Jul 062015
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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Strips

This recipe is a tasty dinner that both the kids and grown-ups will love! Not only is it delicious, it’s not fried making it a healthier meal option for your family. The kids love helping with this meal, too – crushing pretzels and dipping chicken is just plain fun and it teaches them some basic kitchen skills (make sure they wash their hands well before and after, of course). Add these Pretzel crusted chicken strips to your dinner rotation this week for a quick, yummy meal!


  • 1 ½ lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ cups pretzels
  • ½ cup white flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375°
2. Slice chicken breast into long, thin strips-about ½” wide.

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3. Season chicken well with salt and pepper.
4. Place pretzels in a ziplock bag and roll with a rolling pin or jar to crush.

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5. In a shallow container combine flour and garlic salt.

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6. In a second container, whisk the eggs.

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7. Place crushed pretzels in the third.

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8. Dip chicken in flour to coat, then eggs, and finally pretzels.

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9. Spread out well on a baking sheet lined with parchment and a silpat mat.

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10. Bake for 10 minutes, flip chicken over and bake and additional 6 minutes.

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To make honey mustard: Combine 1 Tbsp. mayo, 1 Tbsp. mustard, and 1 Tbsp. honey.  Mix well.

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This is a quick, easy dinner and I bet it will go over as big with your family as it does with mine.

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  110 Responses to “Pretzel Crusted Chicken Strips”

  1. I could go for these in a New York Minute. These look delicious! I have a bag of pretzels on my counter right now.

  2. I really enjoy seeing step by step photos as it is always so enticing with any recipe! I love the crunch of the chicken and could so go for some of this now! it reminds me of chicken my mum used to make when I was little!

  3. Never thought to crush up pretzels and use as a coating for chicken-it actually sounds like a great idea and very tasty! Gotta try this one!

  4. I’ve put breadcrumbs on my chicken strips many times but I’ve never thought to put pretzels! That looks like it would be so delicious and add such an amazing crunch. I can’t wait to try it out!

  5. My boys love chicken strips and, sometimes, it is the only thing that they will eat. I love this variation of them.

  6. Absolutely been meaning to try this actually. So, thank you for the recipe and the reminder here today! 🙂

  7. Those look fantastic. I love pretzel crust on chicken and fish. It has such a yummy flavor and a nice saltiness to it.

  8. That has got to be seriously yummy. Pretzel crusted anything is always a winner in my book. I can’t wait to try this. It’s super easy, too, which is important for me.

  9. This is certainly going on my “to make” list. I love how simple it is to prepare, and a pretzel crust sounds just delicious.

  10. I typically try to make chicken tenders for school night dinners since they are so easy to make from scratch. Adding a pretzel coating is a fantastic idea and I love the mustard sauce too!

  11. I bet this does taste good. I make a similar dish, but with soda crackers. Nom Nom

  12. What a great idea. I have seen chip crusted chicken but I am not a chip person – I am a big fan of pretzels though! Gotta give this a try.

  13. Those look really good! I was thinking of making chicken strips dipped in cereal last night, but this sounds even better!

  14. That looks really good! I would never have though of pairing chicken and pretzels, but I’ll bet it tastes amazing!

  15. I LOVE pretzel crusted anything! It brings a nice crunch and a bit of a “junk food” feel to whatever its coating. That’s a good thing for me!

  16. I haven’t tried chicken strips with pretzels, but I am going to now. My kids would love these! They live off chicken fingers. LOL

  17. I love oven ‘frying’ so much healthier for you. I’ve not tried rolling it in pretzels. That’s pretty creative.

  18. This looks and sounds really tasty! We love eating chicken, but we get tired of the same old grilling techniques. I will have to try this recipe soon!

  19. I love chicken encrusted in anything with a crunch. I am sure this is quite tasty.

  20. This sounds really yummy. I will have to make this for my son he will love it.

  21. I cannot wait to try this. My family will flip, I just know it!

  22. Yum this looks so delicious! I haven’t tried pretzel before, but I’ve used many other things to crust chicken so good!

