Fried Pretzel Chicken with Honey Dijon Sauce

I can’t remember when or where I first heard about pretzel chicken. It was a long time ago. I remember putting it on my mental to make list, and over the past few years, it kept getting pushed further down. Not for any particular reason, I knew I would love the dish, but because we never seem to have pretzels and chicken in the house at the same time. To make this dish last night, I had to pry the pretzel bag away from my son and husband. There’s no other salty snack they seem to like better than crispy pretzels, except maybe for big soft pretzels.

To make the chicken, I ground up pretzels in the food processor, and then used them as breading. I fried the chicken to make them extra crispy, and then served them with a honey Dijon mustard sauce. I added a simple spring mix salad and dinner was done.

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Pretzel Chicken with Honey Dijon Sauce

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2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 cups pretzels, ground in the food processor (until they are the consistency of bread crumbs) (sourdough pretzels work best)
Vegetable oil for frying

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard


Combine mustard and honey for sauce. Mix well and set aside.

2. Preheat oil to 350 degrees. Combine eggs with spices in a large bowl. Mix well and add chicken.

3. Add pretzel crumbs to a large bowl. When oil is hot, bread chicken and fry in oil until deep golden brown. Chicken should be firm and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Place on paper towels or cooling rack after removing from oil.

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  33 Responses to “Fried Pretzel Chicken with Honey Dijon Sauce”

  1. Apron Appeal — May 26, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    I love it when you say easy, because It’s true. I’ve made a few of your “easies” and I’m always happy with out quick and tasty it turns out.

  2. Renée J. (RJ Flamingo) — May 26, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    I love any alternative to straight-up breadcrumbs, and can’t imagine why I’ve never thought of pretzels, before! And with that honey-dijon sauce? Perfect!

  3. Maria — May 26, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    I love the pretzel crust!

  4. Christine C — May 26, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    Have you ever tried a potato chip crust?

    • Angie — May 27, 2011 @ 10:28 am

      I’ll try soon, thanks for the idea!

  5. Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 27, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    This looks amazing. Super family-friendly too!

  6. jenna — May 27, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    ohhhh what a kid-friendly recipe!! looks amazing.

  7. I never thought to use pretzels before – I’ve used potato chips though…What a great idea!

  8. Jaime {sophistimom} — May 30, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Mm, yum, Angie.

  9. What a great idea! Never thought of using pretzels, but I think they would be fantastic. Trying this the next time the grandkids are over.

  10. Tyler — June 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm


  11. Dan — June 16, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    wow, that pretzel breading looks awesome! I want to try making the honey mustard sauce using my beer mustard.

  12. [email protected] — June 20, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    I came across your recipe on BlogHer. It immediately made my mouth water as I love fried chicken and love pretzels! I’ll have to give that one a try for sure!

  13. Mama's Gotta Bake — June 26, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of a pretzel crunch on chicken. It looks so good I think I’ll have to give it a try.

  14. Shapewear — June 28, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Pretzels with chicken? This I gotta try on the weekend.

  15. Chicken FTW — July 5, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Check out this crunchy little darling: Fried Pretzel Chicken with Honey Dijon Sauce from @EclecticRecipes. Delicious!

  16. Vickie — August 8, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    Cooking this with my boyfriend right now! So excited to try it.

  17. what??? — October 10, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    what do you do with the scrambled eggs??? i don’t get how you can add the scrambled eggs to the chicken

  18. kenzie — October 10, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    The writer doesn’t mean cooked scrambled eggs, though it does read that way. Just use two eggs, whisked, but not cooked.

    Flawed writing + someone that doesn’t know how to interpret a recipe = scrambled eggs with raw chicken in them. Fun salmonella times for all!

  19. Chris — March 9, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    WELL! how did it taste?! I am dying to try it but don’t want to ruin it by it tasting just like pretzels! I know my kids like pretzels but if it’s on their chicken…they will have a fit! LOL Like Pretzel Salad…I never once tasted the pretzels in it at all! Is it the same this way?

  20. Amanda — July 16, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    Can this be baked? Or does it have to be fried?

    • Angie McGowan — July 23, 2013 @ 8:13 am

      I haven’t tried baking it, but I’m sure you can. You would probably have to spray the breaded chicken with a non-stick spray first though.

  21. Summer — November 5, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I just made this pretzel chicken tonight and it was delicious! Very crispy and flavorful on the outside and moist chicken on the inside. I served it with your easy honey mustard sauce and my kids and I gobbled it up! The pretzel coating is addicting. Will make again.

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