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Jan 16

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

 Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders on a plate with sauce

These easy homemade Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders are full of flavor and can be cooked in the air fryer or baked in the oven! You’ll love that these tenders have honey mustard flavor built right into the coating for maximum taste. My 4.5 year old recently decided she doesn’t like “home chicken” (aka chicken that’s not a fried nugget), but even she liked these! Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders taste great on their own, with your favorite dipping sauce, cut up on a salad, or bundled in a wrap with lettuce and tomato. They’re so versatile! Plus, a serving of these tenders is just 254 calories or 3 Points on the WW program. To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Honey Mustard Chicken Tender getting dipped

Recipe Notes

  • Oven-Baked or Air-Fried? I tested this recipe in the oven and the air fryer and they both turned out great! I slightly prefer the air fryer because it gets them a bit crispier all the way around, so that’s my preferred method. However, if you don’t have an air fryer don’t fret, your oven will still do a great job on these.
  • Do I need to pre-heat my air fryer? I’ve seen lots of mixed information about this. Some sources say you absolutely must pre-heat your air fryer and some say you needn’t bother. I think it probably depends on the brand of air fryer you own, so you may want to check your manual. I have a COSORI brand air fryer and do not pre-heat for this recipe. I see that Philips brand also says you don’t need to pre-heat. If you’re not sure about your particular model, feel free to just run it for a few minutes before you add the chicken tenders to be sure.
  • Mustard: You can use your favorite type of mustard in this recipe! I used yellow mustard (I love yellow mustard), but feel free to use Dijon or brown mustard if that’s what you prefer or have on hand. If you’d like a stronger mustard flavor you can also replace one tablespoon of the Greek yogurt with an additional tablespoon of mustard.
  • Bread Crumbs: I love using cornflake crumbs because they add a bit of sweetness and flavor with the crunch and taste great with honey mustard. Cornflake crumbs are sold in stores already in crumb form, so there’s no need to crush your own! Look by the other breadcrumbs. If you’d like to substitute panko or regular bread crumbs that should work just fine.

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders ready to coat

Serving Size

I know people will want to know “how many chicken tenders are in a serving?” I decided to post the serving size by weight, because whether you buy chicken tenderloins pre-cut or cut your own tenders from chicken breasts, the size of each tender may vary. This recipe uses 20 ounces of raw chicken strips and for me this was 12 tenders. When breaded and cooked, the finished tenders weighed a little over 21 ounces total, so each serving was about 5.25 ounces by weight. For me, this was three tenders each. If your chicken strips are larger or smaller the number per serving may vary.

Chicken Tenders

Raw chicken tenderloins are sold in the meat section of most grocery stores, so definitely feel free to just grab those for this recipe. I often buy big bulk packs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at my grocery store and then use kitchen shears to trim them down into the shapes and sizes I use frequently in recipes. It’s cheaper to buy the breasts in bulk and since I use chicken breasts a lot in my recipes it makes sense for me! I generally cut the big chicken breasts into either 5-6 ounce cutlets or into strips like the ones used in this recipe (between 1.5-1.8 ounces each). Anything chicken that is cut off to make those I then cut into small chunks to make chicken bites. It’s easy to weigh out 1 lb or more of chicken chunks or tenders and some 5 oz cutlets and freeze them for later in quart size freezer bags. That way, I always have some cutlets, tenders, and chicken bites on hand to use in my recipes!

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders plated

Looking for more tasty, lightened up recipes using chicken breasts? Check out my Mexican Street Corn ChickenCheesy Broccoli Stuffed ChickenLemon Pepper Chicken BitesBaked Chicken TendersCrispy Onion Dip ChickenNashville Hot Chicken BitesCrispy Chicken ParmesanApple and Brie Stuffed ChickenMaple Dijon Chicken and Squash SkilletStrawberry Balsamic Grilled ChickenBlackened Chicken BitesRicotta Stuffed Chicken BakeLemon Garlic Chicken and Beans SkilletCream Cheese and Herb Stuffed ChickenTuscan Olive ChickenBarbecue Bacon Wrapped Chicken TendersPimento Cheese Stuffed ChickenCream Cheese Stuffed Everything Chicken, and many more in the Chicken section of my recipe index!

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders on a plate with sauce
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Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

These easy homemade Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders are full of flavor and can be cooked in the air fryer or oven!