  23. What an amazing idea! I bet it would be great with potato chips too! Or those honey mustard pretzels…yum!

  24. This looks SO good. I am always looking for new chicken recipes.

  25. Oh yum. Pretzels are one of my favorite snacks. They’d be so good with chicken.

  26. OH my want a delicious dinner. My son would love this one he likes a good chicken finger recipe.

  27. What a fun recipe idea, I bet this would be a total hit in my home. I have so many chicken breasts and strips stocked up as they were buy one get one free and so I grabbed a bunch and have been wondering what I can make besides my normal!

  28. Oh my goodness these sound so good, I really need to give them a try I think. x

  29. Ooh, I love the whole idea of this! Definitely trying it!

  30. This looks tasty and something that my family would enjoy from time to time. I love anything pretzel related.

  31. Pretzels are good by themselves, in desserts and they look so good encrusting your chicken. My family will love this recipe.

  32. Gosh, These look so good! What a great idea! I will try these the next time the kids are in town. Thanks for the recipe!

  33. That sounds delicious. I’ll have to try this recipe out for sure!

  34. I love pretzels, one of my favorite snacks, so I’m sure I’d love this! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  35. Holy heck this sounds like my type of meal. I love an easy way to jazz up chicken strips!

  36. Oh this recipe looks yummy. I have never tried with pretzels before. i bet they give a nice crunch.

  37. That looks really yummy! I love homemade chicken strips! They are so much better than store bought and fairly easy to make!

  38. This looks like something I could do! So innovative to add pretzels.

  39. What a great idea. Sometimes I bread mine in crackers. It is fun to mix things up!

  40. Oh my, two of my fave foods, chicken and pretzels. I consider it my lucky day as I’ve found two new chicken recipes to make for the family. The only thing I’m lacking is mayo for the dipping sauce, because I don’t eat it so I never buy it. I wonder if I could substitute sour cream for the mayo?!…

  41. These look delicious Robin. I love using pretzels because they are so crispy and salty. These would be perfect with a cold drink.

  42. Why have I never thought to do this?? Pretzels would be a great crust on chicken!!

  43. These look yummy! I think my family would love it for dinner!

  44. I never thought about using pretzels for breading purposes!

  45. OMG delicious, now you need to come up with a recipe for beer cheese. Or if you already have one you need to link to it. Pretzel anything and beer cheese is my favorite thing. Because beer+cheese…right?!

  46. Ohh…these seem so good and delicious. I cannot wait to prepare this recipe this weekend. My son will love these for a fun and easy dinner and a movie.

  47. I’m convinced I’ll eat anything crusted with pretzels. It has to be the most genius culinary invention ever.

  48. I bet the pretzels give it a fabulous crunch. Sounds delish!

  49. We enjoy all kind of chicken dishes so we will have to try this. It sounds great!

  50. My kids love chicken strips. I love recipes that help me put a spin on them, so they aren’t the same boring ones every time.

  51. This is a great recipe. We’ve made one similar to this before. The kids love it.

  52. I make chicken strips all the time, but never with a pretzel crust. I love the taste of mustard and pretzels.

  53. Love quick and easy dinners! Can’t wait to try out the pretzel crust.

  54. I love using pretzels as breading! They add great crunch and saltiness!

  55. Robin, I am drooling here. Pretzels are so trendy in the kitchen these days and this looks delish!

  56. That sounds crispy and yummy. I bet it was delicious

  57. You win!!! What a great recipe!! My kids would love this. THank you!

  58. Looks delicious and I bet our girls would like helping make those. I especially love honey mustard for dipping!

  59. This looks so delicious and simple to make. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I love making my chicken fingers from scratch.

  60. What a good looking recipe. Would love to try these.

  61. I like to do with either tortilla chips or doritos I will have to try it next time with pretzels to mix it up, maybe I will use a beer batter with the egg wash step to make it an all ‘grown folk’ version! LOL 🙂

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  62. That looks really good. I love that they are easy to do. My kids will love this.

  63. I think pretzels make everything taste better. Those are def. my favorite snack, and I’d use them in a chicken recipe. 🙂

  64. I have tried this with chips and it was delicious. Pretzels sound like a great idea, too.

  65. Yum! These look so good. I love my chicken too have a nice crunch to it. Thanks for the recipe!

  66. These look great and easy to make. I’m sure they are a big family favorite, especially with kids.

  67. I love the salty addition to your chicken! Perfect for kids, I bet they loved these

  68. My son and daughter both love chicken, especially chicken strips. Therefore, I will definitely have to make this for them sometime.


