Pretzel Chicken with Mustard Sauce

On Wednesday night, Brit and I went for a walk around Lake Calhoun, and ate at the Tin Fish for dinner. If you haven’t ever been there you really need to go. What could be better than a scallop taco, a girlfriend and a glass of wine on a warm summer day!? The answer is nothing.

This is going to sound strange, but as I was driving home all I could think about was how far we’ve come, not her and I specifically, but all of our friends. We are like, adults - gulp - I mean even our youngest siblings are adults, my sweet nieces are adults, people are bugging me to have kids of my own. What? This can’t be possible. I’m 12, my sister is 9 and my mom putting on the phantom of the opera tape (yes, TAPE) in the car is our punishment for fighting in the back seat. You’re rolling your eyes right? Convinced I’m having some sort of mental breakdown or perhaps a quarter life crisis? Yea, I thought so.

Moving right along… I’m a red meat kinda gal. I think I get that from my dad. Or maybe I just got sick of chicken over the years when my baby sister only ate chicken and rice. Either way, when I ask Mike what he wants for dinner I’m always a little disappointed when the answer is chicken. I get bored with it quickly. So, the easiest way to combat that is to put something fun on it. I’ve done potato chip chicken in the past (holy yum) and one night when Mike and I came home from a bar and were absolutely starving I made Ritz cracker chicken, again - so good.

Pretzels seemed like an appropriate chicken topping, given our history. So, I pulled this mustard chicken from the archives and instead of baking the sauce on the chicken, I whisked it together and poured it right over the top. I also served it over red quinoa for a little added health benefit. It’s completely unnecessary, but it was a yummy addition.

If you know me IRL - you know this already, but for those of you who do not know, my family is kind of awesome. (I mean, come on, my mom used to punish us in the car by making us listen to her favorite opera!) This weekend marks the yearly ultimate man competition. Marty (step-dad extraordinaire) and his cousins get together and compete each year - golf, bowling, ladder golf, etc. and the winner snags the title (and a really awesome green blazer) of the “Ultimate Man”. This year Marty will be defending his title. Good luck Martin Gerald!


Pretzel Chicken with Mustard Sauce

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of red quinoa, cooked
2 cups of unsalted pretzels, crushed
1/2 cup of dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Basil, sliced thinly
3/4 cup flour
1 egg
Salt and Pepper, to taste


In a small saucepan, cook your quinoa per the package instructions. Usually, you rinse your quinoa, measure your water and your quinoa and bring to a boil. Cover it and turn it to low and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Then Take it off the heat and fluff it with a fork.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lay the chicken on a cutting board and place a piece of parchment paper over them. Pound your chicken until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Then set them aside and prep three small plates. Pour the flour onto the first one. Crack the egg onto the second one, scramble it and add about a teaspoon of water, combine well. On the third plate, add your crushed pretzels.

Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken to taste. Dip both sides into the flour, then into the egg mixture and then into the pretzels. Place onto parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes.

Whisk together the mustard, maple syrup and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl and set aside. Slice your basil thinly. When the chicken is done, scoop the quinoa onto your plate, place the chicken on top and pour the mustard sauce onto the chicken. Sprinkle the basil on top and serve.


7 Responses to “Pretzel Chicken with Mustard Sauce”

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    Jen — July 12, 2021 at 8:08 am

    this looks delicious! jon saw me reading and said he wants me to make it :)

    • Mackenzie — July 12th, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

      You should try it for sure! It’s so easy!! :)

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 12, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Dude, I ask myself every day how and when did I get to be an adult. I still feel like I’m 16. It’s insane!

    As for this chicken — YUM! Love the pretzel topping!

    • Mackenzie — July 12th, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

      So glad it’s not just me!!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 12, 2021 at 10:20 am

    This looks and sound awesome! Love the crunch it must add! Sometimes I wonder when I became an adult(am I really one?) life is going soooo fast

    • Mackenzie — July 12th, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

      The crunch is the best part my dear, you are so right!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 15, 2021 at 7:35 am

    This sounds incredible - I love pretzels!!

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