Baked Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Sauce

baked gluten free chicken strips on a white plate with honey mustard sauce in a ramekin next to it

These baked chicken strips are a great gluten free alternative to the standard store bought chicken nuggets.  My son (and husband!) loves to eat these at night for dinner.

If there's one thing that frustrates me the most, it's having to make 2 different meals at dinner time. I try to feed my son what we are having for dinner that night, but sometimes the flavors are too mature for his palate, so I like to keep some more kid friendly options in the freezer. 

My son, like most kids, loves chicken nuggets (see my other recipe for these here). It's pretty hard to stay away from some of the frozen foods they sell when you have a toddler who wants to eat on his own watch, but luckily there are a lot of organic (and even gluten-free!) versions out there right now. This time though, I wanted to make a grain-free, paleo, and SCD chicken finger that both he and I could enjoy. I served half for dinner, and froze the other half for those unpredictable nights where he immediately throws the food I serve onto the floor!

*Update: If you can tolerate eggs, I suggest substituting the olive oil for 2 beaten eggs as this helps hold the coating on better. I've also found that if you place a wire rack over the cookie sheet and bake the chicken strips on the rack it helps get the coating even more crispy.





This recipe is being linked up this week to Allergy Friendly Fridays

Baked Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Sauce



Cuisine: American

Category: Dinner

PREP TIME: 15 mins

COOK TIME: 13 mins TOTAL TIME: 28 mins


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 4 teaspoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all of the spices and coconut flour in a shallow bowl.
  3. Pour the olive oil into a separate shallow bowl, and the shredded coconut into a third bowl.
  4. Dip each tender in the coconut flour first, then lightly shake off the excess. Next, dip in the bowl with the olive oil and shake off the excess oil. Lastly, dip the chicken in the coconut shreds and use your fingers to press press the coconut onto the strips.
  5. Place the chicken strips on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the chicken over and bake another 10 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven to broil, and continue baking for another 3-5 minutes until the chicken has evenly browned.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, mix the mustard and the honey in a small bowl.
  8. Serve the chicken strips hot with the honey mustard sauce or sauce of your choice!

Keywords: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, main dish, nut free, paleo, scd, kid approved, baked, chicken