As I recently mentioned, I’m a sucker for sauces. I don’t think I could ever chose just one favorite, but I think honey mustard is towards the top of the list. Honey mustard seems to go especially well with chicken and pretzels, so pretzel crusted chicken and honey mustard dipping sauce seemed like a match made in heaven. And it was!
My friend Nikki recently shared the recipe she uses for honey mustard, so I used that as a jumping off point. Side note, I said “recently” then when I went to copy the URL I realized the post was from January. Wow. Time flies!! I wanted a stronger mustard taste so I cut the mayonnaise in half and added a little dijon mustard. The result was a dipping sauce that I easily could have eaten with a spoon.
For the chicken, I used a classic breading method. We loved how crunchy the crust was, and it really seemed to hold in the moisture of the chicken. It was really the perfect vehicle for the honey mustard dipping sauce.
Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Pretzel Crusted Chicken
2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups pretzel sticks or twists
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place pretzels in the bowl of food processor and pulse in 5-10 second increments until the pretzels are crushed, but not so long that they turn to powder. Alternatively, place pretzels in a Ziploc bag and beat with a rolling pin until crushed.
Place whole wheat flour and eggs separate bowls. In a third bowl, stir together the crushed pretzels, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Lightly coat the chicken strips with whole wheat flour, then dip in the egg, then in the pretzel mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken.
Bake for 6-7 minutes then carefully turn over with cooking tongs and bake for another 6-7 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
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Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
Juice from half a lemon (or 1 Tablespoon)
1/4 tsp black pepper
Whisk together all ingredients. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.