Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.

Looking for a fun way to serve up some chicken? Coat in crushed pretzels and bake to crisp perfection. Tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Everyone loved these!

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers - a fun way to serve up some chicken for the family and guests. These disappear quickly! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Chicken fingers are a food everyone seems to love. And we eat them in many different ways – baked (my favorite!), fried, chopped up in salads, lunch, dinner, with ketchup, BBQ, honey mustard, all the condiments.

I recently got in touch with Safeway for a little collaboration. Safeway asked me to make a couple recipes using some of my favorite products from their grocery aisles. Surely you know how much I love pretzels by now, so a recipe combining my beloved chicken fingers and my favorite snack food was an easy choice.

And these awesome pretzel crusted chicken bites blew my mind.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers - a fun way to serve up some chicken for the family and guests. These disappear quickly! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I used the same recipe as my Honey BBQ Chicken Fingers. It’s definitely the crunchy factor that makes them a reader favorite. We make the recipe on the regular and there was no need to alter it here. I simply swapped crushed pretzels for the Panko.

If you want an ultra crunchy coating for your baked chicken fingers – go with crushed pretzels. The crust stays crispy, while the chicken inside stays moist and tender. The texture is the BEST part about the recipe. We ate the whole plate in about 15 seconds flat.

What I love most about this recipe, besides the texture, is that these chicken bites are baked not fried. We felt a little better eating these compared to pretzel coated chicken served at a restaurant. There’s just really no need for oil clogging the coating and taking away from the crunchy, salty pretzel taste.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers - a fun way to serve up some chicken for the family and guests. These disappear quickly! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers - a fun way to serve up some chicken for the family and guests. These disappear quickly! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Use your favorite pretzels, such as Rold Gold® Pretzel Thins. I was feeling a little jazzy in Safeway, so I bought the Three Cheese version. What a great flavor! Regular pretzels will be just fine, though. Save yourself a mess by crushing them up in a large ziplock bag. The less dishes crowding my sink, the better. You don’t want to see what my sink looked like when I was writing my cookbook last summer. So embarrassing. If I hired a dishwashing fairy, he/she would never get a break.

Coating the chicken is a simple 3 step process. My best tip for this is to do it in three separate bowls using two hands. 1 dry hand, 1 wet hand. In other words – use 1 hand to dip into the flour. Use the second hand to dip into the beaten egg. Use the first hand to coat in the crushed pretzels. This will save you from losing your mind/washing your hands between each chicken bite.

Why so many coatings? The flour allows the egg to stick, the egg allows the pretzels to stick, the pretzels give all the mouthwatering I-want-to-make-these-everyday flavor. Don’t leave any of these imperative ingredients/steps out!

Get it? Got it. Good.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers - a fun way to serve up some chicken for the family and guests. These disappear quickly! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I cut the chicken into bite sized pieces so there could be more pretzel coating on each piece of chicken. The second time I made them (in only two days. shocking.), I served them as a little appetizer on toothpicks. With plenty of honey mustard and spicy cheese sauce. I really just wanted another excuse to make the spicy cheese sauce. Try it yet?

If you want to make full size chicken fingers using this pretzel crust, that’s totally fine. Just follow the same recipe but cut your chicken into strips not bites. Duh.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers - a fun way to serve up some chicken for the family and guests. These disappear quickly! sallysbakingaddiction.com

These pretzel crusted chicken bites only take about 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to bake and 15 seconds to eat. All making this a recipe that is quick AND easy AND soooo dang tasty.

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

Looking for a fun way to serve up some chicken? Cut into bites, coat in crushed pretzels, and bake to crisp perfection. Tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Everyone loved these!

Yield: serves 3-4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups finely crushed Rold Gold Pretzel Thins (or more, as needed)
  • nonstick spray like PAM, olive oil spray, or coconut oil spray (found mine at Trader Joes)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F 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 (chicken tenders are the lean strips of meat found attached to the underside of chicken breasts - they can also be purchased separately.) - simply cut into 1-1.5 inch pieces.

Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. 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 fingers.

