These Crispy Asian Chicken Tenders prompted a life goal I didn’t even realize I had.
Never, under any circumstances, shall I consider myself too old or too serious for chicken fingers (even if I use the word “shall” like it’s totally normal).
Chicken tenders and I are old pals. As a kid, they were both my drive-through meal of choice and an item I rejoiced to see my mom pull out of our freezer at dinnertime. I still feel a ping of nostalgic any time I pass them in the grocery store.
As an adult, I’ve admittedly lost my taste for the freezer variety and don’t often stop for fast food, but that does not, under any circumstances, mean I want to cut chicken tenders out of my life.
Juicy meat, surrounded by panko crust, cooked until golden and crispy? I loved you then and I still love you now.
The difference is that instead of buying my chicken fingers, I make my own. They’re quick, healthy, and provide me everything I enjoy (juicy, tender interior; crispy exterior; general deliciousness), minus the ones I don’t (additives, high sodium, a deep-fried-fast-food hangover).
Today’s Crispy Asian Chicken Tenders are a new twist on my more classic Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders, and they inspired me to create these Grilled Chicken Tenders too. I swapped the honey-mustard combo for an Asian-inspired soy, ginger, and garlic marinade. I also added a healthy amount of sriracha to give the chicken tenders a kick. I enjoyed the extra pop of spice it added, but if you or your family members are sensitive to spicy food, I’d suggest scaling it back by a teaspoon or two.
How to Store and Reheat
- To Store. This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made, though you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- To Reheat. Rewarm in a skillet lightly coated with oil or enjoy at room temperature over a salad.
How to Serve Asian Chicken Tenders
- With Veggies. Serve with some steamed or stir-fried veggies like Sautéed Brussels Sprouts.
- With Salad. These tenders are delicious in this copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad or with this Asian Noodle Salad. You can even make a double batch of chicken tenders, enjoy half tonight for dinner, and then use second half for tomorrow’s salad. Meal prep win!
- With Rice. The entire family will love these tenders paired with a side of Homemade Fried Rice or Healthy Fried Rice.
More Delicious Asian Chicken Recipes
- Asian Chicken Wraps with Thai Peanut Sauce
- Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Crispy Asian Chicken Tenders
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins or boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 3/4-inch strips (about 16 strips total)
- 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili paste (sambal oelek), or hot sauce of choice
- 2 cups whole wheat panko bread crumbs if you can’t find whole wheat, swap regular panko
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Chopped green onions optional for serving
- Place a large ziptop bag inside of a baking dish so that it is upright with the opening at the top. Add the chicken strips. In a large measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the milk, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and hot sauce until combined. Carefully pour the liquid into the bag, then seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Turn the bag so that the chicken is well coated, then let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or place in the refrigerator overnight.
- When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place an ovenproof wire rack on top of it. Coat the rack with nonstick spray.
- Place the panko in a large, shallow dish (a 9×13-inch pan works well). Drizzle the oil over the top, then toss to moisten.
- Arrange the ingredients in a line from left to right as follows: marinated chicken, panko breadcrumbs, baking sheet. Working with a few pieces of chicken at a time, with your left hand, remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess (this is the “wet” hand). Place the chicken in the dish with the panko. With your right hand (the “dry” hand), pat the chicken on all sides with the breadcrumbs, pressing them on lightly so that the chicken is well coated. Still with your dry hand, place the chicken on the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each tender. Repeat for remaining tenders.
- Bake the chicken until golden brown and the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure the chicken reaches a temperature of 165 degrees F. The time may be longer if your chicken pieces are larger and shorter if they are thinner.
- This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made, though you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Rewarm in a skillet lightly coated with oil or enjoy at room temperature over a salad.
- Nutritional information has been calculated without the marinade, as most of this is shaken off prior to baking. If you prefer to calculate it WITH the marinade, you can do so for free at myfitnesspal.com.
- TIP: Make a double batch and use the leftovers to make this copycat Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad.
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hey girl- these look so yummy!
They really are delicious! Thanks Shawnna!
These sound great, but I have to say that I don’t relate at all to chicken fingers. When I was growing up there was no such thing as chicken fingers or fast food. I will be interested to see how you use them in a recipe. I will save the recipe and give consideration to trying them.
The new recipe using these chicken tenders is up now, Susan, so perhaps you’ll take a look and let me know what you think! :)
These were excellent! I really like your technique, and I appreciate your wonderful description of how to do it. The only thing I did differently was to cook the tenders at 400 degrees. My family has requested I make these again, and I will be happy to oblige. Thank you.
I’m happy to hear the recipe was a winner for your family, Jocelyn! Thanks so much for sharing your baking tip and for reporting back!
These are so delicious. I made it for my little family of 3 on a cold rainy day & our toddler loved it. Thanks for the great addition.
Thanks for taking the time to leave this great review, Dustin! I’m glad to hear the recipe was a hit with everyone!
I made these last night. I might crisp them under broiler heat for a few minutes next time. Taste was AMAZING. Super easy to make too. Yum. Thanks – loved this recipe.
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome feedback, Stefanie! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them.
We made the Asian Chicken Tenders tonight and loved them! We actually converted the recipe to make in our air fryer and they were so crispy and delicious. Another hit!
Hooray, Jordan! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and reporting back!
About to try this recipe. In 2. It says put a baking rack on the baking sheet – which do you use and if it is the sheet why is there a rack also there? And in 3. it says add oil to the panko before coating the chicken – does it still stick to the chicken.
Hi Audrey! You’ll want to place a wire baking rack on top of the baking sheet to elevate the chicken tenders and keep them from getting soggy. Also, adding the oil to the panko helps it moisten and coat the chicken tenders more thoroughly. I hope this helps and that you love the recipe!
These look delicious, I am making it tonight! What kind of side dish can you make with this?
Hi Julia! I think this recipe pairs nicely with Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic, Asian Noodle Salad, Homemade Fried Rice, and Ramen Salad. I hope you love the recipe!
Planning to make these this weekend! What sauce do you use for dipping?
Hi Kelly! I think these are delicious with soy, hoisin, sweet chili, or peanut sauce. I hope you enjoyed them!
Empty nesters and we really enjoyed this. A bit spicy but nothing wrong with that. Served with rice, spring rolls and a salad with ginger dressing. Perfect. Making again tonight.
Thank you for sharing this kind review, Beth! I’m so happy the recipe was a hit!
Hi! Will it work placing directly on the baking sheet without the wire rack?
Hi Hazel! The chicken tenders will not get as crispy without the rack, but they should still be tasty. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!
These are AMAZING! Such great flavor and pretty easy to put together. They don’t reheat that well, because of the breading, but the flavor is still great.
I’m so happy that you enjoyed them, Amanda! Thank you for sharing this kind review!
Can you cook them in an air fryer?
Hi Wendy! You probably could. Here is my method for air fryer chicken tenders: https://www.wellplated.com/air-fryer-chicken-tenders/ If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!
15-25 minutes is not high enough at 375 mine were only in the 150’s at that point!
Thanks for your feedback. The timing has worked well for myself and others, but it’s hard to know why it didn’t work for you without being in the kitchen with you. I hope you were able to still enjoy it!
Thank you Melanie!