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Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Hot Honey Mustard

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Hot Honey Mustard are so flavorful and fun! Your whole family will love them. Crispy, crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, packed with mustard and pretzel flavors, and served with an addicting hot honey mustard sauce – these are weeknight perfection!



For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Avocado or olive oil cooking spray

For the Dip:

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot honey (or regular honey if you don’t like spice)
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce (any kind will work)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


For the Chicken:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set a cooking rack on top and spray it liberally with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Season the chicken tenders all over with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together the crushed pretzel crumbs and breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl or baking dish. Add the eggs, mustard, and honey to another bowl or baking dish, mixing well to combine.
  4. Dredge the chicken tenders through the egg mixture first and then through the pretzel mixture, pressing the coating to adhere.
  5. Transfer the coated chicken tenders to the prepared baking sheet and spritz them generously with the cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Flip the chicken fingers and spray again with the cooking spray. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crispy and golden.
  7. Serve the tenders while warm with the sauce on the side for dipping.

For the Dip:

Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.


  • For the pretzel crumbs, I place whole pretzels (use your favorite kind) in my food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Some larger chunks of pretzel are fine and will add a fun texture to the coating.
  • I like to bake these because I can make a large batch at a time. If you prefer the air fryer, preheat the air fryer to 400°F and add the tenders in batches. Cook for 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: chicken

Keywords: pretzel chicken, pretzel chicken tenders, pretzel chicken fingers, hot honey dip, hot honey mustard sauce