Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Claudia Published: January 27, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders

Marinated in pickle juice, these baked chicken tenders are packed with deep flavors. They’re breaded then cooked until golden in the oven or air fryer.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Marinate Time: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 25 minutes



  • lbschicken tenders,or skinless breasts cut into strips, (12 pieces)
  • cupdill pickle juice,enough to cover the chicken
  • ½tspkosher salt and black pepper,to taste
  • 1large egg,beaten
  • 1large egg white
  • ½cupseasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½cupseasoned panko
  • cooking spray


  1. Place chicken in a shallow bowl and cover with the pickle juice (enough to cover completely). Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours.

  2. After 8 hours, drain and dry the chicken completely on paper towels; discard marinade.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with generously with oil.

  4. Combine egg, egg white, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and panko.

  5. Dip chicken in the egg wash, then into the breadcrumb mixture and shake off excess.

  6. Place the chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and spray the top generously. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the lower third of the oven until the bottom is golden. Turn and bake for 6 minutes, until golden.

Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray the chicken on both sides with oil.

  2. Cook in batches in a single layer for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.


  • Calories: 506.35kcal
  • Fat: 27.13g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.38g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.36g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.02g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.45g
  • Fiber: 2.98g
  • Sugar: 2.23g
  • Protein: 26.15g
  • Cholesterol: 104.62mg
  • Sodium: 1174.07mg
  • Calcium: 102.76mg
  • Potassium: 421.99mg
  • Iron: 2.69mg
  • Vitamin A: 23.00µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.25mg
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