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Hot Honey "Fried" Chicken Tenders
with lemony green beans / rolls

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Hot honey is hot right now, and we can see why! Its spicy sweetness takes so many foods to the next level, but it's most at home on crispy, oven-fried chicken tenders. Hot honey will last a long time, so whip up a batch tonight and make this takeout favorite whenever the mood strikes.



Chicken Spice Mix:
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp (not garlic salt)
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Hot Honey:
  • Honey - 1/2 cup
  • Red pepper flakes - 1 Tbsp , use more or less, depending on your spice preference
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce - 1/2 tsp , use more or less, depending on your spice preference
Hot Honey "Fried" Chicken Tenders:
  • Sour cream - 1/3 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Milk - 1/3 cup
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Chicken spice mix (ingredients listed separately) - 2 1/4 tsp + 2 1/4 tsp
  • Chicken breast tenders, boneless and skinless - 1 lb (sub boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced)
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1 cup
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1/4 cup
  • Foil - for roasting
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Dinner rolls, any type - 4 , for serving
Lemony Green Beans:
  • Green beans, fresh or frozen - 1 lb
  • Butter (opt) - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp


  1. Make chicken spice mix - Combine salt, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Marinate chicken - Whisk together sour cream, milk, lemon juice (portion for chicken), and first portion of spice mix. Add chicken and stir to coat in marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  3. Make hot honey - Place honey in a small bowl and microwave until just warm - ~20 seconds. Whisk together honey, red pepper flakes, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce. Store at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to use. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Green beans - If using fresh beans, trim the ends. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  5. Prep breading - Combine panko, flour, and second portion of spice mix in a large, zip-top bag. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C and line a sheet pan with foil. Place butter (portion for chicken) on top of foil and transfer to heated oven. Leave sheet pan in the oven until the butter is melted, ~3 minutes.

  2. Carefully remove pan from oven and swirl butter around the pan.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade, letting excess marinade drip off (discard any remaining marinade). Transfer chicken to bag with flour / panko mixture and shake to coat chicken pieces.

  4. Place chicken on the sheet pan with butter. Bake until chicken is golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Flip chicken and continue baking until chicken is cooked through, ~5 minutes more.

  5. While chicken bakes, place green beans in a saute pan with enough salted water to barely cover them. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer the beans until crisp-tender, ~6-7 minutes. Drain well and toss with butter (portion for beans, if using) and lemon juice (portion for green beans).

  6. Warm rolls according to package directions.

  7. If you'd like, warm the hot honey briefly in the microwave - ~15-20 seconds.

  8. Divide chicken among serving plates and drizzle with hot honey. Serve with green beans and rolls on the side, plus extra hot honey for dipping. Enjoy!



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