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. Serve chicken bites with toothpicks (if using as an appetizer), honey mustard, or this kicked-up cheese sauce. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I chopped them up and put on top of a salad. It was so good!

Baked chicken fingers freeze well, up to 2 months. Bake frozen for about 15 minutes (flipping once) at 300F degrees.

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Try my Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Fingers next.

Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Fingers by sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

And serve with a side of Baked Sweet Potato Fries.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 

See more savory recipes.

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70 Responses to “Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted August 12, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I don’t even eat chicken and this looks like some dang good chicken! Love your creativity! I think pretzel crusted anything is fabulous – from cheesecake to chicken :)

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    Stephposted August 12, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for all the great recipes, I always look forward to seeing what you post. I’ve actually never tried out any of your chicken recipes. Maybe this will be dinner tonight… :D

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Let me know if you try them. Thanks Steph!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted August 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I seriously want to jump right into that first picture and chomp on that bite! These look perfect Sally! I LOVE that you coated them with pretzels, because I love anything crunchy and salty. Pinned!

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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Missionposted August 12, 2014 at 7:30 am

    We love pretzel coated chicken tenders here and these bites look very similar just in small chunks! Could go for these anytime of the day – yum!

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    Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolateposted August 12, 2014 at 7:48 am

    These look so pop-able, love it! My mom always made a recipe similar to this for me while I was growing up.

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    haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine.composted August 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    making these tonight!! YUM!

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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfectionposted August 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Despite that it is 8:30am, I really want an entire plate of these! I have to admit that I make the same chicken recipes too often, so I can’t wait to try this one– or possibly using this recipe for chicken tenders. YUM!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 9:43 am

      you’ll love them Elaine!

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    Lynnposted August 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I tried making pretzel crusted chicken breasts a few years ago after having them in a restaurant and it was one.big.flop! The pretzels were too mushy and it just wasn’t right. The honey mustard dipping sauce i made, though, was great! Haha… I might just have to try this again– thanks for putting the idea back in my head!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Ohhh I’ve been wanting to make my own homemade honey mustard dipping sauce for awhile now!

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    Gingerposted August 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

    What a fabulous idea! Guess what we’ll be having at our next birthday party ;-)

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    Meghan Silvaposted August 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Oh my these look so good, have to try this recipe.

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    Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchenposted August 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    These are going on my meal plan for next week! My daughter loves chicken fingers AND pretzels, so I know these will be a huge hit! I want some of that cheese sauce!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am

      the cheese sauce is sooooooo good. I actually like these best with honey mustard. Friends loved the pair with the cheese sauce though. Let me know how you and your daughter like them!

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      • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchenreplied on August 23rd, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        We loved these! Thanks for a great recipe! My husband and I liked them dipped in honey mustard, and the kids used ketchup. We had a few left over, so I popped them in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal for the kids!

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    Marcella Marescaposted August 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I admittedly am a terrible cook, but I’m working on it! When you say they can be frozen, do you mean cook them and then freeze? Or prepare them, then freeze them uncooked? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Bake and then freeze.

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    Style Bits & Bobs of M.E.posted August 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    This takes chicken bites to a new level! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Laurenposted August 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I don’t eat chicken, but the crunchy coating sounds like it would be good on top of salmon. Or even tofu!!! With all the condiments, of course. Give me the ketchup bottle and Arby’s honey mustard please.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      I love tofu – this would be great with it! Maybe flavor the tofu a little beforehand with a marinade. Yum!

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    Kiley- Rooks to Cooksposted August 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Pretzels + chicken = perfect for any occasion! And the fact that these are bites means you can definitely have like 10..or 20 :) Yum!

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    PJposted August 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Wow! I love this idea… Pretzels are one of my all time favorite foods, so I think I’ll defiantly try this recipie

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)posted August 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I love your blog, and your recipes are great!! I do have one constructive suggestion, however. Your pictures are so large, that I can’t look at an entire one in a glance. I have to scroll down to see the rest of the picture, but then part of the top of it is out of the screen (therefore, I can never see the pictures in their entirety). I have a regular size lap top at home, and another at work, and have the same problem on both. Since your photography is so good, it would be great to be able to see the entire photo on the page.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Jolene! I can certainly work on this.

