Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders

Do your kids love chicken tenders as much as mine? If they are ever on a restaurant menu, my son Charlie will order them. This always struck me as funny since he is my adventurous eater at home. Then it hit me: we never eat chicken tenders at home, so why wouldn’t he order them? If I made them at home, he would get his “fix” there and then order other items when he eats out. I mean, that’s what I always do – order something I don’t make at home. The lightbulb finally went off for me, and these Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders are the delicious solution to my dilemma. Nothing makes my son happier than seeing chicken tenders on his plate for dinner. It’s the perfect weeknight meal when we have 3 different places to be. Easy to make, they taste great and let us bypass the drive-through, which is great for a whole host of reasons!

The best thing about these Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders is the flavor: the perfect sweet maple and savory mustard blend that doesn’t overpower mild palates. And Charlie doesn’t even dip them in ketchup…can you believe that one? Full disclosure here: they aren’t just for kids; I love them too. Why should they have all the fun? 

I’m not sure why it took so long to figure out the reason Charlie always orders chicken tenders, but I guess better late is always better than never. Somehow I have the feeling that when he gets older I’m going to wish he would order the chicken off the kids menu. It would help the dinner bill quite a bit.

Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4

Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders

Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko crumbs
  • 1 20-ounce package chicken tenders


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients. Add chicken and marinate for 30 minutes -1 hour. The longer they marinate, the more intense the flavor.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade and coat in Panko crumbs.
  3. Bake for 20 min or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve immediately.