Garlicky Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Garlicky Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Isn’t it fun trying out new things in the kitchen? I’ve been playing in the kitchen with a new innovation from Land O’Lakes: Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, a seasoned butter and olive oil starter that makes cooking tasty meals quicker and easier. During the month of April, along with four other food bloggers, I’ll be participating in the Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge, and will be sharing my creations right here with you. I know I can get in a mealtime rut during the week, and we certainly get so busy sometimes that even getting a sandwich thrown together seems like a task. This challenge should give us all some great meal options to turn to during those hurried weeknights.

Along with the recipes I’ll be sharing here, you can follow the challenge on Pinterest and pin your favorite recipes from the challenge. It’ll be a pinning party of sorts! Check it out over at the Weeknight Wins Pinterest Board.

PLUS each week there will be an exclusive Weeknight Wins sweepstakes to enter. Be sure to check out the details for that below. (This week’s giveaway has ended.)



Before moving on to our first challenge, I have to say when I accepted the opportunity from Land O’Lakes to develop recipes using Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, I was a little skeptical. I go through lots of butter and olive oil, not to mention a cabinet and garden full of herbs and spices. Why would I use pre-packaged flavor options? Would it taste fake? Would it be oily and weird? I was surprised to find that with each recipe that I’ve worked on, I’ve been more than pleased with the results. Seriously easy, with serious flavor! I can totally see how Sauté Express® Sauté Starter will come in handy for those hurried weeknight meals, without sacrificing quality or flavor. Plus, they’re made with wholesome ingredients and come in pre-measured portions for easy, toss-in-the-pan cooking.

Now, for the first challenge: Please Your Picky Eater

I don’t know about you, but we have a picky eater and have been through the frustration of trying to cook one meal that will please everyone for years. It can discourage even the happiest of cooks.

One of the first things I thought of when I saw the picky eater challenge was how my picky eater has always liked to dip things, especially chicken fingers. Basic food that doesn’t touch is important to our picky eater too. (Sound familiar to those living with picky eaters?) But basic food doesn’t have to be bland food. So I answered the challenge with what I’m calling Garlicky Chicken Tenders with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, using the Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter.

Chicken tenders are quickly cooked in the sauté starter, then, the butter, oil, and seasonings left in the pan are the base for a simple sauce. Serve alongside colorful crudités for dipping as well.


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I also prepared a pan of our favorite Garlic Lemon Green Beans with the Lemon Pepper Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. They were perfect for dipping too. I ended up eating most of the batch of green beans myself.

Easy Garlicky Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

The whole recipe was on the table in under 30 minutes and disappeared much quicker than that. We couldn’t get over how tender and flavorful the chicken was. It was a totally picky eater-pleasing plate.

Garlicky Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce


You’ll find the printable recipe below, but first, the sweepstakes! Land O’Lakes will be providing a fantastic prize each week for the different challenges. Every week the prize will be a little different, so be sure to check back to see what it will be.

***This giveaway has ended.***

A winner has been selected. Thank you!


Garlicky Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
  • 2 squares Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter from Land O'Lakes
  • 1 pound chicken tenders (about 8 tenders)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Melt Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter in a sauté pan over medium until bubbling.
  2. Add chicken tenders and cook 3 minutes each side, or until done. Remove from pan, set aside, covered.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add the dijon mustard and honey to the pan. Whisk together until smooth for about a minute. Serve as dipping sauce.


Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of 
Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.

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    Although I’m sure it doesn’t count to say I’d make this exact thing, that’s what I would make 😉 So instead I will tell you that the ONLY way I can get my little boy to eat any sort of fruit and/or veggies is to give them to him dehydrated. Serve it with chicken and he’ll eat!

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    Rhonda says

    My daughter will eat almost anything but my son is a picky eater. Usually our fall-back is pasta with no sauce for him or chicken nuggets, but this would be a great alternative, or you could even serve it with noodles!

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    Salmon! I’ve already used it on salmon and it was so easy and yummy! I’ve taught so many picky eaters how to eat salmon at my house :)

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    Anne B says

    I’d make shrimp sauteed with Lemon Pepper Sauté Express® Sauté Starter and serve them with rice and a green salad. I love lemon pepper anything, and this would make it so easy!

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    Rachel says

    Easiest weeknight meal to please everyone is whole-wheat spaghetti with meatballs and a sneaky veggie packed sauce.

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    Camille says

    Lately my toddlers will eat it if meat is on the plate. The saute starter would be great for meatballs, meatloaf or burgers. That is also how I sneak in the veggies.

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    Ronna F says

    I love the Lemon Pepper Sauté Express® Sauté Starter! Some nights when I’m very tired I put together some frozen boneless chicken breasts with the Sauté Starter and, VOILA! Dinner is served in a jiffy!!!!

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    sammi says

    this looks delicious! I’d try it with saute express starters! (we love chicken)

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    Crystal says

    I would love to try the Garlic & Herb Saute’ Starter with chicken & asparagus. My son loves asparagus & as soon as the asparagus pop up in our garden this summer, this will be something I will have to try with the asparagus!

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    Cathy Schiffman says

    I would definitely try the Saute Starter with Salmon! My one picky eater (I have one out of 5) loves her meat, but vegetables stump her. I think I would try the Saute Starter on some broccoli or carrots to see if that makes the veggies a little more palatable for her.

