Honey Dijon Whiskey Chicken Tenders
I’m a sauce and all things condiments kind of person, and the sauce on these Honey Dijon Whiskey Chicken Tenders is IT. Sweet, tangy, peppery finger licking gooood! Once again, I’ve partnered with The Whistler to help you incorporate great spirits into cooking and baking!
This post is sponsored by The Whistler Whiskey, but all opinions are my own.
The Whistler whiskeys are family owned in the Boyne Valley of Ireland. This Irish Honey Whiskey is made from matured Irish Whiskey, and infused with honey harvested from the family’s orchard hives. Each and every raw ingredient sourced is 100% natural and 100% local. With flavors of caramel, candied almonds, and honeycomb, this whiskey is PERFECT for this sticky good sauce! Learn more about this Irish Honey Whiskey, and all their tasty whiskeys here.
The honey Dijon sauce is super versatile. Chicken tenders and wings are a no-brainer. Next time, I’m thinking burger, wraps, a smoky grilled steak, yum! It’s so good that it really will be delicious with whatever you decide to pair with it.
I used my favorite store bought frozen chicken tenders. They’re perfectly crispy every time. Drizzled with the honey Dijon whiskey sauce, then topped with toasted pecans for added crunch. Perfect for a game day spread.
We also enjoyed leftovers chopped up in a salad. If you love sweet and tangy sauces, you’ll LOVE this sauce. Add as much extra hot sauce as you like to kick it up a notch! You could also throw these Honey Dijon Whiskey Chicken Tenders between some sourdough and make a killer chicken tender melt!
Love to bake? Try these AMAZINGLY delish treats using The Whistler’s Irish Cream!
Thank you to The Whistler Irish Whiskey for sponsoring this post.
Honey Dijon Whiskey Chicken Tenders
Sweet and sticky Dijon honey whiskey sauce over crispy chicken tenders! Perfect for game day, and the sauce can be used on anything! Wings, burgers, or other proteins!
- 1 lb frozen crispy chicken tenders
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsps Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsps The Whistler Irish Honey Whiskey
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1+ tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 6 tbsps unsalted butter cubed
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional for added kick
- 1/4 cup pecans chopped & toasted
- 2 scallions chopped for garnish
Preheat oven according to your chicken strip package instructions. Line baking sheet pan with parchment for easier cleanup. Place an oven-safe cooling rack onto a large rimmed baking sheet pan (not required but helps cook the chicken more evenly without sticking or becoming soggy). Place chicken tenders on cooling rack. Bake for half of the required time according to the baking instructions on package.
While chicken is baking, prepare sauce. In a small sauce pan, whisk together honey, brown sugar, Dijon, Whiskey, soy sauce, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat over medium-low heat until it comes to a gentile boil. Remove from heat and add cubed butter, one cube at a time whisking until melted and combined. Season with salt and pepper, and cayenne for added kick (optional).
Once chicken has baked for half of the instructed time, remove from oven and brush tenders with sauce, turn each chicken tender to the opposite side, and brush with more sauce. Return to oven for another 10-12 minutes or until crispy and golden.
Baste with additional sauce if desired, or serve sauce along side for dipping. Sprinkle with toasted chopped pecans for added nutty flavor and crunch. Garnish with chopped scallions.
This sauce would be equally delicious on regular chicken wings, unbreaded chicken tenders or breasts. Would also be great tossed with cauliflower for a vegetarian option.