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Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders with Creole Dipping Sauce

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These panko crusted chicken tenders are a crispy and a delicious weeknight meal. Served with a flavorful Creole spiced dipping sauce, these tenders will soon be your family’s new favorite!

Someone dipping creole panko chicken tenders into a dipping sauce

Without fail, almost every household plays the same game at one dinner time or another:

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I dunno, what do you want?”

Often times this goes on and on and on, until everyone is seriously annoyed and starving, and then finally settle on something quick and easy like boxed macaroni and cheese or a frozen pizza (not that there is anything wrong with that…).

A white platter with panko breaded chicken strips on a wooden table with parsley

When we play this game at my house, my husband always, ALWAYS wants this. Even if we just had it the night before.

In fact, whenever we have company over, he wants to make these crusted chicken tenders. Or whenever we talk about what to eat for dinner that week, he wants to make these. 

Actually, my husband practically wrote this post for me. I’m supposed to tell you that this is “irresistible” and that it will “Leave you wanting more!”.

We have been making this recipe since before we had kids (why does that suddenly seem like a lifetime ago?), and it is still one of our favorites!

Interested yet?

Next time you play the “What Do You Want For Dinner” game, give Creole Panko Chicken Fingers a try! They are easy to make,  crispy yet baked, and so full of flavor! (The dipping sauce here is purely amazing!). The Creole Dipping sauce is amazing and makes this such a flavorful meal!

A platter of panko breaded chicken strips with one strip dipped in a white bowl of creole dip

How your kids can help prepare this meal:

  • Kids aged 0-3 can help you measure the ingredients and mix the dipping sauce, prepare the breading, wash the parsley, and help set the table.
  • Kids aged 4-7 can help you do everything above, plus help you dip the chicken fingers into the yogurt and breading.
  • Kids aged 8-10+ can help you do everything above!
A platter of panko breaded chicken strips with a bowl of creole dipping sauce
A child in a blue and green plaid shirt holding a container of yogurt


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Yield: 4 Servings

Creole Panko Crusted Chicken Fingers

Crispy Creole Chicken recipe

These delicious and easy chicken tenders are crispy and full of flavor! Served with a fun dipping sauce, its sure to be a family favorite! 


Creole Chicken Tenders

  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1.5 lb chicken tenders (about 12)

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon salt free Creole seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Creole Chicken Tenders

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. In one bowl, combine greek yogurt and dijon mustard.
  3. In a second bowl, mix together the panko, parsley, garlic powder, pepper and salt.
  4. Dip the chicken tenders into the yogurt mixture and turn to coat.
  5. Dip the chicken tenders into in the breadcrumb mixture and turn to coat, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs to the chicken tnders..
  6. Place the chicken tenders onto a wire rack and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Do NOT skip this step, it really helps the chicken tenders turn out nice and crunchy!
  7. Place a piece of parchment paper or a silat mat on a baking sheet and transfer the chicken tenders to the baking sheet. If you have an oven safe wire rack, use that, too!
  8. Spray the chicken tenders with cooking spray.
  9. Bake for 18-23 minutes.

Dipping Sauce:

  1. In a bowl, combine the greek yogurt, parsley, cajun seasoning mix (start with 1 TBSp and adjust to your taste preferences) and pepper.
  2. Refrigerate until needed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 751Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 4370mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 50g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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Friday 17th of February 2023

WOW! We loved the flavors in these chicken fingers. So unique and delicious!


Wednesday 4th of October 2017

What a great recipe! My kiddos would love it. Appreciate that you pointed to the hurricane relief efforts as well!

Lisa Huff

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

LOVE Cajun seasoning on everything! And what a great cause to partner with!

jacquee | i sugar coat it!

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

We don't do a lot of deep frying, but when we do, we use panko crumbs. These chicken fingers look so juicy delicious, better yet for a good cause!


Wednesday 4th of October 2017

The recipe sounds delicious! I like that you used an "old favorite" to promote California milk and their donating to the Hurricane relief efforts. Makes for a very authentic post.

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