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Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops

This kid-friendly baked chicken tenders recipe that is loaded with flavor and is fun to make! Cheesy Pretzel Baked Chicken Tenders (on a stick) with Honey Mustard Sauce are a crispy addition to your back-to-school menu.

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It’s time for another Kitchen Conversation with Land O’Lakes! We’re talking about going back to basics for back-to-school. And, even though we don’t want to think about it YET, school is right around the corner. My family is busier than ever each fall, so I like recipes that the whole family can help prepare in a hurry.

My kids and I have been cooking up a storm all summer, making treats with fresh summer berries and grilled backyard favorites.

Now that they are getting older (8 and 10,) I’ve loosened the reigns and let them take on a little more responsibility in the kitchen.

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My 10 year old will come down in the morning and immediately start cracking eggs to make scrambled eggs “all by herself.”

Yes, it makes me a tab bit nervous watching her stand over the stove on a stool. I just remind myself she has been in cooking class, with mommy as the teacher, her entire life.

It’s time she’s allowed to cook certain things on her own.

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Both of my kids love to help cook dinner. Especially when it’s a kid-friendly dish that is fun to make, and even more fun to eat!

We recently created these Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce using cheese crackers, pretzels, and sweet cream Land O Lakes® Butter for a crunchy savory crust.

These baked chicken tenders are perfect for celebrating back-to-school. Can you believe summer is almost at an end? At least for school-age children.

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These baked chicken tenders are so easy to make that the kids really can do it all.

(If you don’t want your little ones touching raw chicken, place the chicken tenders on the skewers before they start.)

  • They can mix up the Greek yogurt “glue” and paint it on the chicken with a basting brush.
  • They can pound the cheese crackers and pretzels into crumbs.
  • They can hold the sticks and dip the chicken tenders into the crumbs, then dip them in melted Land O Lakes® Butter for a rich crispy crust.
  • An older child can even carefully place the baking sheet in the oven.
  • Once the chicken tenders are in the oven, your little one can stir up the honey mustard sauce for a completely child-made dinner.

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My two babies were proud of the dinner they made… and so was mommy!

The first time we made these baked chicken tenders, we tried three crust variations: just cheese cracker breading, just pretzel breading, and a combination of both.

After tasting all three, the kids decided the cheese cracker coating made the prettiest baked chicken tenders, but the cheese and pretzel coating tasted the best and had great crunch-factor.

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Cheesy Pretzel Baked Chicken Tenders on a stick, with Honey Mustard Sauce is a great meal to help your little one feel confident in the kitchen… and get mentally-prepared for back to school.

I have a feeling these will be on our menu a lot once school is back in session!

They were proud of the dinner they made and so was mommy!

Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops

Yield: 14 chicken pops

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


For the Baked Chicken Tenders:

  • 2 pounds chicken tenders (about 14 strips)
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed cheese crackers, any variety
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1 half stick (4 tablespoons) Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter
  • 14 bamboo/wooden skewers

For the Honey Mustard Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup honey


  1. Soak 14 skewers in water for at least 20 minutes before starting. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a small bowl, mix 1/3 cup yogurt with garlic powder and salt. Then place the cheese crackers and pretzels in a large zip bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour the crumbs onto a plate or shallow rimmed dish. (You can crush them separately and pour them onto separate plates if you like.)
  2. Place the Half Stick of Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter on the baking sheet and put it in the oven to melt the butter, 2-3 minutes. Once melted, tilt the baking sheet around until the melted butter has thoroughly coated the entire surface of the baking sheet.
  3. Insert a skewer through the center of each chicken tender, leaving the longest portion of the skewer on one end for a handle. Use a basting brush to apply a thin coat of yogurt mixture over the entire surface of each chicken tender. Then hold the handle and dip each tender in the cracker and pretzel crumbs until thoroughly coated on all sides.
  4. Press each chicken tender into the melted butter on the baking sheet, then flip and lay on the baking sheet so that both sides of the tender are well coated in butter, to form a crispy buttery crust. Arrange the chicken tenders on the baking sheet, alternating ends, so that all 14 are evenly spread out. Place on the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the honey mustard sauce and set aside. Serve the baked chicken tenders warm with a side of honey mustard sauce.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: A Spicy Perspective has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversation blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.

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132 Responses to “Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted August 5, 2013 at 4:11 am

    It’s pretty adult friendly too!