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    Stacey@Bake.Eat.Repeat.posted August 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

    These look amazing, I can’t wait to try them. I love pretzel anything! And I’ve never really liked panko, it never seems to get totally crispy for me, but pretzels would probably be super crunchy and wonderful. And I still need to try that cheese sauce so that’s two reasons to make these!

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    Ashtonposted August 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Utter brilliance, Sally!

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    Mirposted August 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Love that you used the thins! Less crushing makes me happy.
    Eating these with honey mustard sauce to dip…amazing! And I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t eat these. A universal treat for meat eaters!

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    Alexis @ Upside Down Pearposted August 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I made you panko bbq chicken fingers and they were delicious! I’m sure these are just as amazing…I mean come on…how can it not with pretzels!!! I like the crunch that pretzels add to dishes. There’s no way to eat just one!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 12th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I’m glad you like the honey bbq version Alexis! You have to try these.

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    ami@naivecookcooksposted August 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Pinning these Sally! My husband will love eating these!

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    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blogposted August 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Love a good pretzel coating. :)

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    Beth @ bethcakesposted August 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I absolutely love baking chicken fingers at home and I’m so going to try crushed pretzels next time. I love how they look when you served them as appetizers. Too cute! I’ve never really thought of chicken as being cute before, haha. :) I bet chicken + pretzels are amazing with that spicy cheese sauce!

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    Robinposted August 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Have you ever tried this coating on fish such as tilapia?

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    • Sallyreplied on August 13th, 2014 at 10:36 am

      I haven’t, Robin. But I’m sure it would be just fine.

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    Katya @ Little Brokenposted August 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    These look awesome Sally! I make sesame chicken bites. Very similar recipe and love them. So will have to give these a try.

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    Marina @ Cosmetics & Crumbsposted August 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    YUM! These look great! It’s like a snack and a meal rolled into one :)

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    Jenny@yestorealfoodposted August 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    These look phenomenal!!! I can’t wait to try these and test them out on my kids!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted August 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yummolicious is what these are. Perfect little finger food.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted August 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    mmmmmmm! I love baked chicken recipes and coating them in pretzel crisps is brilliant!!

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    Raquelposted August 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Pretzels and chicken? Winning, this is such an awesome recipe in many ways Sally!

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    Matt Robinsonposted August 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Love this idea! I know my boys would devour these in no time. Such a great recipe!

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    Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy Tposted August 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Pretzel chicken was my favorite dish at O’Charleys…then they took it away. :( It’s so fun to make at home, though! Looks great!

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    Juliaposted August 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    YUM, Sally! I’m loving the idea of the salty pretzels used for breading! You’ve done it again :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted August 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I want these NOW. Seriously. I would love them for lunch. If only I could pull an I Dream of Jeannie trick ;)

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    Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemadeposted August 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I love how innovative these are! I always have a bag a pretzels laying around for snacks… I don’t always have panko though! Just the thought of dipping these into a sweet and tangy honey mustard makes my stomach growl!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsposted August 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Crispy bite-sized chicken? Always a YES!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted August 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Mmmmm chicken fingers coated with pretzels?! Brilliant! These would be the perfect solution to my salty cravings. :D

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    Jaclynposted August 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    These look so amazing! I know me and my kids would love them for sure!

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    Emmaposted August 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    it’s too bad that s’mores day is over… But a nice savoury dish is always a good change. I’ll be sure to try this one! And I do love pretzels!!!

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    Kirstyposted August 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Why have I never thought of this before?? What a great idea – thanks Sally!

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    Andrea Mposted August 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight! My two year old loved them! We like a lot of flavor in our house, and we only had plain pretzels, so I added some honey, yellow mustard, thyme, and red pepper flakes to the egg bath. I wish I would have seasoned the flour a bit more. I think these would be GREAT with the flavored pretzels. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 15th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Great to hear, Andrea! We love these too.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

    That pretzel crust is brilliant, what a crowd pleaser!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted August 15, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I’m most definitely making these ASAP — they look exactly like chicken nuggets but BETTER because A) I know exactly what’s going into them, and B) because they’re coated with cheesy pretzels — so genius!