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    This is such a quick, easy and delicious recipe. For my family, anything with pasta and garlic saute mushrooms will please the picky eater. I can’t wait to try the Garlic & Herb Saute’ Starter with my mushrooms, shrimps and spinach penne! :)

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    Yashica says

    I would saute some type of vegetables in the Garlic & Herb or the Italian Herb Saute Express

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    rondy says

    I love the garlic and herb starter and use it when I make salmon and white fish (any variety) burgers on sauteed turnips, one of my family’s favorite meals. First cook the burgers in garlic and herb, remove from pot, put in the turnips cut in french fry shapes and when they begin to become more transparent than opaque top with fish burgers and serve. My picky picky eaters perk right up at the table.

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    Jenne Kopalek says

    My son is the pickiest eater! A quick meal for us is curry chicken over rice. Simple!

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    Natasha J says

    My husband is a pretty picky eater so my go to for weeknights usually involves some kind of chicken. I like to roast chicken breasts in the oven and then add some kind of yummy sauce to serve with potatoes and veggies. The Sauté Starters sound perfect to put on my roasted chicken!

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    Elisa B says

    Grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese are always good fallbacks but this chicken looks like a healthier option.

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    So cool!! I would definitely love to try these! My concerns would have been the same as yours, so now that I know it will still taste amazing I am definitely wiling to buy some!

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    Oh my goodness! These look amazing! This is perfect for picky eaters. I know Little Buddy will gobble these up! Can’t wait to pick some of this up to try these chicken tenders for him. YAY!

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    Claudia says

    I’m thinking this would taste good sauteed with some cubed up red potatoes.

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    Laura S says

    Macaroni & Cheese with carrot sticks and fruit is our fallback. We would love to try the garlic herb butter. Thanks!

  21. 27

    Ann Summerfelt says

    Frozen fruit / yogurt smoothies will please most picky eaters.

    I would try topping popcorn with any of the sauté express flavors. Fried tofu with veggies and garlic sauté express could be good.

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    Kandi says

    As much as I hate to say it, my go to for my picky eater is pizza. But I do it in many variations including veggie and hiding broccoli under the sauce.

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    Cate Benda says

    I would try the Saute Starter with sauteed vegetables. I bet it would be great on broccoli.

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    Mary says

    My kids aren’t picky eaters, they’re used to me trying out new recipes every week and love to help cook! I bet we could come up a fun recipe of our own using the saute express and the le creuset!

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    Rhonda says

    Chicken nuggets are our go-to for picky eating, but this recipe looks like it could please everyone!

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    Cathy Schiffman says

    Quiche is one of my favorite ways to incorporate veggies that are not always favorites of my kiddos! I always saute them, so Saute Express would be perfect for this) and then fold them into the eggs with cheese. Tonight we are having a kale and cheddar quiche with our fried potato hash!

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    wenderly says

    Oh heavens does this ever look like the perfect weeknight rush solution! I would love to try making some chicken kabobs with the lemon pepper saute express! GORGEOUS recipe!

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    Kristin says

    I’d love to try tossing some cooked pasta in these starters…..delicious taste, little effort!

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    I love these new saute express butter packs. I always make some sort of sauce to get my picky eaters to eating, like barbecue, ranch or something like that.

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    My 3 year old will eat any veggies so I’m not worried there but my 6 year old, man, if I hear “what’s in it?” one more time that boy might be eating his own tongue soon! These sounds great. I want them.

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    Ann says

    I cannot wait to try sauté express, I love garlic and herb. My son is very picky but he love chicken and I think he would like it. I am going to make it with some roasted asparagus.

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    Ina says

    Oh this recipe sure looks good & if I would win this giveaway I would try this recipe almost right away…. love trying new ideas…

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    That butter looks incredibly tasty. I’d probably just toss a few green beans in first. Um, then some broccoli. Brussels. Oh, you know, let’s just do the entire produce section. I don’t think you could go wrong.

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    Cathy Schiffman says

    I’m getting excited about these Saute Express squares. How convenient to throw together a quick, delicious meal that the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. I could see using this new Land O’Lakes product with shrimp, kale or spinach and maybe even some really fresh turnips. Yum!

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    Stacia Chavarria says

    My boyfriend is a complete picky eater! I’ve been wanting to use the Garlic and Herb Saute Express to make a pan seared chicken with green beans and mashed sweet potatoes. He usually isn’t a huge fan of garlic or veggies, but whenever it’s paired with chicken and herbs he seems to forget what he doesn’t like! The same thing goes with our go-to week night dinner of slow roasted beef with onions, carrots, and potatoes. Puts my dutch oven into overdrive mode most week nights.

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    Kristin says

    Looks delicious! I’ve got a picky 1-year-old (aren’t they all?). I’ve noticed that if she thinks she’s eating off MY plate, she’ll give the food a try. So, if she gets picky, we just put her food on our plates. :)

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    Kim McCallie says

    I would use the Lemon Pepper to Saute Express to whip up a simple tilapia dish!

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    Cathy Schiffman says

    I think the Garlic Herb would be great to saute a huge variety of veggies; just a huge mix of fresh vegetables all sauteed in the Saute Express. Served with steamed rice! Yum! Yea, my kids would eat that.

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