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Rosemary and Pecan Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dip

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeHello Monday! Is it just me or did this weekend fly by? I sort of feel like the week did too. On Saturday, we went to Union Market and had some really good food. My brother met us there and we sampled quite a few booths. My favorite? The bulgogi tacos with kimchi slaw from TaKorean.Β  Wes and I contemplated heading back there today under the guise of getting my knives sharpened, but really, we just wanted more of those tacos. The pistachio ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery was pretty amazing too. If you are in the DC area, a trip to Union Market is a must. So many amazing vendors.

Progresso asked me to come up with a new panko chicken tender recipe. Considering that this is how I almost always make them, it was not hard to do. My goal was to make something that kids and adults would both like. I love a chicken finger as much as the next girl, but sometimes I want something a little more adult to dip into honey mustard. I added some finely chopped pecans and rosemary to the panko crumbs and it adds a nice crunch and sweetness from the pecans. I will make a double batch of these and freeze half for later. You can freeze them unbaked or baked, it is up to you. It is a lifesaver to have some healthy chicken fingers in the freezer for busy nights.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipe4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved and cut into 1-inch strips
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup Progresso panko crumbs
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons honey
pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipePlace the chicken in a large Ziploc bag. Cover with buttermilk and 1 teaspoon seasoned salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Let it sit in the fridge for about an hour, even overnight is fine.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeI am really into this seasoned salt these days. I put it on everything. I got it at Whole Foods, and there are a few flavors, but the original is my favorite. They have no idea who I am, I just really like this salt.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeMix together the panko, pecans, rosemary, and remaining salt and pepper.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeDrain the buttermilk from the chicken. Dredge the chicken in the panko mixture.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeLine a baking sheet with foil, then add a cooling rack. Spray with cooking spray. Arrange the chicken tenders in a single layer.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeBake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeTo make the dip, just mix together equal parts Dijon mustard and honey.

pecan and rosemary chicken tenders with honey mustard dip recipeServe the chicken fingers with honey mustard dip.

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Rosemary and Pecan Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dip


Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved and cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup Progresso panko crumbs
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and buttermilk in a large plastic bag. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 425Β°. Combine panko, pecans, rosemary, remaining salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Drain buttermilk from chicken and discard buttermilk. Dredge chicken in panko mixture. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Lay chicken in a single layer and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. In a small bowl, combine Dijon mustard and honey. Serve mustard sauce with chicken tenders.

**This post is sponsored by Progresso. All opinions are my 100% own.**

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  1. Amanda

    January 28th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Dont think these could be more beautiful. I have never said that about chicken before. πŸ˜‰

  2. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    You are too kind to me! Thanks friend!

  3. Brooks

    January 28th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love Union Market, DC is a wonderful food destination in its own right. But these chicken fingers look full-flavored fabulous! What’s more, the ease of preparation and the option to bake or freeze is mighty appealing.

  4. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Me too! It is a great place. I hope you like them!

  5. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    January 28th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Rosemary and pecans are such a lovely combination. I’m all about recipes that I know my kids would eat and that I’d enjoy as well- I’m pretty sure they’d go for these! Hope you had a nice weekend.

  6. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Mine did, I am the same say. I really don’t like kid food. I like a chicken finger as much as the next person, but I can only eat them so much without being bored.

  7. tijuana (po' man meals)

    January 28th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    these chicken tenders look so delicious. the buttermilk marinade and that flavorful coating makes these tenders sound so yummy. i guess i am not the only one tired of boring chicken recipes. this one perked me right up. trying real soon!

  8. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I hope that you do! The buttermilk makes them tender and so good!

  9. lebon pequery francoise

    January 28th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    De dΓ©licieuses saveurs!

  10. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Merci!

  11. Jess

    January 28th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my these look SO delicious! I need to try them! πŸ™‚

  12. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    They are! And good for you to boot!

  13. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Amazing! I think I just found tonight’s dinner πŸ™‚

  14. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    That was easy!

  15. Dillan

    January 28th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    These look amazingly delicious! Definitely trying them soon!

  16. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you Dillian!

  17. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    January 28th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Chicken and rosemary go so well together, I don’t know why I’ve never thought of putting it in the breading! These look so great, and the honey mustard dipping sauce is so simple but mouthwatering as well πŸ™‚

  18. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    It is a nice change from the standard chicken finger. Hope you like it!

  19. Stephanie

    January 28th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I was sitting here contemplating my boredom with chicken and then this post came up on my blog roll. Done and done! Chicken is in the buttermilk now. πŸ™‚

  20. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    How fortuitous!

  21. Emily @ Hungry Delights

    January 28th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Looks light and delicious – can’t wait to try this one out!

  22. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    thank you Emily!

  23. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    January 29th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Walnuts on the chicken?? Glorious! I need to incorporate that into my next baked tenders experiment πŸ™‚

  24. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Yes you do!

  25. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    January 29th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I love the addition of the pecans and rosemary. So pretty and a fun way to make them a bit more grown up πŸ™‚

  26. Melissa // thefauxmartha

    January 29th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Craving these chicken tenders. May have to make these for my husband and I this weekend while we pretend to watch the game πŸ™‚

  27. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I am with you. I love the national anthem and then I am reading a book on the corner of the couch.

  28. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    January 30th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I love baked chicken tender recipes. I’ve been using one with just breadcrumbs, but the outside never gets crispy like I like it. Then I found one where you toast panko breadcrumbs in a skillet before dredging the chicken in it. It’s the best I’ve had so far πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I like the idea of the nuttyness in the crumb mixture πŸ™‚

  29. Kocinera

    February 1st, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Those look so yummy! And I didn’t realize that it was so easy to make honey mustard sauce. Cool!

  30. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    February 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    My rosemary bush is so big that I can’t ever figure out what to make with it. These look perfectly delectable! Thanks for the great recipe Bree!

  31. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Liam AND you will both love these!

  32. Lauren

    February 27th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Made these last night! LOVED them! Any recommendation on re-heating these? I feel like microwave is not the best option.

  33. bakedbree

    February 27th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I would reheat them in the oven.

  34. Vaishali Sengupta

    May 18th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Delicious.. and beautifully presented too!

  35. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    thanks!

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