Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

I am going to start by saying this was not my favorite recipe ever.  It was good and hubby and the kids really enjoyed it but for me it was slightly too sweet, this however is partially my fault because I ignored one of my rules and started making it before I made sure I had all of the ingredients.  I ended up not having Dijon mustard and had to use honey mustard and I had already added the honey in so it was double trouble.  ;)  Anyway I feel like I will make this again however not anytime soon and I will make sure I have all the ingredients before hand.

2 cups panko crumbs (I used Italian bread crumbs)
2 cups pretzel crumbs
1/2 cup neutral tasting olive oil
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup honey 
1/4 cup bottled water
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 + 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (I used 4 breasts)
1/2 cup flour, plus more if needed

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly grease with oil a large, non-stick baking sheet or roasting pan.
  • If you don't have a non-stick pan line a regular pan with parchment and lightly grease with oil.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat toast the panko crumbs until lightly golden, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the pan and allow to cool.
  • In a food processor pulse the pretzels until coarsely ground (small crumbs with some small pretzel pieces) then add them to a medium bowl and mix with the panko crumbs.
  • Wipe the crumbs out of the food processor.
  • Add the oil, mustard, honey, water and vinegar to the food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Taste and adjust the flavor to suit your own tastes by adding more mustard or honey.
  • Pound the chicken breasts out to an even thickness using a mallet.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Set up a dredging station: 
  • Pour half of the dressing into a large shallow bowl or dish, put the flour on a large plate and add half the pretzel mixture to a large, shallow bowl or dish (add the remaining half pretzel crumbs to the dish as needed).
  • Working one at a time and using tongs dredge the chicken in the flour then into the dressing allowing excess to drip off then into the pretzel crumbs patting them on if needed.
  • Place on greased baking sheet.
  • Bake 16 - 25 minutes depending on their thickness/size or until cooked through (internal temperature 165 - 174 degrees F.).
  • Let the chicken sit 5 minutes before serving with the remaining honey mustard dressing.

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