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Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce

These homemade chicken tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce were a hit in our house! I mean who doesn't love chicken tenders? They were perfectly breaded, crispy, and loaded with flavor! Best vessel for dipping into this easy homemade honey mustard sauce, ketchup, or both! You can also make these into nuggets if you prefer that shape. Have fun with them!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, chicken tenders, dinner, kid friendly
Servings: 4


For the chicken tenders:

  • 3 chicken breasts or about 1½ lbs
  • ⅓-½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup panko
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • butter & olive oil (for cooking)

For the honey mustard sauce:

  • ¼ cup avocado mayo
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard or yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


For the chicken tenders:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice chicken breast into tenders. Pat dry to dry it out.
  • Prepare dips for the chicken. In three separate flat containers, fill one with flour, one with the whisked eggs, and one with panko mixture. To make the panko one, add in: panko, garlic, sea salt, & pepper.
  • Coat the chicken tenders in the following order: flour, then egg, then panko mix. Lay on sheet pan and set aside while repeat with each tender. If you want them extra thick, go through the dipping process two times through.
  • Heat skillet (we used our cast iron) with olive oil and/ or butter. We love to do a mix of both for the perfect browning. Probably about 1 tbsp of each.
  • Cook chicken for about 3 minutes on each side. Make sure to get the sides of the chicken so they get nicely browned all over. Once chicken is seared, add them to a baking sheet. Repeat with all tenders. Add more olive oil and butter if needed.
  • Bake chicken for about 7-8 mins. Check chicken with thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Or slice into the chicken tenders and make sure they're no longer pink.

For the honey mustard:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Taste and add extra of anything you prefer according to your tastebuds. More mustard, more honey, etc! Enjoy!


For Storing: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.