This Pretzel Crusted Chicken is packed with flavor. You will love the honey dijon mustard sauce and the crunchy pretzel coating on this delicious chicken. It’s the perfect dinner!

For more chicken recipes, be sure to check out my Herb Roasted Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, and Crockpot Mississippi Chicken.

a spoon dripping honey mustard on a chicken breast

I don’t know what it is about honey mustard, but I swear I could eat it on just about anything. Sweet and savory all in one, it is always my go-to dipping sauce. Pair it with chicken? Awesome. Throw in some pretzels and make Pretzel Crusted Chicken? Oh, now we’re talking!

baked chicken breasts on a wire rack

I absolutely love this Pretzel Crusted Chicken recipe because it takes an ordinary chicken breast and turns it into an amazingly flavorful dinner that even my little three-year-old was excited about.

He saw me pulling out the pretzels and started cheering, “Yay! Pretzels for dinner!” Now that’s the spirit.

a piece of baked chicken on a plate with honey mustard on top

This Pretzel Crusted Chicken comes together pretty easily and if you’re using thinly sliced breasts or cutlets, it cooks quickly, too. If you love honey mustard, you will flip for this! The pretzels add a delicious crunch and bring a really fun twist to dinnertime. 

Ingredients for Pretzel Crusted Chicken (See measurements in recipe card below!)

  • honey 
  • dijon mustard
  • grainy mustard, optional 
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • chicken breasts
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • all purpose flour
  • panko bread crumbs
  • pretzels

ingredients in bowls on a counter top

How to Make Pretzel Crusted Chicken – Step by Step

Step 1: Preheat oven

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wire rack over the top of a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
 
Step 2: Make honey mustard
 
In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustard(s), olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and divide in half. Set aside one half for serving and dipping later.
 
Step 3: Prepare chicken coatings
 
Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Prepare a bowl for the flour, a separate bowl with the other half of the honey mustard, and a separate bowl combining the panko and crushed pretzels.

step by step photos of how to make pretzel crusted chicken

Step 4: Coat chicken
 
Dredge the seasoned chicken breasts in the flour, shaking off the excess. Next, dip in the honey mustard, shaking off the excess. Finally, press the chicken into the mixture of the panko and pretzels then place on top of the prepared rack.
 
Step 5: Bake
 
Bake your pretzel crusted chicken breasts in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 18-25 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Serve fresh from the oven with the remaining honey mustard.

baked chicken breasts on a wire rack

Pretzel Crusted Chicken – Tips and Notes 

  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Removing excess moisture from the outside of the chicken before adding the seasoning and coatings will help the chicken to cook up nice crispy on the outside.
  • Pound the chicken to an even thickness. This will help make the meat nice and tender while ensuring that your pretzel crusted chicken breasts cook evenly throughout.
  • Use a thermometer to check the temperature of your chicken. The FDA recommends cooking chicken breasts to 165 degrees. Using a thermometer to check the temperature is much better than slicing into it to check for doneness, because doing so lets out all that juicy goodness!

pretzel crusted chicken breasts on a white plate with a bowl of honey mustard

How long to cook chicken breasts in the oven

Cook your Pretzel Crusted Chicken breasts in the oven for about 18-25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking your chicken at a higher temperature like 400 will ensure a nice crisp outside while the inside remains juicy. We don’t want any dry chicken, right?

a fork holding a piece of chicken on a plate

How to store leftovers

Any leftover Pretzel Crusted Chicken and honey mustard sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

a chicken breast cut into slices on a plate

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
This Pretzel Crusted Chicken is packed with flavor. You will love the honey dijon mustard sauce and the crunchy pretzel coating on this delicious chicken. It's the perfect dinner!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard, optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  • 16 ounces chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup pretzels, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wire rack over the top of a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustards, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and divide in half. Set aside one half for serving and dipping later.
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Prepare a bowl for the flour, a separate bowl with the other half of the honey mustard, and a separate bowl combining the panko and crushed pretzels.
  • Dredge the seasoned chicken breasts in the flour, shaking off the excess. Next, dip in the honey mustard, shaking off the excess. Finally, press the chicken into the mixture of the panko and pretzels then place on top of the prepared rack.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 18-25 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Serve fresh from the oven with the remaining honey mustard.
  • Serve fresh from the oven with the remaining honey mustard.

Notes

  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Removing excess moisture from the outside of the chicken before adding the seasoning and coatings will help the chicken to cook up nice crispy on the outside.
  • Pound the chicken to an even thickness. This will help make the meat nice and tender while ensuring that your chicken breasts cook evenly throughout.
  • Use a thermometer to check the temperature of your chicken. The FDA recommends cooking chicken breasts to 165 degrees. Using a thermometer to check the temperature is much better than slicing into it to check for doneness, because doing so lets out all that juicy goodness!
  • Storing leftovers: any leftover chicken and honey mustard sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Source: Closet Cooking
Cuisine: American
Course: Main
Calories: 447kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 715mg, Potassium: 514mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 3.3mg
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