Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce

"I haven’t been this excited for Friday since last Friday!!! I made a huge batch of these to hold the kids over until 10 minutes from now when they are all hungry again. Soaking them in buttermilk first helps tenderize the chicken and acts as a glue to hold he cornflakes on"
-- @dianemorrisey

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Leftover chicken tenders will put a smile on your kids' faces at lunchtime. So go ahead, make a double batch and be ready for lunchbox packing!
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  • 3 chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
  • 2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 4 cups cornflakes (put in a large ziplock bag and smashed with a measuring cup or meat mallet)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • some cooking spray for baking
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • Step 1

    Mix the Dijon and honey together in a bowl and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Pour the buttermilk in a bowl; add hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, and season generously with salt and pepper.

  • Step 3

    Add the chicken to the buttermilk and stir to coat. Marinate for an hour.

  • Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment and coat with cooking spray.

  • Step 5

    In a large bowl combine the corn flake crumbs, the rest of the paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper.

  • Step 6

    Roll each piece of chicken in the crumbs to coat evenly. Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.

  • Step 7

    Coat the tops of the chicken tenders with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, turn and bake for 10 minutes.

  • Step 8

    Let cool for about 5 minutes. Serve with honey mustard sauce.