Make your chicken fun and delicious, while still being a healthy option for the family. Chicken coated in honey mustard then rolled in gluten-free pretzel crisps couldn’t be any easier to whip up for a weeknight dinner.
My dear foodie friends, for far too long have I held out on you! Back in the beginning of the summer when I posted a “sneak-peek” of this recipe on Instagram, I was so excited to share it with you…but then I forgot. However, after some salt-talk on Monday, it reminded me of pretzels and thus, this recipe! The moment I found out about Snack Factory making a version of their Pretzel Crisps GLUTEN-FREE, I was beyond ecstatic. However, I had low hopes since basically all gluten-free pretzels contain soy. To my great joyous surprise, these gluten-free mini pretzel crisps were free of ALL top allergens and nasties! Gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free! You could say that was a very happy food-allergy moment in my life.
I hadn’t been able to have pretzels in years! And forget about having the iconic pretzel crisps! I used to love them growing up! I have fond memories of eating the original pretzel crisps at dance competitions as a snack, (weird, but vivid memories!). So obviously I stocked up right when I found them in the stores and the first thing I did was snack and savor! O pure pretzel bliss! They tasted so good, salt and all! And they are so cute, right? They remind me of little baby bow-ties! Now, the second thing I knew I had to do with these pretzels was make a killer recipe for the blog. That I did!
How about the perfect coating for chicken? (I made a lot of new chicken recipes this summer…#sorrynotsorry). I think this was even better than just snacking on them straight! Pretzels, chicken, and then one more stellar flavor…honey mustard! Gotta jazz it up even more and blow this one out of the park. The honey mustard actually plays a double role in this recipe. Not only does it add a perfect mustardy sweet flavor, but it also acts as the “glue” for the pretzels to stick to the chicken. It worked fabulously well and these was pretzel goodness in every chicken bite!
I also just increased your dipping options to more honey mustard or good old ketchup 😉 (Wonder which I chose?) The more flavors in one bite the better 😉 Speaking of honey mustard, that brings back memories of another pretzel favorite back-in-the-day. Those Rolled Gold honey WHEAT braided twists. O those were heaven! Those also evoke memories of heading to my first competition so many years ago. North Atlantic Reginals National Baton competition. It was the first time I had those pretzels and we also ended up winning 1st place in out category there (pretzel magic). Obviously pretzels and dance/twirling competitions had a big relationship in my life, haha!
Even more of my favorite pretzels growing up? Utz unsalted sourdough specials or the think sourdough hards, (so dry, so good!), I always hated those little waffle pretzels in the square shape…freaked me out. And if we are going to go down the road of soft pretzels, there was nothing like an Auntie Anne’s cinnamon sugar soft pretzel while walking around the mall! O the smell! I think the small was better than the actual pretzel (they were so messy!). Things got a bit easier I remember when they came out with the more convenient soft pretzels sticks 😉
Homemade soft pretzels are on the recipe bucket list, don’t you worry! They can’t be harder than homemade bagels (which I’ve mastered), but I just keep pushing it off since I really don’t enjoy baking that much. Now let’s bring this back to the present and talk about this recipe! I’m pretty sure this is going to please kids and adults alike! I know it did in my house, while still being o so allergy-friendly and pretty dang healthy if I do say so myself! (By the way, 35 gluten-free pretzel minis has only 110 calories). I’m telling you, make your family a super fun dinner by amping up boring chicken tenders with amazing gluten-free pretzels!
Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the pretzels in a large plastic bag and smash/crush them either with something heavy like a rolling pin or your fist! Pour out the crushed pretzels on a plate and set aside.
- Now apply the honey mustard to the chicken tenders, coating them completely with your hands, then dipping and rolling them in the crushed pretzels.
- Place the coated chicken tenders in a greased baking pan, pour any extra pretzels on top, and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
3 ingredients, super simple and easy to make, yet so delicious! Who wants some? With all this pretzel talk, I know I do (and I may even be snacking on the pretzels right now…who know?) 😉
So tell me:
+ What’s your favorite type of pretzel?
+ Is there a specific snack that evokes a certain childhood memory?
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