Honey and chicken make a dynamic duo in the kitchen. The use of honey in baking helps maintain moisture and increases browning. This recipe for Baked Honey Chicken Tenders uses honey and bread crumbs to create a moist yet crunchy dinner for your family. This super simple recipe is one of the easiest honey recipes to try-it’s sure to be a favorite.
Honey Baked Moist Chicken Tenders
Chicken is a very popular food choice when planning your family meals. The great thing about chicken is that it can be cooked in so many different ways. Fried, sautéed, stewed or baked, chicken is a dish full of opportunity.
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Honey can be used in almost any method of cooking but it is a great partner for baking. It helps lock in moisture and encourages even browning.
- chicken tenders
- Italian bread crumbs
- parmesan cheese
Chicken tenders: I used pre-sliced tenders but you can buy boneless chicken breasts and cut it into strips to make your own tenders.
Honey: It can be used in many different types of recipes and lasts virtually forever. I hope you always have a jar on hand.
Of course, honey is often used as a replacement for granular sugar. In fact, you can use honey instead of sugar and make some of the best Honey Scones ever!
Mayo: This recipe uses mayo to create a moist coating for the chicken tenders. Don’t be thrown off by the use of mayo. The amount used is small and you can use light mayo if you prefer.
After it is mixed with honey and bread crumbs are added, there is no mayo taste in the final product.
Bread Crumbs: You may choose to use seasoned purchased bread crumbs in this baked honey chicken tender recipe for simplicity.
If you do not have any on hand, you can make your own. Bake several slices of fresh bread in a 350° F oven for 15 minutes. Let cool.
Then place crusty bread in a plastic bag and use rolling pin to crush. You can add Italian spices if desired. Now you have fancy bread crumbs.
Steps to Make Baked Italian Honey Chicken Tenders
First, mix the mayo and honey together well in a medium sized bowl. Add in the chicken tenders and turn to evenly coat them with the mixture.
Place a couple of tenders at a time in a gallon sized plastic bag containing bread crumbs and gently roll to coat in the crumbs.
Tenders are placed single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkled with parmesan. Cook at 450° F for 8 minutes – turn then cook 8 minutes longer.
Baked Italian Honey Chicken Tenders
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 2 tablespoons Mayo
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Mix the mayo and honey together – add to a bowl containing the tenders and stir well – coating the tenders with mixture.
- Place the bread crumbs in a plastic bag.
- Toss coated tenders 2 or 3 at a time in the bread crumb bag.
- Place tenders in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over all of the tenders.
- Place in a preheated 425° F oven.
- Cook for 8 minutes – carefully turn tenders over.
- Cook for an additional 8 minutes – remove from oven. Enjoy
Your baked honey chicken tenders should come out moist and juice with a crispy coating. Pair them with your favorite vegetable side and you have a nice meal ready to eat.
Now that you see what it can do, don’t let that honey jar sit alone in the pantry – try more easy honey recipes. It’s time to try a Honey Chicken Stir Fry. Or maybe even some – Honey Cranberry Cookies!