Enjoy this healthy and crispy alternative to greasy chicken tenders by Eating Bird Food. This recipe for baked chicken tenders uses crispy brown cereal and tangy Greek yogurt for a gluten-free crunch minus the deep frying. Spice up the chicken with harissa or any hot sauce of your choice, but you can also eliminate the hot sauce if you’re making this for the little ones.

Ingredients for servings

    Chicken Tenders

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders

  • 0.5 cup plain yogurt (I used 2% Fage)

  • 0.5 tablespoon harissa (or other hot sauce of your choice; certified gluten-free if necessary)

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened brown rice cereal (certified gluten-free if necessary)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds toasted

  • 0.5 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 0.5 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 0.5 teaspoon sea salt

  • 0.25 teaspoon ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Line a baking sheet or stone with parchment and a wire rack.

  • In a shallow medium bowl, stir together the yogurt and harissa until well-blended.

  • Place the brown rice cereal in a plastic baggie and pound/smash to crush. Once your cereal is crushed add it to a shallow bowl with the sesame seeds, parsley, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper.

  • Dredge the chicken tenders in the yogurt mixture, wiping off any access and then dip them into the brown rice cereal mixture. Roll until tender is covered completely. Place the cereal coated tenders on the wire rack on the baking sheet.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and chicken is completely cooked through.

  • Remove tenders from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

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