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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe

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This Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe takes your favorite chicken tender recipe and puts a crunchy twist on them. Pretzels, honey mustard and eggs create the coating for the chicken. This recipe can be made in the air fryer or baked in the oven. 

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe with honey mustard.

PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN RECIPE

You guys love my Healthy Chicken Fingers, Coconut-Crusted Chicken Tenders and Air Fryer Chicken Tenders recipes.

Today I am sharing these fun twist on chicken tenders with this Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe.

You will love the salty, crunchy outside crust that the pretzels create on the chicken.

I give you both a version for cooking these in the air fryer or in the oven.

My kids love these and were really excited to try something other than normal chicken tenders.

If you are a fan of everything bagel seasoning try to find the everything pretzel thins. This will add that extra flavor to the chicken. 

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe ingredients.

I personally love making these in the air fryer. I use my air fryer often to make recipes like this Air Fryer Cod, Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp and this Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato.

I love the crispy crust that the air fryer creates.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN RECIPE?

CHICKEN TENDERS: You can usually find chicken tenders at most grocery stores.

I buy about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds for this recipe and it feeds 4-5 people. You can easily double this recipe!

HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING: The honey mustard dressing adds flavor and also helps to hold the pretzels on the chicken. You can buy your favorite or make a homemade version

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe with dipping sauce.

EGGS: I used two large eggs. The eggs also help hold the crust on the chicken. 

BREADCRUMBS: I used regular breadcrumbs in this recipe. You could also use panko breadcrumbs for an even crunchier crust.  

SPICES: The spice mixture I added was paprika, garlic salt and pepper. You can add other spices like Italian seasoning, basil, thyme or oregano. 

PRETZELS: The pretzels are the start of the show. I buy the thin pretzels and sometimes I will use the everything seasoning which is a fun change. You can use any smaller pretzel that is a twist or stick.

You will want to create a fine pretzel mixture by using a food processor or small blender. 

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe on paper.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN RECIPE IN THE AIR FRYER?

In a shallow dish whisk together ½ cup honey mustard, 2 eggs and ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Add your chicken tenders to the egg mixture to coat.

Crush up the pretzels to a fine consistency (I used a food processor).

Mix the crushed pretzels with the bread crumbs and remaining paprika, garlic salt and teaspoon pepper.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe on a plate.

Coat each tender in the pretzel mix and set aside.

Spray the inside of your air fryer basket with oil.

Place chicken tenders in a single layer, not touching in the basket. I can do about 4 in my basket.

Spray the tops of the tenders with oil.

Air fry at 400 for 5-6 minutes, flip and air fry another 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Repeat with remaining tenders. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe in the air fryer.

HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER AIR FRYER CHICKEN STRIPS

You can store the leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you do need to store leftovers just reheat in the air fryer or a skillet before eating. The air fryer will help to crisp them up again.

WHAT IS AIR FRY COOKING?

A lot of people might be wondering how an air fryer works. It is similar to an amped-up countertop convection oven. Its compact space promotes even faster cooking.

The top of the unit holds a heating mechanism and a fan. Hot air rushes down and around the food which is placed in a basket.

The rapid air circulation helps crisp up food.

A lot of people compare it to deep frying food but much, much healthier! It also requires very little clean-up and most of the time the basket in the air fryer can go in the dishwasher.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe in hand.

IS AIR FRIED FOOD HEALTHY?

Air frying food is a healthy alternative to deep frying food in oil. You can air fry so many things from Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower, to Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes, to Air Fryer Donut Holes. 

My favorite part of using the air fryer is that the food can get that crispy outer layer that happens when you deep fry food.

When you air fry food it can cut 70 to 80% of the calories from the food and has less fat. You also are using no vegetable oil when using the air fryer which is much healthier. 

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THIS PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN?

Salads are a great addition to your dinner. They help you to feel full and satisfied. Some of my go-to recipes are Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Easy Lebanese Salad or an Italian Salad

Vegetable side dishes are an easy way to add nutrition to your meals. We love this easy Roasted Broccoli, Turmeric Cauliflower or Skillet Green Beans.

Potatoes are another favorite at our table. We often make these Smashed Gouda Potatoes, Spicy Lebanese Potatoes and Crispy Garlic Potatoes.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe with honey mustard.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe with honey mustard.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • ½ cup honey mustard dressing
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 cup regular bread crumbs
  • 2 cups everything bagel seasoned thin pretzels {or regular thin pretzels}, finely crushed
  • Spray oil
  • Honey mustard dressing for dipping

Instructions

    For the air fryer:

    1. In a shallow dish whisk together ½ cup honey mustard, 2 eggs and ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    2. Add your chicken tenders to the egg mixture to coat.
    3. Crush up the pretzels to a fine consistency (I used a food processor).
    4. Mix the crushed pretzels with the bread crumbs and remaining paprika, garlic salt and pepper.
    5. Coat each tender in the pretzel mix and set aside.
    6. Spray the inside of your air fryer basket with oil.
    7. Place chicken tenders in a single layer, not touching in the basket. I can do about 4 in my basket.
    8. Spray the tops of the tenders with oil.
    9. Air fry at 400 for 5-6 minutes, flip and air fry another 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
    10. Repeat with remaining tenders.
    11. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.

    For the oven:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
    2. In a shallow dish whisk together ½ cup honey mustard, 2 eggs and ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    3. Add your chicken tenders to the egg mixture to coat.
    4. Crush up the pretzels to a fine consistency (I used a food processor).
    5. Mix the crushed pretzels with the bread crumbs and remaining paprika, garlic salt and teaspoon pepper.
    6. Coat each tender in the pretzel mix and set aside.
    7. Place the chicken tenders on a baking sheet.
    8. Spray the tops of the tenders with oil.
    9. Bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes until cooked through and browned and an internatl temperature of 165 degrees F. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

You can use any pretzels that you want. I would stick with smaller pretzels because they are easier to crush {twists or sticks work good}.

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Nancy

Friday 19th of February 2021

Always enjoy your recipes easy to prepare with items you have on hand. You are very excellent cook, can’t imagine how you can think up so many recipes

Julia

Friday 19th of February 2021

Thanks! That means a lot.

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