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Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Spicy Honey Mustard

Gluten Free Pretzel crusted chicken tenders served with a spicy honey mustard dipping sauce. Pretzels used in place of breadcrumbs on the chicken tenders are a unique spin on the regular chicken tender. These pretzel crusted chicken tenders are a family favorite.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken from What The Fork Food Blog

Gluten Free Pretzel Crusted Chicken 

I don’t really have a ton to say about these Gluten Free Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders. They’re excellent. How can you really elaborate on that? Chicken tenders breaded and pan-fried have always been a favorite in our house but these are the mac-daddy of chicken tenders.

And the spicy honey mustard dipping sauce? It’ll blow your regular honey mustard out of the water. If pretzels and mustard are a winning combo then the pretzel crusted chicken and spicy honey mustard are a champion team.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken from What The Fork Food Blog

Not only is this chicken delicious, it’s so easy to make. If you’re worried about the pretzel crumbs, don’t be. If you have a food processor, use it! Just pulse your gluten free pretzels in the food processor until you have crumbs. It couldn’t be any easier! If you don’t have a food processor, (lightly) smash them in a bag on the counter with a rolling-pin. Making dinner and a therapy session all in one, multi-tasking at its finest!

Pretzel Crusted Chicken from What The Fork Food Blog

Another thing that makes these pretzel crusted chicken tenders so stellar is the dipping sauce. You’ve all probably had honey mustard dipping sauce, who hasn’t? Dijon mustard and honey. Easy and delicious.

But this isn’t just any honey mustard dipping sauce I’m talking about. This is honey mustard made with SPICY BROWN mustard. You guys. This is THE stuff regular honey mustard wants to be when it grows up.

Sweet and spicy. It’s pretty insane and by insane I mean insanely awesome. There’s a chance you may never go back to your regular old honey mustard dipping sauce.

I guess I had more to say about this chicken than I thought but I guess when you eat something delicious, its easy to talk about. Try it and you’ll see what I mean! Enjoy!

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Spicy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

4.70 from 10 ratings
Pretzel crusted chicken tenders served with a spicy honey mustard dipping sauce. Pretzels used in place of breadcrumbs on the chicken tenders are a unique spin on the regular chicken tender. These pretzel crusted chicken tenders are a family favorite.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
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  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 C pretzel crumbs*
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • fine sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1/4 C spicey brown mustard


  • Pour oil into your frying pan until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch deep. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Season chicken by evenly spriknkling with salt, pepper, dried mustard, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • Combine egg and water in a bowl large enough for dipping the chicken. Add pretzel crumbs to a separate shallow dish large enough to dredge the chicken in.
  • Dip and coat the chicken in the egg. Shake of excess egg and coat with pretzel crumbs. Press the pretzel crumbs onto the chicken to help it stick and to form a nice crust on the chicken. Repeat for each piece.
  • Fry the chicken in batches as necessary until it becomes a deep golden brown and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Chicken tenders cook fairly quickly. Remove chicken from the pan when done and rest on a paper towel or cooling rack while the rest of the chicken cooks.
  • Serve hot with the spicy honey mustard dipping sauce.
  • Combine honey and mustard, mix well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


* I used Snyders brand pretzel sticks.


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  1. shaunie says:

    amazing! Never thought to use pretzels for this recipe. Look forward to making both parts of this recipe

  2. Everyone in my family would go crazy for these!! So genius! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls says:

    Yum!! I have never coated chicken with pretzels before, but I think that needs to change…soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Shanice says:

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says:

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see what you share this week!


  6. Stephanie says:

    Will definitely be trying this!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. Claudette says:

    I need nutritional values for recipes fat/carbs/fiber and protein do you info for this recipe?

  8. 5 stars
    These look amazing! Thanks for linking up at Tickle My Tastebuds last week. I am featuring you this week and would love it if you’d stop by and link up some more delicious recipes!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  9. Karly says:

    My kids would go crazy for these! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  10. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  11. Erlene says:

    Hi Sharon. Thanks for sharing this awesome chicken recipe on Merry Monday. You’re one of my feature picks and I hope to see you at the party tonight. BTW- do you think this would be ok to bake in the oven if I lightly spray them with Pam?

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much Erlene! And I think baking them would work out well if you spray them and bake them on a rack so the bottoms don’t get soggy ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Miz Helen says:

    5 stars
    Your Pretzel Crusted Chicken looks so good and the Spicy Honey Mustard would be a perfect dipping sauce. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Shanice says:

    This looks delicious! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  14. Pam Rote says:

    5 stars
    Chicken and Pretzels are my two favorite thing!!! These look SO YUMMY although I think our family would swap out the mustard for ranch dip.

  15. Rose says:

    4 stars
    it looks yummy.. i love your recipe.

  16. These look delicious, Sharon! I love the idea of coating the chicken in pretzels and that mustard dipping sauce sounds incredible!

  17. Mary Ellen says:

    I love good honey mustard this looks really delicious. I’m pinning.

  18. These look so delicious! I am a serious pretzel muncher but have never thought to put it on my chicken. Bet that crunchy salty crust is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. These looks awesome! Love that dipping sauce!

  20. AmieJo says:

    These look very tasty!