  2. Toniposted August 5, 2013 at 4:40 am

    My kids aren’t old enough to do back to school dishes yet, but I always looked forward to some of the cafeteria food as a kid. Italian Dunkers – cheese bread with meat sauce to dip in. Yum.


  3. Coriposted August 5, 2013 at 4:42 am

    No kids yet, but I’m hoping to make it a tradition to help in the kitchen on the weekends making bread for the week


  4. ashleyposted August 5, 2013 at 5:04 am

    i don’t have any children but my husband is a teacher. we are always happy for easy meals after work.


  5. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted August 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Such a cute and fun recipe idea for kids, Sommer!


  6. Mickyposted August 5, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I remember my mother making chicken with creamy mushrooms as a favorite school-time dinner. She would prep it early in the day and I could simply microwave it when I got home from after-school sports practices.


  7. DessertForTwoposted August 5, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Favorite back to school dish: quick easy quesadillas!


  8. Kelposted August 5, 2013 at 6:34 am

    It would be homemade pizza. thanks!


  9. emily willinghamposted August 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

    our favorite back-to-school dish is baked spaghetti – kids love it!


  10. Nora Bposted August 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

    We love making a big pot of chili!


  11. Jeanetteposted August 5, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Love how fun these are Sommer ~ can’t imagine any kid (or adult for that matter) who wouldn’t want one of these!


  12. Katieposted August 5, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I love using my crockpot on busy days. It leaves little work once I get home!


  13. Tieghanposted August 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

    These are s fun!!

    My favorite back to school dish is mac and cheese!


  14. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted August 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

    My kind of fun! Love it when the kids can join us in the kitchen. :)


  15. Mariaposted August 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Such a fun recipe for back to school!


  16. Riaposted August 5, 2013 at 7:32 am

    these look fantastic.


  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

    My boys would love these! So creative.


  18. naomiposted August 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Such a fantastic recipe, Sommer! I can’t wait to try it!


  19. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted August 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    We don’t even have kids and I still see this being a big hit at our house!


  20. Jenny Flakeposted August 5, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Wow! Love the creative addition of pretzels!


  21. marlaposted August 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    These are perfect! Especially for back to school!


  22. Susan Broughtonposted August 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Mine kids are grown but the easier the dish the better when you are trying to get their baths and feed them, and get their homework done!


  23. Heather Christoposted August 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I cannot wait till my kids make their own breakfast!! These look great- my kids would LOVE them!!


  24. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    These are perfect for kids and adults..and when i mean adults, i mean myself because I want to eat them all!!


  25. Stacyposted August 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Will be trying this soon!!


  26. ashley - Baker by Natureposted August 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I can’t believe it’s almost time for back-to-school already!!! So crazy how time flies! Also crazy – how good this chicken looks! Love the pretzel crust!


  27. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Sommer, I could go for one of these right now – they look so good!


  28. Ashleyposted August 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

    oh my goodness – YUM! I’ll definitely be trying these soon!


  29. vaishaliposted August 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Mac n cheese


  30. Gerry @ Foodness Graciousposted August 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Love this post and yes, I get a little nervous when my daughter, who likes chopping right now, is in the kitchen. A few minor burns and scrapes keep her in check though :(


  31. Sarahposted August 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Quesadillas and anything Italian.


  32. Kim McCallieposted August 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    My kids are all about spaghetti. That’s their favorite dish to have after school.


  33. Margot Cposted August 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Grilled cheese, it never fails


  34. Lindsayposted August 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    This is a fun idea, I love pretzels and never thought of using them to coat chicken.


  35. Mercedesposted August 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    These chicken tenders look great! WE love fajitas for an easy meal.


  36. Amberposted August 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Those look so delicious! We love baked macaroni and cheese for back to school!


  37. Susan H.posted August 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Kids are grown. They grew up on Mac and cheese and chicken tenders though. These look good.


  38. Trishaposted August 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Easy crockpot / one pot dishes that are a snap to prep and clean up with little fuss to putting it on the table!


  39. Yukiposted August 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    It would be spaghetti and meatballs!


  40. stacey m.posted August 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Oven baked BBQ chicken and corn on the cob!


  41. Maria W.posted August 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    My grandchildren will love these and I can’t wait to taste them, too.
    When my kids were young, macaroni and cheese with hot dogs sliced in were a favorite.