  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mustard, (I used yellow mustard, but Dijon or brown mustard can be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1.25 lbs raw boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins, (you can also buy breasts and cut them into strips)
  • cup cornflake crumbs, (these are sold by the other bread crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder, (such as Colman’s – found by the spices)
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • In a mixing bowl, add the yogurt, mustard, honey, and mayonnaise and stir together to combine. Once fully mixed, add the uncooked chicken tenders to the bowl and stir to coat. Cover the bowl or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to a day.
  • When ready to make the tenders, in a shallow dish, stir together the cornflake crumbs, dry mustard, parsley, paprika, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed.
  • One at a time, take the honey mustard-coated chicken strips and press them into the dish of corn flake crumbs and flip so that both sides are coated in crumbs.
  • Air Fryer: Transfer the crumb-coated strips to the basket of your air fryer in a single layer without the tenders touching each other. My air fryer basket fit six tenders comfortably with space around them, so I was able to cook the tenders in two batches of six (12 tenders total). When you have a batch of chicken tenders positioned correctly in the air fryer basket, lightly mist them with cooking spray. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip the tenders over and continue to cook your tenders for another 5-6 minutes until cooked through.
    Oven: Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. When all the chicken tenders are coated and on the baking sheet, spray the tops of them with cooking spray and place in the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through.


WW Points per serving*: 3 (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
Nutrition Information per serving*:
254 calories, 17 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 34 g protein, 0 g fiber, 257 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
Weight Watchers Points Plus (an older plan):
6 per serving* (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)
*Since people may cut/buy different sized chicken tenders, I recommend determining the servings by weight. My finished tenders weighed a little over 21 ounces, so each serving was about 5.25 ounces by weight. For me this was around 3 tenders.
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23 comments on “Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders”

  1. Tried tonight – a nice change from my usual breaded cutlets. Love that the corn flakes add extra crunch. Served over salads. Will be making again. 5 stars

  2. Can’t wait to try these! But, the *massive* amount of pop-up ads REALLY interfere with trying to read the post/recipe. I counted 10 in about 4 minutes.

    You deserve compensation, but it also is a big turn-off as well as frustrating.

  3. These chicken tenders were so easy to make and super delicious! It will definitely become one of our family’s favorite recipes.5 stars

  4. For me, everything dipped with honey mustard is extremely delicious, especially the ones made with chicken. If you have not eaten this dipping sauce, you can rest assured that it is not spicy and not as sweet as you think.5 stars

  5. Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders is the best food I have ever known. I followed your recipe and made it. It is super delicious and crispy.

  6. Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders is super delicious and crispy. I followed your recipe and made it.

  7. This was a hit! Will be making this regularly. Can’t wait to try it in the air fryer next time.

    I did not have Greek yogurt on hand, so I used light sour cream instead. It still tasted great!5 stars

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  9. It’s easy to make this dish. I will try it next day.5 stars

  10. Wow! It’s so yummy5 stars

  11. great

  12. I found the post to be excellent, and I greatly appreciate the shared information.

  13. I get ideas from people who make new things. How great it is to see something new being made

  14. You can rest assured that it is not spicy and not as sweet as you think.5 stars

  15. Is there anyone who can’t eat mustard like me?5 stars

  16. Wow, what an interesting recipe. It looks delicious. I love cooking. I’ve made a lot of things before, but this is the first time I’ve seen this.5 stars

  17. How does one know which point system they are on? I just joined WW online using the app and when I put in the nutrition information listed in the recipe to create a food, it said one serving was 6 pts.

    I didn’t know how to track it other than doing it that way.

    Thanks for any help.

    • That doesn’t really work because using the nutrition info doesn’t account for zero point foods. I have inked to view the recipe along with the current WW points per serving directly on the WW site/app both in the body of the post and following the recipe instructions. Just click the link to see the current points and you can track right from there! I’ve also listed the current WW points in both spots as well.

  18. Thank you Emily,
    I had tried that link at the end of the recipe but it just took me to my app, however, after reading your reply I tried the link in the body of the post and that link worked for me. 
    Thank you.

  19. I found the post to be excellent, and I greatly appreciate the shared information.

  20. I consider the content to be of high quality, and I am extremely grateful for the information that was provided.

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