Baked Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders

These baked chicken tenders are a favorite of my kids and super easy! The spicy honey sauce is absolutely a game-changer and delicious mixed with homemade ranch. Thank me later!  DSC_0146

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken tenders
  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzel pieces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • ranch dressing, for serving
  • spicy honey sauce, for serving (recipe below)

Spicy Honey Sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, mayonnaise, and honey. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the pretzel crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and a pinch of black pepper to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Remove the chicken from the honey mustard, one piece at a time, and dredge through the pretzel crumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all of the chicken has been used. Make sure not to overcrowd your pan.
  4. Lightly brush/drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, make the spicy honey sauce. Melt the honey, butter, cayenne, chili powder, paprika, and a pinch of salt.
  6. Serve the chicken topped with flaky salt and spicy honey sauce for dipping. Enjoy with some ranch!

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