Boneless skinless chicken breasts (or chicken tenderloins) are a fantastic protein option for anyone focused on eating a healthy diet. They are lean, delicious, easy to cook, and full of protein. I love my chicken recipes, and this recipe for Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders is one of my absolute favorites.
For this recipe, you can use either whole chicken breast that you cut into tenders or the smaller chicken tenderloins (often just called chicken tenders on the packaging). Chicken tenderloin is just as lean and nutritious as chicken breast, so it’s a great option if you can get it.
Chicken tenderloins need minimal prep before cooking, since they have little to no fat to trim off. Just toss them in an easy and healthy sauce or marinade and bake! That’s why they work so well for this Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders recipe.
Making the mustard sauce
The sauce is super simple. Whole grain mustard, tarragon, lemon juice, garlic, and paprika (sweet smoked paprika if have it!) are mixed together with a little salt and pepper to taste. Toss the chicken in the mustard sauce, cover, and bake for 15-20 min! There is no added oil or sugar and the flavors are full and complex.
Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders are fantastic over a bed of steamed spinach and brown rice or as leftovers tossed in some leafy greens for a healthy lunch. I especially like them in a salad, because the mustard sauce that the tenders are baked in makes for a great salad dressing!
I know some of you are probably thinking, “That’s a lot of mustard. Isn’t this super spicy?”. Well, it definitely has a little kick, but it’s not that strong. I have served it to many different people (kids included) and it has always been popular.
Of course, if you really don’t like mustard, I have a lot of other healthy chicken recipes to choose from here on TheFitBlog:
Healthy & Easy Chicken Recipes
This Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders recipe is super simple and deliciously spicy. The mustard sauce is perfect over rice or a salad.
- 1 lbs. (450 g) chicken tenders
- ½ cup (140 g) whole grain mustard
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
- ½ oz. (14 g) lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ tsp. paprika, sweet smoked if you have it
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- Optional: extra tarragon to garnish
Preheat oven to 425F (220C)
Combine all ingredients, except chicken tenders, in a large bowl and mix well.
Add chicken and mix to coat with the mustard sauce.
Place chicken and sauce into a large baking dish and cover.
Bake until chicken has cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. To check the doneness of the chicken tenders, cut one halfway through. If the juices are clear and the meat looks done, it’s ready.
This recipe was developed for TheFitBlog by Michelle from CupOfZest.com
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