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Citrus-Honey Chicken

We raise heirloom-breed chickens, so I'm always looking for chicken recipes. This one with oven baked chicken tenderloins and orange and honey flavors is tops at our house. —Beth Nafziger, Lowville, NY
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs, orange zest, salt and pepper. In another bowl, toss chicken with orange juice. Dip chicken in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere; place on a greased foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Spritz tops with cooking spray until crumbs appear moistened. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown and chicken is no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until blended. Serve with chicken.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Chicken tenderloins, also commonly called chicken tenders, come from the breast meat closest to the breastbone. Tenderloins are white meat and taste just like chicken breast. Chicken tenders is a looser term. It may indicate ground or chopped meat that’s been shaped into a strip, breaded and fried.
  • For easy cleanup, spritz the measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring sticky ingredients like honey.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    2 chicken tenders with 2 tablespoons sauce: 326 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.
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    • Keri
      Sep 2, 2020

      This was fantastic. Sadly, I didn’t have orange zest, so added some citrus grill seasoning to my breadcrumbs. Next time, I will make sure to have oranges on hand to make the flavor pop even more. The whole family loved it and the sauce was GREAT too.

    • JShocinski
      Jan 3, 2016

      My family really liked this recipe. The sauce is a good compliment, I was afraid it'd taste too much like honey, but not at all. Quick and easy to make. I'll be making this one again soon.

    • browns19fan
      Dec 9, 2015

      We both loved these! My husband must have mentioned their great flavor at least three times as he was eating. The sauce is a perfect accompaniment. I used panko because they were the first bread crumbs that came to hand, but I'll probably try regular ones the next time. A definite keeper.