  42. Jeffreyposted August 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    We do a lot of homemade pizza, doesn’t matter what time of year. I usually get it ready while my wife gets the boys, we eat dinner early and are usually off to some activity. Another great meal is breakfast for dinner, one of my favorites for sure!


  43. Juli Vposted August 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Homemade chicken tenders. So easy and delicious!


  44. Katrina Vegaposted August 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    No kids yet, but we have some favorite dishes in my household. I think Ground Beef enchiladas are one of our many favorites. Can’t wait to have kids and show them how to cook just like my mom did with me!


  45. Jessie C.posted August 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Spaghetti and meatball.


  46. Denise Wilsonposted August 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    homemade pizza


  47. Kari Mposted August 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My kids are still too little for school but easy crock-pot dinners scream fall to me.


  48. tessposted August 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    my kids love eating chicken and rice in the oven- with cream of mushroom on top.
    tcogbill at live dot com


  49. Shellyposted August 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    My daughter isn’t school age yet, but we always love quesadillas as a quick and easy meal.


  50. cassie - bake your dayposted August 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is such a fun recipe!


  51. Colette (Coco)posted August 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    What a beautiful face!
    And a great recipe. I’ll bet these have a nice salty crunch.
    I’ll make some w my niece & nephew this w/end.
    Thanks, Sommer!


  52. Ash- foodfashionpartyposted August 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Such a genius to put pretzels. Your kids seems good in the kitchen, how cute.
    I have 2 boys and they love to help and it’s so much fun seeing them create food.


  53. Michelleposted August 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    That’s a creative idea! Its a good after school snack


  54. Eric Buchmannposted August 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Looks good!


  55. Lizzposted August 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    English muffin pizzas!


  56. Nikkiposted August 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    our favorite back to school dish is baked potato pancakes!


  57. Nancy Longposted August 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    the chicken tenders sound fantastic!


  58. Cindy Brickleyposted August 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Pretzel Dogs are a sure favorite.


  59. Sarahposted August 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    While I don’t have little ones, my favorite dish that reminds me of back to school is beef stew. It makes me think of fall every time.


  60. gina guthrieposted August 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    We love spaghetti and meatballs


  61. Martyposted August 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    We’ve always had shishkabobs as an end of the summer special dinner. Looking forward to doing it again this year. Thanks for the giveaway!


  62. Barbposted August 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    banana pancakes is my favorite


  63. Erinposted August 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Our fav back to school meal is pancakes and eggs for dinner


  64. Aleia Chambersposted August 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Tater Tot Casserole is my family’s favorite!


  65. Beth Lposted August 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Mac and cheese.


  66. Carole Resnickposted August 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    mac & cheese


  67. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted August 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Oh wow, Sommer! These chicken pops look incredibly tasty and totally kid friendly! What a delicious and creative dinner. I love it!


  68. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted August 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    These chicken tenders on a stick totally reminder of the movie What About Mary! We need more meat on a stick! Love these!!


  69. Smeyerignposted August 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    This looks yummy! Easy for the whole family to enjoy.


  70. KLposted August 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    stir fry


  71. Sandyposted August 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    My kids are more willing to try something on a stick. These are a must try, I know they will be a hit. Everyone can dip in their favorite sauce and be happy.


  72. Ninaposted August 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Well…these Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops might be geared for the younger set as it were but I have a feeling that my mature husband will jump on these also. Great idea. Will definitely be needing to “test” a few prior serving. Have a great day.


  73. Hollyposted August 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Homemade pretzels are a favorite back to school treat here at our house to welcome my little guy home again. Your dish sounds fun!


  74. Linda K.posted August 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    No special meals, really. Just the same stuff.


  75. BusyWorkingMamaposted August 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    As a full time working family we’re “in school” all the time. We like fish dishes and fresh vegetables for snacks!


  76. Kimiposted August 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    We always do some kind of pasta dish


  77. sarah K.posted August 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Pretty much the same usually fruit, and oatmeal,


  78. Marsha Lynneposted August 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    These look like a lot of fun..will add to next weeks new list of things to try.


  79. Melissa Mposted August 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    This looks so good! And Thanks for the giveaway


  80. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    This recipe looks awesome for our kids. For our entire family, in fact!


