Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Dipped 1.4

Welcome to the three ingredient dinner.

Yes – Just. Three. Ingredients.

As in 1 + 1 + 1 = dinner.  It’s like Einstein’s theory for lazy, healthy eating.

And okay, before you start rolling your eyes and snapping your fingers with a well choreographed hair toss, there is salt & pepper in addition to your three ingredients.  But does a dash of seasoning really count?  Is a cookie eaten alone actually a cookie eaten?  Of course not.

But semantics aside, Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders are seriously a three ingredient wonder.

Three Ingredient Tuesday?  Should this be a thing?  Let’s make it a thing.

Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Chicken 2

You know what else should be a thing?  Not having the holiday season start on November 1st.  Seriously, who is in charge of this?  Why was I served a Starbucks snowflake cup the day after Halloween?  Why are lay-away commercials already on TV?  Who are these animals trying to fast forward my life!?

There are just so many questions.

I’m much more inclined to take my holidays one at a time, so for all intents and purposes November will be filled with a mix of normal recipes (like this one) and Thanksgiving recipes, the first of which will be this Thursday.  But for today, we’ve got Three Ingredient Tuesday, Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders, and a complete lack of holiday-driven insanity.

Cool?  Cool.

Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Marinating 1

We all know that this time of year is supremely busy, so why not tone down the chaos when you can?  You know you’ve been there – 8 o’clock at night, nothing to eat, and you’re a stress induced, hangry mess.  Seamless Web feels like the easy answer.  Honestly, it is the easy answer.  But the right answer?  Something with honey mustard.  And with pretzels.  And with chicken.

Do you see where I’m going here?

Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Pretzels 1.1

Maybe it’s just me, but pretzels & honey mustard are an unbeatable combo.  A little spicy, a little sweet, lots creamy, plus crunchy and salty.  It basically covers the entire spectrum of sweet and savory deliciousness, so I’ve officially become the most predictable person ever.  Go figure.

If it were up to me I’d gladly dip honey mustard pretzels into honey mustard dressing and call that dinner because I have no shame.  But the man in my life requires protein, so I try to accommodate.  Turns out dipping my dressing  and rolling my pretzels in chicken (see what I did there) ended up being a major decision.  Juicy, moist chicken tenders, a crunchy crispy crust, and the sweet taste of honey mustard.  No surprise – we ate them all.

Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 40 mins


  • 1 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins (I used Perdue)
  • 1 1/3 cups Honey Mustard Pretzels (I used Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Pieces)
  • 1/2 cup Lite Honey Mustard Dressing (I used Newman's Own)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.
  • PAM Cooking Spray to grease


  1. On cutting board lay out chicken tenders and lightly season with salt and pepper.  Transfer to large bowl, then pour over with honey mustard dressing.  Cover and allow to marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. When ready to cook, fit wire rack to a baking sheet and grease with cooking spray.  Next, pulse pretzels in food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs, scraping the sides with a spatula as needed.  Spread out pretzel crumbs onto large plate, then set aside.
  3. One chicken tender at a time, shake off excess dressing, then coat in pretzel crumbs before placing on greased wire rack.  Baked at 350F for 20 minutes, then broil for 2-3 minutes more until crispy.  Immediately plate and serve, pairing with extra honey mustard dressing if desired.

>> Only ~1/4 cup of honey mustard dressing is actually absorbed  in the marinating process - This is what I accounted for in the nutrition facts.  

>> If you don't have a wire rack and/or one that fits into a baking sheet, make sure you turn the tenders half-way through cooking.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 306 Fat: 11g Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 28g


Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Overhead 1.1


Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Plated 2.2


Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders - Sliced 1.2

honey mustard heaven.



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14 Responses to “Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders”

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    Olena@iFOODreal — November 5, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Very interesting ideas you got, missy.:) Love homemade chicken tenders.


    • Christine replied: — November 6th, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      thanks Olena!! these chicken tenders are really easy to make and perfect for a quick, healthy family dinner :)


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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — November 11, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Those Snyders pretzels are some of my favorite, so I have got to make this recipe.. just so I can snack on them while making. :)


    • Christine replied: — November 11th, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

      omg Pam I legit ate half the bag while making these – it gets dangerous, just warning you!!


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    Kendra @ Prepping Parties — February 26, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    This is a genius idea! I love those pretzels and nothing goes better with chicken tenders than honey mustard. I must eat these soon!

    Just came across your blog today and absolutely love it! Such fun and easy recipes. Can’t wait to read more!


    • Christine replied: — February 27th, 2014 @ 10:06 am

      so glad you’re liking everything Kendra!! these are seriously SO easy and tasty, you will love them :) looking forward to seeing you around here more!


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    Joe — March 23, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    These are dangerously good and easy to make. My sweat will be smelling like honey mustard by the end of the week :)


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    Dezy — March 25, 2014 @ 2:09 am

    Oh I love these pretzels! And honey mustard! I’m in the hospital for surgery and am on a limited diet. I’ve gotten stuck with a temporary Illeostomy, and have to have a weird diet. This fits the criteria! I can’t wait until I get home and can cook these! Gonna bookmark your blog too!


    • Christine replied: — March 25th, 2014 @ 11:05 am

      they are so tasty Dezy, you are going to love them! good luck with everything and be well :)


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    Gail — March 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

    This may be noted somewhere but I couldn’t find it. Don’t serve the dressing the chicken was marinated in with the cooked tenders. Throw it out and use fresh dressing.


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    Jamie — June 6, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    These are amazing – so delicious and flavorful, and so easy to make! I’ve made them 3 times now. My boyfriend loves them too and keeps requesting them. Thanks for the awesome recipe! :)


    • Christine replied: — June 9th, 2014 @ 11:02 am

      that’s great Jamie, thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know!! I hope you find more yummy eats around here that you can keep in your rotation too :)


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    Kathryn — June 29, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

    Is it 300 calories per serving, or for all 4 servings?


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    Denielle — September 2, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

    Excellent idea!!! Just made and they are delicious
    I did eat half bag while processing pretzels but that’s okay…loved chicken


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