Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Tender Pops

Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Tender Pops – A kid-friendly recipe that is loaded with flavor and is fun to make!

Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe
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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.

Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Dip | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe

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.

Easy Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe

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 Tender 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.

How to make Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe

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.

Kid-Friendly Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe

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.

Cheesy Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe

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!


Easy Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops with Honey Mustard Sauce | #kidfriendly #chickentenders #backtoschool #recipe
5 from 4 votes

Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Tender Pops

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Tender Pops Recipe - Kid-friendly baked chicken tenders recipe on a stick loaded with flavor and fun to make!
Servings: 14 pops
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Tender Pops
Amount Per Serving (1 pop)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Potassium 290mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Baked Chicken Tenders:
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders, about 14
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheese crackers, any variety
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter
  • 14 bamboo 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.

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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  11. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm Reply

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

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

    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?!

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

    mac n cheese

  14. Amanda Petersonposted August 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm Reply


  15. Carmenposted August 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Homemade mac and cheese

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

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

  17. Kristinposted August 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm Reply

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

  18. meredithposted August 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply

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

  19. Tracyposted August 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

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

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

    These look delish! Love the chick on a stick

  22. Jymposted August 10, 2013 at 4:42 am Reply

    Maltese ethnic dish, pastizzi!

  23. Diane Wposted August 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  26. Allieposted August 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Mac & cheese

  27. Gailposted August 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm Reply

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

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

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

  29. Anneposted August 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply

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

  30. Faithposted August 8, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

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

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

    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.

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

    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.