These Tzatziki Chicken Tenders are flavorful and a fun new way to use tzatziki. Easy to make homemade and freezer friendly, so perfect for meal prep!
The chicken tenders are oven baked and follow a traditional method of making chicken tenders with the 3-step dredging process to get the most crispy and delicious chicken tenders you can get!
How to Make Homemade Chicken Tenders
Traditionally, chicken tenders are dredged in 3 steps:
- Dredge in flour
- Dredge in egg wash
- Dredge in breadcrumbs
This recipe follows a very similar outline! You'll dredge your chicken tenders in flour and breadcrumbs, but the difference is the egg wash.
Instead of doing an egg wash you'll do a tzatziki wash!
Mix tzatziki with milk to get a thinner consistency. The tzatziki will add a ton of flavor!
In the breadcrumbs, I add feta cheese and garlic powder. Your hands do get messy here, but it's so worth it!
After you transfer the chicken tenders to the baking sheet, you'll spray them with oil and bake.
How to Make Tzatziki
Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt-based dip. It's made with dill, cucumber garlic, olive oil, salt and red wine vinegar.
You'll see tzatziki in a lot of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. It's a great dip for veggies but also meats!
Nothing beats homemade tzatziki! If you've never had tzatziki homemade you have to try my tzatziki recipe it's made with just 7 ingredients and super easy.
I highly recommend only freezing the chicken tenders and not refrigerating them. The moisture will cause the breading on the chicken tenders to become moist in the fridge.
However, when frozen, the moisture is locked in and frozen so when the chicken tenders are reheated, they are still crispy.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Absolutely, definitely a good time saver!
You can use chicken tenderloins or take boneless, skinless chicken breast and cut it into ½-inch strips. Check out this article for a visual on how to cut the chicken breast.
Tzatziki Chicken Tenders
- 1 lb chicken tenders (or 8 chicken tenders)
- ⅓ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup tzatziki
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Get two plates and one bowl out to set up the dredging stations.
- Prep the first station and mix the flour and salt together.
- For the second station, mix the tzatziki and milk together.
- For the final station, mix the breadcrumbs, feta cheese and garlic powder together. Make sure the feta cheese is crumbled well and into fine pieces.
- Spray a baking sheet with oil. Start dredging the chicken tenders in the flour mixture, followed by the bowl of tzatziki and let it liquid drip off well before placing in the breadcrumb mixture. Coat well with breadcrumbs and then place on oiled baking sheet.
- Spray with oil before baking for around 20 minutes or the chicken tenders get golden and crispy.
- Storage: allow the chicken tenders to completely cool before freezing them for up to 3 months. I highly don't recommend refrigerating the chicken tenders as the moisture will make the breadcrumbs soft and mushy. However, freezing works very well!
- You can also use store-bought tzatziki
(Nutrition values are calculated by third-party software and an estimate that can vary based on product brands and cooking methods.)