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Hot Honey Pretzel Chicken Tenders

10 Minutes + 10 Minutes Cooking

super easy


These air-fryed Hot Honey Pretzel Chicken Tenders are full of flavor and drizzled with homemade hot honey sauce that tastes like magic! This recipe is an exciting twist on your classic chicken tenders, they offer a mouthwatering blend of sweet, salty, and just a hint of spice. Perfect as a comforting dinner, a crowd-pleasing appetizer, or a kid-friendly meal, these tenders are sure to impress everyone at the table.

Every bite delivers a satisfying crunch from the unique pretzel crust, coupled with the tender juiciness of perfectly air-fried chicken. And I amp up the flavor even more with a playful dash of mustard, creating a blend of tastes that’s absolutely irresistible.

The beauty of this recipe lies not only in its deliciousness but also in its versatility. Whether you’re craving the nostalgic crunch of classic pretzels or longing for the inviting warmth of gluten-free options, we’ve got you covered. Similarly, you can swap out the milk for your favorite dairy-free alternative without missing out on any of the taste.



Adjust Servings
600 grams chicken cutlets
2 eggs
50 ml whole milk
1 tablespoon mustard
150 grams salted pretzels
salt and pepper to taste
For Hot Honey Sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoon sriracha *or any hot sauce of choice
Nutritional Information
421 Calories
8 g Fat
41 g Protein
46 g Carbs
15 g Sugars


Season the Chicken
Preheat your air fryer to 200°C. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper on both sides to taste. Set aside. Crush the pretzels into small pieces. You can use a food processor for a finer texture, or place the pretzels in a zip-top bag and crush them with a rolling pin for a chunkier texture. Pour the crushed pretzels into a shallow dish.
In a separate shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, and mustard until well combined. Dip each chicken cutlet into the egg mixture, ensuring it's fully coated. Allow any excess to drip off. Then press the chicken into the crushed pretzels, ensuring it is evenly coated on both sides.
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That Crisp!
Place the pretzel-coated chicken in the preheated air fryer in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook in batches to prevent overcrowding. Air fry the chicken for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the pretzel crust is golden and crispy. You can check if the chicken is cooked through by ensuring it has reached an internal temperature of 74°C. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving. Drizzle with hot honey sauce (just whisk together the honey and sriracha) for an added sweet and spicy flavor.
Mark as complete
The texture of your pretzel crumbs can alter the end result. Finely crushed pretzels will adhere better to the chicken and create a thinner, crisper crust. Coarsely crushed pretzels, on the other hand, will give a chunkier, more textured coating. It's up to your preference!
If your chicken cutlets are on the thicker side, it might take a bit longer to cook through. To ensure even cooking, you could pound the chicken to an even thickness before you start the coating process.
When air frying, make sure not to overcrowd the basket. Overcrowding can result in uneven cooking. If necessary, cook in batches.
If you're not a fan of mustard, you can replace it with mayonnaise or Greek yogurt in the egg mixture.
Cool the leftover chicken tenders completely before storing. Place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag and refrigerate. They will last for up to 3-4 days.

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