Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

I’ve been distracted today by one thing. Boots. Tall dark brown beautiful boots. I’ve been window shopping online for weeks. Pinning fall fashion ideas for my make believe wardrobe. Fall is on the horizon. I even have my first pair of boot appropriate jeans. This means boot shopping is totally in my near future.

I not only blame Pinterest but many other bloggers for this awful totally awesome issue. My biggest problem will be one of my greatest downfalls. I’m completely and utterly indecisive. I drive my friends and family crazy with it. You have no freaking clue. I drive myself crazy with how indecisive I am. It’s horrible. There are so many boots out there, I’m not sure how I’ll decide. Flat or heeled. Sleek or slouchy. Plain or decorative. Dark brown, medium brown, warm brown, light brown, chocolate brown … too many shades of brown! But I know I want brown, not black. I need someone to just pick out my clothes and shoes for me. Life would be easier.

I somehow managed to stop boot gawking and battling with indecision to make these chicken tenders. If you love honey mustard, these will be your absolute favorite. Crunchy. Sweet. And oh so perfect. Reserve some marinade to drizzle over a salad.

More crunch makes me happy, so I made tenders. Plus, kids just love tenders more than any other kind of chicken. Do they think it’s not still chicken if it’s in mini form? You could make this as super thin filets too, slice and add to a salad. Whatever makes you happy.

Seriously. I’m lucky these pictures happened. The chicken kept finding its way to my mouth and not the salad. Bad blogger!

Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 4


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 C dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 C panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C plain breadcrumbs


  • In a medium bowl, combine mustard, honey, lemon juice, salt, cayenne and red pepper flakes. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade in a separate dish if making a salad.
  • Slice chicken in half to create two thin filets. Cut filets into 6-8 strips each.  Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Add chicken strips to marinade. Toss to coat well. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix panko and plain breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Taking one chicken strip at a time, toss in breadcrumbs. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until desired crispness is reached. After the first 10 minutes, flip chicken strips. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or on top of a salad.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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16 Responses to “Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders”

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I make parmesan-and-panko chicken pretty frequently for weeknight dinners, + this looks like a nice spin on that. i bet the flavors are just delicious. definitely trying!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

    yes, let’s talk about boots! As much as I don’t want summer to end boots are pretty much the best thing about fall. Let’s also talk about the fact that I’m going to northern Italy in late September where I’m going to be surrounded by fashionistas in Milan undoubtedly wearing boots that will make me cry with jealousy. Last time I was in Europe I came home with 3 (THREE) pairs of knee high leather boots b/c I couldn’t resist. Shoving them in a carry-on suitcase already packed for 12 days was interesting… This time I’m planning ahead and bringing an empty one.

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      Rachel — August 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

      You should do what I saw someone do for BHF – small suitcase packed inside of a large suitcase so she had plenty of room to bring back goodies!

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    carrian — August 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Panko is one of my favorites! I love how crisp and light your photos are ps. I’m not sure if I’ve already told you that. But they are lovely

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    Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook — August 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Absolutely one of my favorite combinations, panko crunchy chicken and honey mustard on salad. I make a variation of this, fantastic!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Oh these chicken tenders will make my chicken tender loving kids so happy! These look so good! I could live in my fall boots! I got a pair last year that I think I wore everyday. I would totally be distracted boot gawking too! :)

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    Julia — August 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I love chicken like this on salad with a honey mustard dressing, super yummy!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — August 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    These sound delicious! Pinned!

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    Cassie — August 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I’m not ready to give up my flip flops yet though!! I guess it’s just almost time to put them away. I’ll gladly trade them for these chicken tenders. Love these flavors!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Yum!! I love chicken tenders on salads and this is especially great that it’s in tiny chunks and it’s got the honey mustard – best way to eat chicken tenders!!

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    Marina — August 18, 2012 at 5:29 am

    It looks great, and I love those beautiful wooden bowls!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Fall fashion is my absolute favorite! My boots have been calling my name. And so are these chicken tenders!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I love this recipe for many reasons not least among them the fact that I have discovered upon creating some order in my pantry that I now have FOUR boxes of panko. This would be the perfect use.

    Fashion? Boots? Ha…I wear a size 11 shoe (I am 6′ tall if you were imagining me as an L so it fits) which means this. Black flats. Black boots. Maybe if I’m the luckiest girl in the world? Navy. Makes my life a whole lot easier it sounds like so I’ll celebrate that for the time being! :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Delicious! I need to make more crunchy chicken bites. I know Art would definitely appreciate that :) Now, boots. I love boots. However, I have fat legs and they always fit me weird. Sigh.

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — August 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Yum! I’ve made them with hot sauce too…excited to try mustard :)

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    JulieD — August 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Looks so good, Rachel!! I love honey mustard and these look perfect for a salad!

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