Baked Rosemary Walnut Chicken Tenders

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a million more times in the future (since I have a bit of a tendency to repeat myself!), but I get very bored, very easily with chicken.

As is probably blatantly obvious, we eat meatless meals more often than not. But, I do like to shake things up every now and then! Throw a little spice into our typical routine!

Healthy and juicy baked rosemary walnut chicken tenders! With a walnut & fresh rosemary breadcrumb crust and a creamy honey mustard dipping sauce!

And today’s baked rosemary walnut chicken tenders??? Soooo not at all boring! Now this is some chicken that I can actually get behind!

Plus, chicken tenders always remind me of growing up and heading back to school. One of my mom’s signature dishes during the week was potato chip crusted chicken tenders. My sister and I were both obnoxiously picky eaters, but that chicken? We would happily enjoy come dinner.

Which brings us to today! And a sort of updated version of that recipe from my childhood. Plus, it’s healthier and a dish that I think both grown-ups and kiddos can get down with.

We have chicken coated in a breadcrumb / walnut / fresh rosemary mixture. Gah, fresh rosemary is just the best, am I right?? After baking the tenders, you wind up with juicy and a touch crunchy chicken that we of course need to dip in some sauce. Some creamy dreamy honey mustard sauce to be exact. Which, might I add, goes swimmingly with so many things! Not just chicken. No sir.

Healthy and juicy baked rosemary walnut chicken tenders! With a walnut & fresh rosemary breadcrumb crust and a creamy honey mustard dipping sauce!

So, like always, let’s get to a few tips & tricks for this recipe!

  1. I love to chop the walnuts for the breadcrumb mixture in my food processor – it makes it sooo fast!
  2. As far as the actual chicken, I usually get about 3 to 4 strips out of each chicken breast (just depending on their exact size).
  3. Once you have all the chicken breaded and on the baking sheet, be sure to mist all the tops lightly with nonstick or olive oil spray. Don’t skip this step! It helps the chicken brown!
  4. Now, let’s talk bake time. I like to stick with the 13 to 15 minutes listed, since the chicken comes out so juicy this way! However, you can bake them a little longer, which will allow them to brown even more. Just be careful not to overcook the chicken – we don’t want it to get dry!
  5. And finally, the dipping sauce (!!). The greek yogurt adds a wonderful creaminess as well as a bit of tang. However, you can absolutely omit the yogurt and just use equal amounts of honey and dijon. It’s still great that way too.

Because let’s be real. Is dipping sauce ever a bad thing? I think not.

Healthy and juicy baked rosemary walnut chicken tenders! With a walnut & fresh rosemary breadcrumb crust and a creamy honey mustard dipping sauce!

Yield: 5 to 6 servings

Baked Rosemary Walnut Chicken Tenders

Prep Time:25 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:40 minutes

Healthy and juicy baked rosemary walnut chicken tenders! With a walnut & fresh rosemary breadcrumb crust and a creamy honey mustard dipping sauce!

Ingredients:

For the chicken:

  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • ¾ cup finely chopped raw walnuts
  • ¾ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt

Directions:

For the chicken:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then set an oven-safe cooling rack inside the baking sheet. Mist with nonstick or olive oil spray. Set aside.
  2. Lightly pound the chicken breasts so that they are about ¾ inch in thickness, then slice each into 1-inch thick strips. Set aside. Add the flour to a small bowl. In another small bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. In a shallow dish, mix together the walnuts, breadcrumbs, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Working one or two strips at a time, dredge the chicken lightly in the flour, then dunk into the milk mixture and shake off the excess. Dredge / press in the walnut mixture, using your fingers to press the coating onto the chicken. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with all the chicken strips, leaving room between each on the sheet. Once all the strips are on the baking sheet, mist the tops lightly with nonstick or olive oil spray.
  4. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes, flipping the chicken once halfway through, until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is lightly browned.

For the sauce:

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl until smooth. Serve with the chicken on the side for dipping!

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