  69. I love chicken in all forms, but this is something I have not tried and wish I had! I know what I am making for dinner!

  70. This is awesome! I have not tried this. We buy a bag of pretzels, have them one time (usually in the car, on the way home from purchasing them), and then they go stale! This is a great way to get rid of the pretzels! Thanks!

  71. I always use breadcrumbs but never thought to use pretzels! I definitely plan on trying this. Thank you for sharing.

  72. That looks so yummy. That would be a nice change for dinner.

  73. This is quick and easy, the kids would have fun helping. Oddly enough I have a fresh bag of pretzels in the pantry. I will be adding this to our rotation really soon.

  74. Oh my! This looks so good. I love chicken and this looks like something the entire family can enjoy! Definitely trying it.

  75. This sounds so good. I’m going to have to give it a try. We love chicken in our house.

  76. Wow. This looks so amazing. I bet it would taste delicious. I must try it. Thanks for the idea.

  77. My daughter asked me last night, no lie, last night to have chicken strips for dinner tonight! I’ve got all of these ingredients. Pinning!!!

  78. I’ve never thought of using pretzels. I’ve always just used bread crumbs. I’m going to do this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  79. I love the salty crunch of pretzels. I am going to have to try this. Sounds yummy. I love that it is baked, not fried.

  80. This is such a great idea. I have never tried using pretzels as a coating for chicken. It looks delicious. I will have to try this recipe.

  81. Yeah, this is dinner tonight. I would have never thought to coat my chicken in pretzel goodness.

  82. These sound like really tasty chicken breasts! A pretzel coating sounds like it would be amazing!

  83. I have to admit I totally love pretzels and the chicken strips sound totally amazing. It is so easy to make these pretzel stripes too. Thanks for sharing.,

  84. This looks delicious! I bet I could use almond flour and gluten free pretzels to make a gluten-free version! I bet my kiddos would LOVE it!

  85. This looks really good. I like to season my chicken with breading also.

  86. What a unique spin on an old recipe. We will for sure be trying this!

  87. I have tried using pretzel crips with salmon and it was delicious. This chicken looks awesome as well, I will try this next time.

  88. Omg now this is my kinda meal. Sounds absolutely delicious. I’ve used almost everything you can think of to bread chicken but never pretzel! Going to have to try.

  89. Oh wow! This makes me really wish I could poultry again. It looks so so good!

  90. My son is a pretzel addict, if I made this he would probably jump out of his skin lol. It sounds and looks very delicious!

  91. As much I love pretzels, I’ve never considered using it as a coating. Looks good.

  92. My husband would totally flip for this since he is WAY obsessed with pretzels. Great and unique recipe for us!

  93. These look really good!! Pretzels have been popping up everywhere recently and I think these chicken strips sound amazing!!

  94. I love pretzels. I love chicken strips. I would say that this recipe is a win! Can’t wait to try it!

  95. WOW! What an easy and simple recipe! Who knew pretzels would taste delicious with chicken? I am going to pin this for later.

  96. Crusted chicken strips are one of my go-to meals, but I’ve never tried it with pretzels! I can’t wait to try these!

  97. Brilliant idea with the pretzels.. I’ve been using too much breadcrumbs lately :).. And the dipping sauce looks great too

  98. These chicken stripes looks so yummy and crispy. My husband & kids loves chicken so much. This recipe idea looks so easy to prepare and different too. Will definitely try this delicious idea!

  99. OMG I love this recipe! Thanks my dear!!!!

  100. These look great! I never would have thought to use pretzels!

  101. These chicken strips look so good! I’ve never thought of using pretzel crust. Definitely going to try it out.

  102. These do look delish. I’ve never tried these pretzel covered, but would love too. Love honey mustard dressing too. 🙂

  103. I usually use bread crumbs … what a fun twist!

  104. I can imagine how crunchy and tasty this must be. My daughter will love this.

  105. Those look super yummy. I’m going to print out the recipe and make them soon.