Tot-approved Tenders

Tots are picky eaters…especially mine. Trying to ensure they get the proper daily nutrients they need is a battle. Uphill. In the pouring rain. With no shoes.

But, hey…you have to get that protein in them somehow, right?

These chicken tenders are a huge hit in my house, both with the big kids (a.k.a. Mommy and Daddy) and little ones, alike.  Dare I say, **tot-approved** (should be an official seal, IMO. I’ll look into it).

I like to serve these with a honey mustard dipping sauce and some sweet potato french fries (baked) on the side.


Tot-approved Tenders

w/ Honey Mustard Dipping sauce

tot-approved tenders

Prepare dipping sauce first and chill (recipe below).

While sauce is chilling, prepare chicken tenders.



1 lb chicken breast tenders (or chicken breasts, pounded slightly thinner and sliced into tenders)

1.5 cups all-purpose flour



2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I use Italian bread crumbs)

3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Canola Oil



Create a breading assembly line by separating into 3 shallow dishes the following: Dish 1-flour, Dish 2-beaten eggs, Dish 3-combined bread crumbs/panko/shredded cheddar).

Salt and pepper the chicken tenders.

Dredge, one at a time through flour and shake off excess.

Dip in beaten eggs. Drip off excess.

Dredge through crumb/cheese mixture and set aside.

Repeat with remaining tenders until all are coated.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Test for readiness by trickling a few drops of water in pan. When it sizzles, oil is ready.

Cook tenders in oil until golden brown on first side, then flip to brown the other side (about 4- 5 min per side, depending on thickness) or until no longer pink inside.

Drain on paper towel and cool.

Serve with Honey Mustard Dipping sauce.



1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon mustard

1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice

Combine, cover and chill until ready to dip away!

(Sauce recipe from


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