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Pretzel Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce

Pretzel chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce are simple and easy, no doubt about it. These are great for kids, snacks or an appetizer on game night.

pretzel chicken tenders on plate with dipping sauce and parsley

Pretzel Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce

Skip the breadcrumbs because you can use crushed pretzels instead to make chicken tenders. This recipe is kid-friendly but adults love these too. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for delicious finger food.

Note: If you like this idea, then here’s another recipe to make crispy chicken tenders with crushed tortilla chips!

The secret to crispy chicken tenders in the oven is with a baking rack. This allows the heat to circulate all around the chicken at the same time, no need to flip them. A baking rack is so useful in the kitchen for a variety of dishes including bacon potato slices.

What Are Chicken Tenders?

Chicken tenders are actually parts of the chicken that are attached to the underside of each chicken breast. They’re a smaller cut of chicken.

Technically, every chicken has only two chicken tenders. However, you can also make a version of chicken tenders by using the whole chicken breast and slicing it into thin strips.

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avocado mayonnaise jar, milk carton, bag of pretzels, container of raw chicken tenders

Pretzel Chicken Strips Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • 1 ½ lbs Chicken Tenders – You can use chicken fillets or chicken tenders depending on what’s available at your grocery store.
  • 5 oz Salted Pretzels (140 g) – Look for salted pretzels, any brand will work. > Buy Organic Pretzels Here.
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise – You can use regular mayonnaise or a dairy-free version. I love avocado mayonnaise. > Buy Avocado Mayonnaise Here.
  • ¼ cup Milk – Regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk will all work. I used coconut milk. > Buy Coconut Milk Here.

Pretzel Dipping Sauce:

These tenders taste best with dipping sauce! This is a simple homemade sauce you can make:

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looking down and white plate of pretzel chicken tenders with parsley and small bowl of dipping sauce

Recipe Cost = $14.50

The chicken tenders cost me $11, pretzels were $2, and other ingredients about $1.50 (prices will vary slightly depending on where you live). 

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Kitchen Equipment I Used

Here’s the equipment I used to make this recipe:

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chicken strips on a baking rack

How To Make Pretzel Chicken Tenders

Here’s an overview of how to make it with the full recipe instructions at the bottom of this blog post.

  1. Prep – Preheat the oven to 450°F. Pulse pretzels in a food processor until it creates a flour-like texture and pour into a large dish. In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise and milk.
  2. Make – Dip one chicken tender in the milk mixture and shake off excess. Add chicken to the pretzels crumbs and coat all sides. Shake off excess then place on baking rack. Repeat with the rest of the chicken tenders. Lightly coat the outsides of the strips with cooking spray.
  3. Bake – Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until outsides are golden and internal temperature is 165°F.
  4. Serve – Mix together the sauce: honey mustard, whole grain mustard, mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar. Serve warm chicken tenders with the dipping sauce and enjoy!

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container and reheated in the oven.

Pretzel Chicken Tenders Tips

  • Shake off excess pretzel crumbs before adding to the baking rack, otherwise they can have an excess flour.
  • Spray the tops of the the chicken strips before baking. This helps to make them crispier.
  • These strips definitely need a dipping sauce! You can use regular honey mustard, barbecue sauce, hot sauce or the pretzel dipping sauce I made in the recipe below.
close up of pretzel chicken strips with dipping sauce and parsley

More Chicken Recipes

Pretzel Chicken Tenders

Skip the breadcrumbs because you can use crushed pretzels instead to make chicken tenders. This recipe is kid-friendly but adults love these too. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for delicious finger food.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs chicken tenders
  • 5 oz salted pretzels - (140 g)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk

Sauce:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Add pretzels to a food processor.
    pretzels in a food processor
  • Pulse until it forms a flour-like consistency with smaller crumbs.
    ground pretzels in a food processor
  • Add pretzels to a large bowl.
    In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise and milk. Shake off excess.
    Dip chicken tenders one at a time. First in the milk mixture, then in the ground pretzels and coat on all sides.
    white bowl with milk and mayonnaise, blue bowl with spoon and ground pretzels
  • Place chicken in a single layer on a baking rack. Lightly coat the outsides of the strips with cooking spray.
    Bake 18-23 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and reaches 165°F as an internal temperature when poked with a thermometer.
    uncooked pretzel chicken tenders on baking rack
  • While chicken is cooking make the dipping sauce: combine honey mustard, whole grain mustard, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
    honey mustard dipping sauce in white bowl with spatula
  • Add chicken strips and dipping sauce to a serving plate and enjoy!
    white plate with pretzel chicken tenders, dipping sauce and parsley
Nutrition
Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Sodium: 670mg | Sugar: 3g

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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