Herbed Chicken Tenders with Tomato Sauce

These chicken tenders are packed with flavor and make a great weeknight meal. The herbed breading is crispy and the tomato sauce is perfect for dipping. I always have leftovers, so they make great lunch the next day too!


  • 2lbs chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning herbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. While the chicken tenders are soaking in buttermilk, make the tomato sauce by heating olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat.

3. Sauté onions until translucent, then add garlic and cook for another minute.

4. Add tomato paste and mix well, cooking for 1-2 minutes more until it darkens to a brick-red color.

5. Add salt and sugar, then either tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes (cooking for 5 or 10 minutes respectively).

6. Purée the sauce in a blender until smooth, starting at a low setting and working up to high while holding your hand over the lid to keep it from popping off.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 chicken tender with sauce
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 36 mg
  • Sodium: 230 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar 3g
Herbed Chicken Tenders with Tomato Sauce
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