These Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders are the perfect weeknight meal that take less than 30 minutes to prep and bake and are kid-approved.
With summer winding down, this month’s Recipe Redux challenge is to get families “back to the table” by showing one of our own family favorite recipes. Throughout the summer the lack of routine, at least in our family, means more flexibility with dinner times and bed times. It’s great on one hand, but also not easy to get back in the routine when the school year begins, which is why quick meals like these baked chicken tenders are a fantastic solution. And this year we have BIG changes happening with my oldest going to kindergarten! Yikes! I think it’s going to take me a while to get used to the fact that I have a kindergartner!
Regardless of whether it’s a school night or a busy day, I LOVE to make meals that take less than 30 minutes from start to finish and these chicken tenders are no exception. One of my families all-time favorite recipes are these Italian Baked Chicken Tenders. So of course I have tried coming up with various recipes using the same concept of the “crispy” yet still “baked” technique.
I actually bought the dipping sauce thinking it would be a great “dipping” sauce since I love anything with honey mustard flavor. But even dietitians make mistakes by not reading the nutrition labels too closely at times (at least I do when I’m rushing through the grocery store with 3 kids in tow hoping to make it out without a tantrum). Let’s just say I wouldn’t buy it as a dipping sauce regularly (nutritional content not worth it!). So since I had already purchased it I thought I’d find some way to still use it. That’s when I came up with the idea of watering the sauce down a bit and use it as a coating for chicken tenders. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when they turned out amazingly good!
The lesson to be learned is take the time to read nutrition labels carefully, especially the serving size (which is rarely what you think it should be!). And if you purchase something and realize later that it’s not as healthy as you thought, try to use less of it, or just don’t buy it again. One jar of dipping sauce isn’t going to make or break your health.
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