Last updated on April 19th, 2023 at 11:04 am
If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to prepare chicken, look no further than pretzel-crusted chicken. This dish is a delicious and unique twist on a classic favorite and will impress your family and friends.
Pretzel Crusted Chicken
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Shallow dishes for coating the chicken
- Cooking spray
- Mixing bowls
- Meat mallet (Optional, for pounding chicken breasts to an even thickness)
- Oven for baking
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups pretzels, crushed into fine crumbs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C)and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a shallow dish, combine the pretzel crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
- In a separate shallow dish, add the flour and set aside.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs and Dijon mustard together until well combined.
- Take each chicken breast and coat it in the flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip it in the egg mixture, and coat it in the pretzel crumbs, pressing the mixture onto the chicken to ensure it sticks.
- Place the coated chicken breasts onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Spray the chicken with cooking spray to ensure they are evenly coated.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the crust is golden brown and crispy.
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
- Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness: This will ensure that the chicken cooks evenly and that the coating adheres well to the meat.
- Crush the pretzels into fine crumbs: A food processor or blender can be used to easily crush the pretzels into fine crumbs. You can also place the pretzels in a sealed plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
- Use cooking spray to ensure even browning: Applying cooking spray on top of the chicken before baking will help to ensure even browning of the pretzel crust.
- Let the chicken rest before cutting: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. This allows the juices to redistribute and helps to keep the meat moist and tender.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce: Pretzel crusted chicken pairs well with a variety of dipping sauces, such as honey mustard, ranch, or barbecue sauce.
- Adjust the seasoning to your taste: Feel free to adjust the amount of garlic powder, onion powder, and other seasonings used in the recipe to suit your taste preferences.
Pretzel-crusted chicken is also a versatile dish that can be served in various ways. Try slicing the chicken and doing it over a salad or serving it as a sandwich with your favorite toppings. You can also do it as a main dish alongside roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.
When making pretzel-crusted chicken, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, be sure to use high-quality pretzels that are fresh and crispy. Stale or soggy pretzels won’t give you the same crisp texture and flavor.
Second, don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and spices. Add some garlic powder, paprika, or chili powder to the pretzel coating for an extra kick of flavor.
Can I use any pretzels for the pretzel crust?
Yes, you can use any pretzel you like. Just crush them into fine crumbs before using them in the recipe.
Can I substitute the chicken breasts for another type of chicken?
You can use chicken tenders or thighs instead of chicken breasts. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
You can use gluten-free pretzels and substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can coat the chicken in the pretzel mixture ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Just make sure to spray with cooking spray before baking.
Can I use a different type of mustard?
Yes, you can use any mustard, such as yellow or whole-grain.
Can I use a different type of seasoning?
You can experiment with different seasonings, such as smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or Italian seasoning.
Do I need to flip the chicken halfway through baking?
No, you don’t need to flip the chicken. Just spray the chicken with cooking spray to ensure it’s evenly coated.
Can I use a different type of coating besides flour?
Yes, you can use almond flour or cornmeal instead of all-purpose flour.
Can I make this recipe on the stovetop instead of baking it in the oven?
You can pan-fry the chicken in a bit of oil until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through.
Can I freeze leftover pretzel-crusted chicken?
You can freeze the leftover chicken in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To reheat, place in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated.
Final Thought On Pretzel-Crusted Chicken
Overall, pretzel-crusted chicken is a delicious and easy-to-prepare dish that’s sure to become a new favorite in your household.
This dish will impress whether you’re cooking for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. So why not give it a try today?