Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

September 7, 2012 by Ali

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Approx. 30-40 nuggets


  • 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)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized (about 1-inch) pieces


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!

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

filed in Chicken, Entrees, Game day

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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16 thoughts on “Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

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

    - JulieD

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

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  3. Great idea to use pretzels instead of just bread crumbs

    - Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

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

    - shelly (cookies and cups)

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

    - Julie @ Table for Two

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

    - Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

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

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  8. These are too fun. SO creative!

    - Cassie

  9. 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!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

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

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  11. 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.

    - Kathryn

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

    - Kitchen Mommy

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

    - Kare @ Kitchen Treaty

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

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite