While I’m all for flavor-packed recipes that require hours of cooking and days of marinating, sometimes you just need to get a home-cooked meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. There’s no time for simmering. There’s certainly no time for slow cooking. You need dinner. You need it ASAP. And you need it to be enjoyed by palates of all ages.
Sound like your average weeknight? Then skip the stress, forget the fuss and preheat your oven for quick and easy Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders.
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- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups salted pretzels
- 1 1/4 lbs uncooked chicken tenders
- 3 large eggs
- 3 Tablespoons honey mustard, plus more for serving
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 475°F with the rack in the lower third of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush it with the olive oil.
- Place the pretzels in a resealable plastic bag, and using a rolling pin, crush them until they're finely ground. Transfer the crackers to a wide, shallow bowl.
- In a separate wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs with the honey mustard. Place the flour in a third wide, shallow bowl.
- Bread each tender by coating it in the flour, shaking off any excess, and then dipping it in the eggs. Transfer the tender from the eggs to the crushed pretzels, pressing the pretzels into the chicken to ensure an even coating, and then place the tender on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the breading process with the remaining tenders, arranging them in a single layer about 2 inches apart.
- Bake the tenders, turning them over once, until they're golden brown, about 15 minutes total. Remove the tenders from the oven, season them with salt (optional) and serve immediately with additional honey mustard for dipping.
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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.