Baked Pretzel Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

I’m cooking with kids all summer long, and I can promise you, this recipe brings them all to the kitchen! From cracking and mixing eggs, to bashing a bag of pretzels for the crunchy coating, to snipping chives with scissors, all ages can participate in making this dish. The crispy chicken is perfect with the zesty, sweet honey mustard sauce, and makes a great snack, lunch or appetizer. Be sure to check out my Kids Cook Along with Chef Diane video on YouTube to get all of the steps!

Baked Pretzel Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Serves 4 as a snack or appetizer

Ingredients for the chicken nuggets:

Olive oil cooking spray

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or flour alternative (gluten free, almond, coconut, etc.)

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 egg

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1/2 cup crushed plain, salted pretzels

1/2 pound chicken tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces

Ingredients for the dipping sauce:

3 tablespoons yellow, Dijon or grainy mustard

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon chives, snipped into small pieces with scissors

1/2 teaspoon Siracha or hot sauce (optional)


Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil, then spray with nonstick spray.

In a wide shallow bowl, combine flour, salt, and black pepper. In another wide shallow bowl, beat the egg and mustard. In third wide shallow bowl, place crushed pretzels. Dip each chicken tender in flour, shaking off any excess. Next, dip chicken into egg, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Dip chicken into crushed pretzels, turning until coated and pressing so crumbs adhere. Arrange chicken in single layer on prepared rack. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Spray chicken with nonstick spray. Bake chicken until golden on the outside and cooked through, about 7 minutes. Carefully open the oven, turn chicken over and cook on opposite side for about 7-8 minutes, until nuggets are cooked all of the way through.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk mustard, mayonnaise, honey, chives and Siracha, if desired. Serve chicken with dip.

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