Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

I have fallen back in love with chicken nuggets.

Not the questionable, fried, and frozen nuggets that seem synonymous with the name.  But the homemade, healthier, and delicious nuggets that you can make with endless variations at home!  Such a fun way to serve chicken, and of course, always a favorite with kiddos!

One of my recent successful experiments was coating nuggets with Pretzel Crisps.  You know – those flat crispy pretzel chips that come in a zillion irresistible flavors?  Yep, they were perfect for this recipe.  And then fun part was that instead of adding in extra spices, you can just use the seasoning of whichever flavor you like to make the nuggets!  I tried a batch with their Buffalo Style, and then with the Jalapeno Jack, and loved the extra kick from both.  Totally easy, and totally tasty.  These little guys disappeared in a snap.

Yay for homemade chicken nuggets!!!

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

A fun recipe for easy pretzel-crusted chicken nuggets.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
2 eggs, whisked (or you can substitute 3 egg whites)
2 cups finely-crushed pretzels (I used [Pretzel Crisps|http://pretzelcrisps.com/])
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized (about 1-inch) pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet (or you may need two) with aluminum foil.

Whisk together flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add the two whisked eggs. Then in a third bowl, add the crushed pretzels. This will be your assembly line for the nuggets.

Take a piece of chicken and dip it in the flour mixture until it is evenly covered. Then dip it in the eggs, and then in the crushed pretzels, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake nuggets for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. (Cooking time can depend on the size of your nuggets). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

!Ali's Tip:
If using plain pretzels, I recommend adding an extra teaspoon of seasoning to the flour mixture, such as smoked paprika, chipotle powder, Italian seasoning, blackening seasoning, or your other favorite combo!

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Disclosure: I was provided with samples of Pretzel Crisps.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 7, 2012 @ 7:16 am (#)

    I love chicken nuggets and I love pretzels! So excited about this new combo…

  2. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 7, 2012 @ 8:05 am (#)

    What a great idea! I’m having a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment.

  3. Kitchen Mommy — September 7, 2012 @ 8:35 am (#)

    Yum yum! I want to make these and see if my too-busy-to-eat niece will scarf them down faster than I can.

  4. Kathryn — September 7, 2012 @ 9:47 am (#)

    I’ve never met a chicken nugget that I didn’t want to inhale and these are absolutely no exception! Love the idea of that pretzel crust.

  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 7, 2012 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    I love this idea!! Totally going to try it for game day!

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 7, 2012 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    A pretzel crust? You are a genius, Ali! I need to make this for Jason ASAP! He is going to be so thrilled about this!

  7. Cassie — September 7, 2012 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    These are too fun. SO creative!

  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 7, 2012 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    These look amazing, pass the honey-mustard and I’m all set!

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 8, 2012 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    Oh my. I need an entire batch of these and some honey mustard, pronto!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two — September 8, 2012 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    love this!! it’s such a unique way to bread this and it sounds and looks so good!

  11. shelly (cookies and cups) — September 10, 2012 @ 6:25 am (#)

    My kids will love these. And when I say kids I mean me :)

  12. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 10, 2012 @ 9:05 am (#)

    Great idea to use pretzels instead of just bread crumbs

  13. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 10, 2012 @ 10:57 am (#)

    Aww, I want to try pretzel crisps! They sound great. And these nuggets look amazing! So crispy looking.

  14. JulieD — September 11, 2012 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    Wow, that looks awesome…I want to try these ASAP! I’m in love pretzel crisps…the buffalo flavor is my fave!

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