Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders
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Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders

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If you like the taste of sesame seeds as much as I do, you’ll love these Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders coated with sesame seeds, panko and a hint of soy sauce. Bake them or make them in the air fryer!

Chicken tenderloins are so convenient for weeknight cooking! The kids love these pickle brined chicken tenders, or these tortilla encrusted chicken tenders for a Mexican twist, but for an Asian twist these sesame ones are just perfect!

I like to serve them over some hot, steamed rice with a drizzle of soy sauce, and broccoli on the side but this would be great with cauliflower fried rice or quinoa fried rice  with some stir fried vegetables.

How To Make Encrusted Chicken Tenders

  1. Start with a mix of sesame seeds and panko as your breading and put that in a shallow dish.
  2. Rather than dipping the chicken in egg, I mix sesame oil with soy sauce in a shallow bowl and use it to coat the chicken before pressing my crumbs on. This adds wonderful Asian flavor to the chicken.
  3. Then spritz the chicken evenly on both sides with oil before baking or cooking in the air fryer.

How To Meal Prep

Place 3/4 cup rice in each meal prep container, top with 2 pieces chicken and steamed veggies on the side. Refrigerate up to 4 days. I really love this glass Meal Prep Set from Pyrex, (affil link) the set comes with different size glass containers with lids that are easy to close and wash.

 

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken tenderloins, 18 oz total
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • olive oil spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick oil spray.
  • Combine the sesame oil and soy sauce in a bowl, and the sesame seeds, salt and panko in another.
  • Place chicken in the bowl with the oil and soy sauce, then into the sesame seed mixture to coat well.
  • Place on the baking sheet; lightly spray the top of the chicken with oil spray and bake 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly browned on the bottom.
  • Turn over and cook another 4 – 5 minutes or until cooked through and the edges are crisp. Serve over rice with more soy sauce, if desired.

Air Fryer Cook Time

  • Preheat the air fryer 400F. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, flipping halfway until cooked through, crispy and golden.
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