they should turn golden brown. Enjoy! 

Final Comments

This Cheddars chicken tenders recipe is easy to prepare and only requires easily available ingredients. It’s important to use fresh ingredients, as the taste will be better. Also, season your chicken well, according to your tastes.

The beauty of this recipe is the freedom it gives every home cook! You can use whichever type of cheese you love, and adapt the recipe to suit you and your family.

We highly recommend this recipe to everyone who loves food and likes experimenting with different recipes. We hope you enjoyed reading this article and wish you good luck in cooking! Please feel free to let us know when your chicken tenders turn out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best cheese for chicken?

There are many types of cheese. In this recipe, we use cheddar cheese. However, other popular choices include mozzarella, feta, Parmesan or provolone. Be wary, as Parmesan and provolone are quite salty cheeses.

How do you make chicken tenders crispy?

There are many ways to make chicken tenders crispy, but the easiest way to make them crispy is to double fry them - this is how restaurants tend to make theirs so crispy! Another way is to make sure you're using a large amount of breadcrumbs; the more breadcrumbs that stick, the crispier your chicken will become.

Is the cheddars chicken strip recipe the same as the cheddars chicken tenders recipe?

Yes, they are practically the same. There's very little difference between the two; just the size of the chicken strips!

How to make cheddars crispy chicken salad?

This is a healthier version of the traditional chicken salad.  You can make it by simply mixing together the chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. You can add other ingredients like cucumbers, green peppers, and so on. You can bake or fry them at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Then, place them in the oven again at 400°F for an additional 8-10 minutes.

Preparation time Cook Time Serving
10 mins 15 mins 4

Cheddars Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheez-cheddar crackers
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Steps:

Place the oven rack into the lowest part of your oven and preheat to 475 degrees F.

    Brush your baking pan with oil (at least 2 tablespoons).

      Add the crackers to a food processor and pulse them until finely ground. Now, transfer them to a bowl, and season with salt and pepper.

        Add the chicken tenders to a bowl, along with the mustard; ensuring they are well coated. Then dredge them in the cracker crumbs until evenly coated.

          Arrange the tenders in one layer, without crowding, in your prepared pan. Bake the chicken tenders for around 15 minutes, turning them over once halfway through. When ready, they should turn golden brown. Enjoy! 

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