Five-Spice Chicken Tenders with a Kickin BBQ Sauce

Andy Anderson !


This is a tasty way to put together some great-tasting chicken tenders. And since they’re baked, you’re saving all those nasty calories. Although if you want to deep-fry them… have at it.

The BBQ sauce makes for an excellent compliment to the tenders, but if you have your own favorite sauce… then go for it.

Well, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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1 lb
boneless, skinless chicken breast, or the equivalent weight in chicken tenders
1 c
panko breadcrumbs
1 c
all-purpose flour
2 medium
eggs lightly beaten
1 Tbsp
toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp
chinese five spice powder
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety
1 tsp
ground cumin
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
1 Tbsp
flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


1 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium
onion, chopped
1 c
ketchup, homemade, if possible.
1 tsp
sugar, granulated variety
3 tsp
cider vinegar
1 tsp
worcestershire sauce

How to Make Five-Spice Chicken Tenders with a Kickin BBQ Sauce


  • 1Optional: Brine the chicken breasts for about three hours.
  • 3Chef’s Note: When I talk about using ketchup in this recipe, I would really hope you choose a homemade variety. Otherwise you are making a condiment out of a condiment. Besides, store-bought ketchup has things in it, other than ketchup. Go homemade… if you can.

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  • 4Chef's Note: If you are not making the BBQ sauce, then skip down to step 11.
  • 5Gather all your ingredients
  • 6Rough chop the onion.
  • 7Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onions, and cook over medium heat until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 8Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, and sugar, to the onions, and allow the mixture to simmer, covered, over low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • 9Remove from saucepan and place into a food processor fitted with an S-blade, or a blender.
  • 10Blend until smooth, return to saucepan, and keep warm.
  • 12Slice the chicken breasts into 1-inch planks.
  • 13Chef’s Note: After slicing, if some of the planks are too long… cut them in half.
  • 14Coat the chicken planks with the flour, and allow them to rest for 5 minutes.
  • 15While the chicken is resting, beat the eggs and place them in a shallow pan.
  • 16Combine the breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, five-spice powder, salt, cumin, pepper, and parsley and place in a shallow pan.
  • 17Dreg one of the floured chicken planks in the egg mixture.
  • 18Place in the breadcrumbs and thoroughly coat.
  • 19Place on a wire rack, or parchment-lined baking sheet, and repeat until all the planks (tenders) are ready, and allow to rest while the oven is preheating.
  • 20Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 450f (230c).
  • 21Place the tenders into the oven, and bake for about 15 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown.
  • 22Slice and serve up with the BBQ sauce, or your own favorite sauce. Enjoy.
  • 23Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Five-Spice Chicken Tenders with a Kickin BBQ Sauce

Course/Dish: Chicken, Poultry Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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