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    Jamieposted August 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I made these tonight. I did not get my pretzel crumbs small enough to look quite as nice as yours. But my family loved them. They were great and easy. Even my picky you gets son really liked them. Love how crunchy they are. Congratulations on your wedding too!

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    Lisaposted August 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Tried these tonight and they were great. I ended up doing larger strips, and I added dijon mustard with the egg to give a bit more flavor. Thanks for the great idea!

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    Allysonposted August 21, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Yum! And, totally adaptable for my little one with Celiac! When Daddy has a night meeting, the boys often get a “snack-y dinner” so last night it was this (with tater tots and green beans). It’s a KEEPER!

    For gluten-free flour, I used Arrowhead Mills Organic Brown Rice Flour, which I seasoned with some onion powder and garlic powder (I skipped the salt since the pretzels are so salty). I put a little pepper on the chicken, and tried to remember your “hands” trick, but wound up using a fork, instead. I used Gratify GF pretzels, which I could not get to look as nice as yours – in fact, the end result looked somewhat like a big, hairy spider. But, as I said, I have boys…so that’s a good thing!

    I searched GF recipes for pretzel chicken and none looked as complete as yours (the four/egg/pretzel steps, the baking spray), so yours is a clear winner! If I can get the pretzels into a finer crush without pulverizing them into powder, I will even use this as a snack/appetizer for friends/family!

    Thanks again, Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 21st, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much for reporting back, Allyson! I’m so glad you were able to make these GF for your little one!

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    Thalia @ butter and briocheposted August 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    i am so loving the look of these chicken bites! they look SO crisp and delicious.. loving the idea of a pretzel crust. pinned and saved to recreate, thanks sally!

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    maria sposted August 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    thanks for the dry/wet hand tip! love this, cant wait to try it!

    I’ve just discovered your blog and i really love it! Here’s my blog if you have a chance to take a look!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Bakingposted August 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    3-cheese pretzel chicken?? That sounds incredible Sally!! Much better than boring fried chicken. My guy’s addicted to that stuff (the fried version, not the baked), and although I really wish he wasn’t… At least it comes with lots of fries I can steal! ;)

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    Eileenposted August 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    These look awesome! Will definitely try these and freeze them for my kids’ lunches at school. My daughter’s middle name has become chicken nugget (for all you haters – I know if I didn’t buy them she wouldn’t be eating them. Hate all you want until you step into my shoes!) These look like they will go far in getting her away from less healthy choices and giving me a better choice on those crazy, time-crunched mornings.

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    Beckyposted August 24, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I cannot wait to make these!! I’ve been looking for something other than panko crumbs and pretzels are suuuuuch a good alternative! I’m positive my step-daughter is going to enjoy these chicken bites as well! Hooray for finger foods!

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    Allisonposted August 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    These are so yummy!!!! Perfectly crispy with just the right amount of saltiness! Thanks for sharing!

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    Bob Fairlaneposted August 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

    You can use tongs for coating the chicken, instead of your hands. You may need a spoon or something to help spread the ingredients or stir them in the bowls.

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    Brandiposted September 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Can you substitute the eggs with buttermilk? I have a child who is allergic to eggs but would love to try this recipe..

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    • Sallyreplied on September 1st, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      I’ve never tried it, but I assume the buttermilk is thick enough to allow the pretzels to stick.

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    kathrynposted September 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    i made these last night for my ultra picky boyfriend and i and they turned out SO AMAZING. the texture of the crust is perfection. i just used regular rold gold pretzel sticks (next time i make them i’m gonna add in some garlic powder and cayenne, couldn’t this time cos the boy doesn’t like those).

    and thank you so much for the coating tips! made it go so much faster.

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    Jen Grenierposted September 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I made these tonight and my picky 5 yr old loved them! Can’t wait to try different flavored pretzels!!

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