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Italian Chicken Tenderloins

My friend made this meal for my husband and me after our first child was born. Since chicken tenderloin recipes can be so caloric, I trimmed down the fat and carbs, but we love it just the same. —Beth Ann Stein, Richmond, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons paprika, divided
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins


  • In a small saucepan, saute onion and 1/8 teaspoon paprika in 1 teaspoon oil until tender. Stir in the water, tomato paste, bay leaf, bouillon and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large shallow dish, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, oregano and remaining paprika. Add chicken; turn to coat.
  • In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook half of the chicken in 1 teaspoon oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm; repeat with remaining chicken and oil. Discard bay leaf. Serve sauce with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 163 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • ryanswife
    Aug 29, 2019

    It was good, but I had to cook them longer then 2-3 minutes on each side in order to get them cooker through. They were very tender and seasoned well.

  • Sarah
    Aug 20, 2019

    Really lots of flavor. Was surprised I could actually make something so good. Doubled the recipe and sprinkled pasta with Parmesan! Thank you

  • debvee60
    Sep 21, 2015

    I made both this recipe and one for the Herbed Angel Hair Pasta Recipe and it was a good combination. Good homecooked meal but not all that strong Italian flavor. That there are quite a few ingredients, first the sauce, then the seasoned flour, is the only down side.

  • LAFrederick
    Dec 23, 2012

    Do you think it would be possible to make this in a crock pot?

  • rmbarr059
    Oct 19, 2012

    Quick, easy and tasty! Different idea for chicken which is great when you are bored!

  • mspeachy77
    Jun 10, 2012

    This chicken was delicious. My kids didn't like the sauce but hubby loved it. I also made the noodles they recomend. This was a big hit.

  • martylb
    Apr 11, 2012

    This chicken turned out very good. I used tomato sauce and less water since I didn't have tomato paste. I will definitely make this one again - quick, easy, tasty. And it's just 4 points on Weight Watchers.

  • kristimae
    Jul 8, 2011

    This recipe is definitely one to make again (and again!). The chicken has so much flavor that you don't need the sauce, but they pair well together too. Easy to make, highly recommend!

  • jampbp
    Apr 5, 2011

    This recipe is excellent, very flavorful. The only change I made is that I used boneless chicken breasts and cut them in half instead of using chicken tenderloins. I have made this several times for different guests and they have all really enjoyed it. It's quick and easy to make too which is so great.

  • ahmom
    Jul 27, 2010

    This was good.