It's like this: Everything's better on a stick. With pretzels.
Here’s a little tip for ya: If you’re getting bored of the same-old, same-old when it comes to food, put it on a stick! It changes everything.
That’s what I did for these, anyway. By putting the chicken tenders on sticks, I’ve revamped one of our fave weeknight meals into a fun tailgating food, party food or just fun food. Amazing, I know. I blame the Minnesota State Fair for my new love of putting everything on a stick.
But what I love even more about this recipe, you guys? That it’s oh-so-easy. While you're waiting for the game to start, you can have crunchy, salty crusted chicken with a sweet mustard sauce ready for your face’s food game. Or is it your game face? Doesn’t matter.
Are you ready for some chickennnnnnnnnnnnn??? *Cue Jock Jams here*
All right, first things first: Make sure you have all the ingredients you need and measure them out ahead of time.
It’s a small prep step that helps oodles as you create the recipe – not only are you sure that you have everything you need (so you don’t do as I do sometimes and make a mad dash to the grocery store mid-recipe), but you don’t have to stop every few seconds to measure things out either! Awesome, if you ask me.
To make the chicken tenders, insert a skewer into each tender lengthwise.
Season them with salt and pepper, then roll them in some flour. Dip them in egg beaten with a bit of Dijon mustard, then coat them with some fine-crushed pretzels.
Transfer the prepared chicken tenders to a wax or parchment paper-lined plate.
To cook the tenders, I love using a griddle so I can make all of the tenders at once (and the flat surface helps when you’ve got the chicken on sticks already). But you can also use a griddle pan or a very large skillet.
Cook the chicken in a bit of oil on both sides until the chicken is cooked through and the pretzel coating is golden brown and crunchy.
Oh man, I can’t wait to eat like 15 of these.
Finally, combine some honey and Dijon mustard in a small bowl, and serve! Chicken never tasted so salty, so crunchy, so honey-Dijony, so delicious.
Now get out there and make your teammates – I mean, friends – proud with your on-a-stick cooking skills!