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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pretzel-Crusted Baked Chicken

You know chicken and I...we have a tendancy to not get along.  I love it, but I get bored with it.  The husband has often said that we have never eaten the same chicken dish twice in our house.  Minus our basil pesto baked chicken and of course traditional barbecue chicken on the grill.

Other than those two, I'm always changing things up.

So when the kiddos where having an afternoon snack of pretzels the other day, a light blub went off.  Salty pretzels coating my baked chicken?  Why....yes!

I really just winged this recipe but it did turn out great.  After cutting these breasts into strips, the little man munched on it like he would a chicken finger.  With ranch dipping sauce, of course.  So it was kid approved!

And I had leftovers for lunch the next day.  Perfect.

Pretzel-Crusted Baked Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to 1/2 in. thickness)
2 cups buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg
2 cups pretzels (crushed)
1/2 c. flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. 

In a food processor (or good 'ol elbow grease) crush pretzels to fine crumbs, or leave a bit chunky like I did.  Mix together with the flour and pour onto a large plate to later coat.

In a bowl combine buttermilk, garlic, beaten egg, salt and pepper.  Take chicken and soak in buttermilk mixture for at least 10 minutes.  Then take each breast and coat in pretzel/flour mixture.  Lay on baking sheet.

Cook for 45 minutes, turning halfway through.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Whoo-who!  This one was a winner.  I will most definitely be making it again.  You know what else was a winner?  The book I just finished.  Wild, by Cheryl Strayed.  A powerful, page-turning memoir.  I read it in 4 days.

With two kids and a husband underfoot.  It was that good.

I need more good book suggestions - have any????

Would you like to comment?

  1. Jessica_AKitchenAddictionSeptember 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I'm always looking for new chicken recipes, too! This will be added to the list! :)

  2. Our family enjoys the pretzel crust too, I like to stuff the breasts with ham and cheese sometimes...yum! I just finished How to eat a small country by Amy Finley. She was the winner of season 3 Next Food Network Star, it's about how she gave up all that and moved her family to France in efforts to save her marriage. They traveled all over, and she describes all of the amazing dishes they enjoyed and even cooked. Our library had it, yours might as well

  3. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)September 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Interesting chicken recipe!

  4. Seriously, pretzel crusted chicken?! This is brilliant!! What an awesome idea!
    I recently read the book Season To Taste. It was fascinating and talked a lot about our sense of smell. Great book for foodies!

  5. This looks amazeballs! Love it. Check out my friend Jacky's blog - she was just talking about her latest reads - she also has Good Reads and she ranks the books she reads too.


    Hope you are enjoying the amazeballs weather!!

  6. Steph @ Been There Baked ThatSeptember 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I've made chicken like this a few times and we like to stuff the breasts with ham and cheese. It's really yummy! I just finished reading How to eat a small country by Amy Finley. She was the Season 3 winner of Next Food Network Star. It's about how she gave up all that and moved her family to France for 1 year in order to save her marriage. She talks about their journey including all of the delicious food they got to enjoy while there.