Citrus-Honey Chicken

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
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
Citrus-Honey Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Spritz tops with cooking spray until crumbs appear moistened. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown and chicken is no longer pink.
  3. 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.