  81. Sunnieposted August 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    We like making homemade mac and cheese!


  82. Rustposted August 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm



  83. Karen Lynchposted August 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Ravioli Lasagna is their favorite.


  84. Candiceposted August 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Mushroom Penne


  85. barbara nposted August 6, 2013 at 4:44 am

    The night before school starts our family always has a pizza party!


  86. Jill Hartleyposted August 6, 2013 at 5:57 am

    MMMM a yummy pot roast sounds like a great back to school dish.


  87. Laurie {SimplyScratch}posted August 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Anything on a stick and my girls flip! So creative Sommer!


  88. latanyaposted August 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

    We enjoy tacos


  89. Marissa K.posted August 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Love chicken tenders. They look so yummy!


  90. Amber Wposted August 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe for the kiddos- thank you!


  91. Joannaposted August 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Baked ziti!


  92. Elizabethposted August 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Mexican Chef Salad!


  93. Pamposted August 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Chili and Cornbread is a favorite!


  94. Yashicaposted August 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Pizza or tacos in our house


  95. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted August 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I love these – especially the crunchy outside you get with the crushed pretzels!!! I can’t wait to make these for my son – he will flip!!!


  96. SammaMichelleposted August 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    ANYTHING in the crock pot. The crock pot is my busy fall schedule life saver!!
    I think my not so little people around here will love these and I can’t wait to try the Honey Mustard sauce with yogart instead of my normal mayo.


  97. Denise Mposted August 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    we always have breakfast burritos


  98. Renee Cposted August 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    We love to make tacos! Something about taco night just puts a smile on everyone’s faces.


  99. Mary Beth Eldertonposted August 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    back to school means yummy sandwiches for the lunchbox—maybe tuna salad.


  100. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted August 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Great giveaway! Fave back to school meal- salads + lean protein like tofu on top with tons of veggies


  101. Mary Rposted August 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    This is a recipe that I cant wait to try….well I have t wait until I go to the store and get some pretzels lol.

    My daughter is only 14 months old but one thing that my mom always did for my sister and I was to make french toast for us for breakfast for the first day of school. She’s a nurse so sometimes it was oven baked french toast that she could start when she got off of her shift and before we went to school. French toast is still one of my all time fav. comfort foods.


  102. Sarah Lposted August 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    We liked to make a quick vegetable soup with fresh produce from the last weeks of summer. It might have peas, green beans, zucchini, and cabbage, although it changes every time. Sometimes we’d add pasta or meat.


  103. Faithposted August 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    This looks so good! Paired with lightly cooked or even raw veggies or a salad would be delicious.


  104. Anneposted August 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    To me, back-to-school always meant peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Not very creative, I know, but there it is. LOL


  105. Charles @ The Local Forkfulposted August 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I’m intrigued. Who doesn’t love goldfish? And this kind of reminds of carnival food. I’m in.


  106. Gailposted August 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Sandwich made w/fresh tomatoes from the garden & a little mayo on homemade bread


  107. Allieposted August 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Mac & cheese


  108. Jen @JuanitasCocinaposted August 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’m a pasta mom when school starts back! Quick and easy!


  109. Maggie Wallaceposted August 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Our favorite back to school dish would have to be homemade overnight french toast made the night before for those quick mornings!


  110. Diane Wposted August 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Our favorite dish is one my Grandmother use to make year ago. Macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes made from scratch.


  111. Jymposted August 10, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Maltese ethnic dish, pastizzi!


  112. Sandi Grahamposted August 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

    These look delish! Love the chick on a stick


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  114. Tracyposted August 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Pronto Pasta Bake from an old Pampered Chef cookbook. Easy to do ahead and bake later.


  115. meredithposted August 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I love making soups for back to school since they are easy


  116. Kristinposted August 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy! We can’t get enough!


  117. Amy Lposted August 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Our favorite is meatloaf. It makes great leftovers for sandwiches.


  118. Carmenposted August 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Homemade mac and cheese


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  120. Barbara McCraryposted August 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    mac n cheese


  121. Kim | a little lunchposted August 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    My kids are beyond back to school age, but I love pretzels with honey mustard… and chicken tenders. (Plus a new set of baking sheets wouldn’t hurt and I love the lil’ “Gumby”-style whisk & basting brush!) Land’o’Lakes is also from my home state… Minnesota… what’s not to love about this giveaway?!


  122. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Oh wow, this is so clever :) I really love this idea!


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