Crispy honey mustard chicken tenders are inspired by a salmon dish we make A LOT. Salmon brushed in homemade honey dijon mustard and breaded with panko crumbs—it’s crispy, light and delicious (check it out…I wish I thought of it first). So why not try the same process with the more popular duo?
Fried chicken and honey mustard are a match made in heaven. Who doesn’t love crispy fried chicken dipped in honey mustard? I survived college thanks to chicken tenders. These are so easy to make and baked for a healthier alternative, without sacrificing any crunch or flavor.
The Best Baked Chicken Tenders
Baked chicken tenders are all about the crunch. Panko crumbs are better than traditional breadcrumbs because they really crisp up in the oven. You could use your favorite pre-made honey mustard however, I combine equal parts dijon mustard and honey for fancier flavor.
They honey mustard serves as the glue for the panko crumbs, adding the much needed additional flavor when baking tenders. I’ll be the first to admit it’s really hard to be real fried chicken.
I usually use pre-cut chicken tenders, they’re cheap and you can buy a lot of them, however you can slice your own tenders out of chicken breast if that’s all you have on hand.
I dare you to find an 8-year-old that won’t devour these.Print
Delicious, crispy baked honey mustard chicken tenders, dredges in honey mustard and coated in crispy panko crumbs.
- 8–10 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine honey and dijon mustard in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside. Combine panko crumbs and spices in a medium bowl, mix and set aside.
- Dredge tenders, 1-2 at a time in the honey mustard sauce and then coat in panko crumbs until fully coated. Place on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, flip, and then for 8 more minutes. Tenders should be golden and fully cooked though.
Keywords: baked chicken tenders, honey mustard chicken