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!

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on sallysbakingaddiction.com. These are SO easy and delicious!

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.

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on sallysbakingaddiction.com. These are SO easy and delicious!

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.

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on sallysbakingaddiction.com. These are SO easy and delicious!

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on sallysbakingaddiction.com. These are SO easy and delicious!

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.

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on sallysbakingaddiction.com. These are SO easy and delicious!

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.

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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3-4
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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!


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or coat heavily with nonstick spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Baked chicken bites freeze well up to 2-3 months. Bake frozen chicken in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 20 minutes or until warmed through.
  2. Larger Batch: Recipe may easily be doubled or tripled.

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88 Comments

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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… 😀

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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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