Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

I am always looking for fun and easy ways to make chicken here. So I decided to put a really fun twist on chicken tenders by making simple baked pretzel crusted chicken tenders! My bff’s guest post on kid friendly baking inspired me to cook some kid friendly dishes this week. Since Marc and I are basically big kids anyway it wasn’t much of a stretch to come up with ideas, ha!

I prepared the pretzel crumbs for the baked pretzel crusted chicken tenders first. I used half a pound of crispy sourdough pretzels and put them into a zip top bag. Then it was time to crush them up with my rolling pin until they were a perfect crumb texture.
Because mustard goes so well with pretzels, I decided to make an amazingly flavorful Dijon mustard mixture for coating the chicken. That way the pretzel crumbs had something to stick to.
The chicken tenders went through the mustard mixture to get coated before I put them in the bag of pretzel crumbs. Then I just shook it all really well so that the pretzel crumbs thoroughly coated the chicken. Then I just laid them out on my baking sheet in a single layer. That was all there was to putting together these baked pretzel crusted chicken tenders!

The chicken baked for 30 minutes. It cooked through completely and the pretzel crumbs crisped up gorgeously! Then I served them immediately while they were still hot and had great texture. Oh my goodness, these baked pretzel crusted chicken tenders may be kid friendly but they were great for us adults too. I loved how the mustard mixture played off of the pretzel crumbs for loads of flavor. I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did! xoxo

Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders


5 from 1 vote
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These baked pretzel crusted chicken tenders are so simple and yummy! The chicken is slathered in a mustard mixture before getting coated in pretzel crumbs.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders, Chicken Tenders
Servings: 4
Calories: 371 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 8 ounces crispy sourdough pretzels
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 and line a sheet tray with a silicone mat. Put the pretzels into a zip top bag and use a rolling pin to completely crush them into crumbs. Then combine the mustard, honey, salt, dried onion, dried tarragon and smoked paprika in a large, shallow bowl. Take the chicken tenders and dredge each of them through the mustard mixture to coat them before transferring them into the bag of crumbs. When all of the chicken is coated and in the bag of crumbs, close the bag and give it a good shake to make sure the chicken is well crusted in the pretzels. Place the chicken on the prepared sheet tray and bake it for 30 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.6g7%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 1730mg75%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 49.2g16%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 34g68%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


6 thoughts on “Baked Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders”

  1. Oh yum! I’ve been making mine with crushed tortilla chips, but like the idea of the pretzels + mustard a lot — maybe I’ll try it next time!

  2. Oh, this looks good! I would never have thought about using pretzels as the base! Will definitely be giving this a try, as my toddler is a chicken strip fanatic at the moment!

  3. I like this ‘baked’ pretzel version of chicken tenders, good one Leigh! ?
    It comes together so easily and quickly, my kind of recipe.
    I always have chicken in my freezer, I just can’t seem to pass up on all the grocer’s sales for chicken.
    Pretzels are a must for hubby, so they’re always in my pantry
    Talk about a win-win for me. ?

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