Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites: 2 Ways

It's always fun to experiment with different ways to make healthier fried chicken tenders.  I won't lie, faux fried chicken does not by any means completely substitute for fried chicken, but if you're looking for a flavorful crunch with less fat and calories, these are definitely the way to go.  This time, I decided to try this with crushed up pretzels.  I used barbecue sauce one day and spicy brown mustard the next; I also experimented with baking the chicken closed in a foil pack or open just on the baking sheet-You definitely will get a crispier chicken if you bake it open instead of in the foil pack.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

To buy:
Chicken-I prefer boneless chicken breast or chicken breast tenders-lean, white meat and easy to cut into small pieces
Spicy Brown Mustard OR Barbecue Sauce (I used Stubss Original)
A bag of pretzels (I had just the normal sized twists)

To do:
Preheat oven to 450*

Cut chicken into desired tenders or bites

Open bag of pretzels and take out desired amount (for 1 chicken breast/1 serving of chicken, use 2 handfuls of pretzels). Put the handfuls of pretzels in a plastic bag (at least quart size). Lay it flat on the counter and roll it with a rolling pin until the pretzels are crushed into small crumbs.

For the coating, I used 2 tupperware tops; you can also use saran wrap, small dishes, whatever you prefer.  Put the pretzel crumbs on one plate and the mustard or barbecue sauce on the other.  Coat chicken piece in mustard or barbecue sauce, then roll through the pretzel crumbs until coated.  Place on  baking sheet.  Repeat until all of your chicken pieces are coated.

Bake for about half an hour.  Chicken bites should be crispy and delicious! Enjoy!

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