Gluten Free Baked Chicken Tenders

Crispy Gluten Free Chicken Tenders Recipe from

One of our favorite gluten free chicken recipes to make are baked chicken tenders that are made with gluten free cereal. The crispy baked texture comes from crushed gluten free rice cereal, brown rice cereal, rice chex mix or different types of gluten free flours. The wholesome flavors of the rice texture that’s coated on the outside of these baked chicken strips has a great aroma that gives these chicken strips their addicting, crunchy bite.

Like our past non-gluten free baked chicken tenders recipes that are fried in panko bread crumbs and baked with flour, this gluten free version is equally easy and fast. You’ll be pleased at how healthy these are too when you’re baking with the boneless skinless chicken breast and rice cereal. It’s great that these are healthy chicken tenders because you can splurge on the calories when you choose your dip. It’s the dips that hits you with the high calorie count. Enjoy!

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Crispy Gluten Free Chicken Tenders Recipe from

Gluten Free Baked Chicken Tenders

Yield: Serves 2-4

Total Time: 1 hour

Feel free to use any type of gluten free rice cereal or gluten free flours that you like to add the crunchy texture on the outside of the chicken tenders. A few different options are Gluten Free Chex-Mix Rice Cereal, Gluten Free Brown Rice Cereal and other gluten free flours.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups of gluten free cereal or chex-mix rice cereal
  • 2 large eggs
  • sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In large shallow bowl, add 2 cups of cereal and crush the cereal with your hands. If you want a more coarse crumb texture on your chicken strips, then hand crush them to your desired texture. If you want a more fine crumb, then grind the cereal in the food processor.
  3. In medium shallow bowl, beat the two eggs.
  4. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Season the cut chicken strips on both sides with salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly coat the chicken strips with the crushed cereal. Shake off excess cereal.
  6. Dip the chicken strips into the egg mixture and allow all the excess egg to drip off the chicken.
  7. Then lay the chicken strips into the cereal crumbs for one last coating.
  8. Place all the coated chicken strips on the lined sheetpan.
  9. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken to cook on the other side for 10-15 minutes more or until cooked through and golden.
  10. Serve warm with ketchup or your favorite dip.
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3 comments… add one

  • Rachel April 24, 2014, 8:29 pm

    My husband who is a picky eater and recently discovered that he is allergic to wheat is enjoying this recipe.

    We’ve made a few modifications based on his taste and I thought someone reading this might be interested. Pepper, salt, basil, sage, oregano, chilli powder and cumin are mixed in with the eggs. I think it’s easier that way and I don’t have to handle the chicken as much. I always have to use more than two eggs and more than 2 cups of cereal, but maybe my strips are smaller creating more surface area.

    All in all a simple recipe which makes a great jumping off point for creativity.

  • Faith March 9, 2016, 2:56 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I’m Celiac so finding yummy and simple versions that I can eat and that my kids love is a double bonus. My son loves to crush the cereal into tiny pieces. :-) I might try adding different seasoning another time, but this recipe is something that my kids will love. If you ever have a gluten free teriyaki sauce recipe for these strips, I’d love to try them. Allergic to honey, but am going to try and make your honey mustard sauce with maple syrup instead.

  • Danielle January 28, 2017, 11:14 am

    I just tried this recipe for a play date my daughter had with a little friend who is gluten and dairy free. I was skeptical about anything gluten free, but these are delicious! I will make them again for my family even though we are not gluten free. I added garlic powder and salt and pepper to the cereal (in addition to seasoning the chicken itself). I had to force myself to stop eating them!


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