This Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites recipe is guaranteed to make you say "bye-bye!" to pub food, and "hello!" to the comfort of your own kitchen. These chicken bites are delicious, and you'll love the pretzel flavor you'll get from using this unique breading.
Your family won't be able to get enough of the crunchy outside, and juicy inside...and the dipping sauce? Make sure you don't skip this step - this honey mustard dipping sauce is amazing!
For the chicken pretzel bites
- 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzel thins (or more, as needed)
- nonstick spray
For the honey mustard sauce
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon
- 1 tablespoon honey
For the chicken pretzel bites, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or coat heavily with nonstick spray.
If using chicken breasts, pound down and cut into little 1-1.5 inch pieces. If using boneless, skinless chicken tenders, simply cut into 1-1.5 inch pieces.
Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Crush pretzels in a ziploc bag.
Beat eggs in another shallow dish. Pour pretzels into a third shallow dish. Coat each chicken piece in flour, shaking off any excess. Then, dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then generously roll in the pretzels, shaking off any excess. Add more crushed pretzels to the dish if you are running low.
Place the chicken bites on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray each with nonstick spray to "seal" the breading, which will prevent the breading from staying raw and allows it to bake onto the chicken tenders.
Bake for 8 minutes. Turn each piece over and continue baking until the outside is crisp and the centers are cooked through, about 6-8 minutes more. Baking times may vary, just make sure yours are cooked through. If you like them more brown, bake longer.
To make the honey mustard sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.
Serve chicken bites with toothpicks (if using as an appetizer), and honey mustard to dip.