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Popcorn & Pretzel Chicken Tenders

 Popcorn & Pretzel Chicken Tenders
My daughter, Alivia, thought it would be tasty fun to coat chicken tenders with two of our favorite movie-watching snacks, popcorn and pretzels. Crunchy and crispy, they bring on a lot of smiles when served with a creamy and sweet mustard sauce. —Suzanne Clark, Phoenix, Arizona
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + marinating Bake: 20 min.


  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 4 cups miniature pretzels, crushed
  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn, crushed
  • Cooking spray


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes. In a small bowl, mix
  • yogurt, preserves and mustard; refrigerate until serving.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large shallow dish, combine crushed
  • pretzels and popcorn. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding
  • marinade. Dip both sides of chicken in pretzel mixture, patting to
  • help coating adhere. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet;
  • spritz with cooking spray.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until coating is golden brown and chicken is no

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Popcorn & Pretzel Chicken Tenders (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • longer pink. Serve with sauce. Yield: 6 servings (1 cup sauce).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 296 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 33 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.