- Set up: Pour honey into a shallow dish. Combine panko bread crumbs with cayenne in a shallow dish. Melt butter in a bowl. Prepare a buttered baking tray.
- Bread the chicken: Coat each chicken tender in honey, then the panko-cayenne mix, and then place on the baking tray. Repeat this process for each chicken tender. Drizzle melted butter over each chicken tender on the baking tray.
- Bake: Bake at 400 F until the chicken tenders are golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
NOTES & TIPS
This recipe is a bit unusual because I use honey as the adhesive to bind panko bread crumbs to the raw chicken breast tenders, whereas the traditional way is to use an egg or milk based mixture. After coating each chicken tender with honey, it’s easy to roll in panko bread crumbs and have them easily stick to the chicken. As for the panko bread crumbs, I combined them with cayenne powder prior to breading to add some spiciness to the chicken tenders. These spicy-sweet chicken tenders are flavorful enough to enjoy by themselves, or you can eat them with a dip like ranch or barbecue sauce.