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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Mustard Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These Pretzel Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Mustard Dipping Sauce are the perfect little game day appetizer!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Nuggets
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 436 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
Mustard Dipping Sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
Chicken Nuggets
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 2 pounds, cut into 1 1/2-2-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pretzel crumbs
  • olive oil for frying
Salt Water Chicken Brine
  1. Fill a bowl with 6 cups cold water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Add chicken pieces. Mix well. Let chicken sit in brine for 30 minutes. While chicken is brining make the mustard dipping sauce.

Mustard Dipping Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Refrigerate until you're ready to use.

Chicken Nuggets
  1. Drain the brine from the bowl and pat the chicken pieces dry. Place flour, eggs and pretzel crumbs in three separate shallow bowls. First dip a few nuggets in the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg and then into the pretzel crumbs, turning to coat and pressing the crumbs into the pieces. Repeat for all nuggets. Place the coated nuggets on a large platter or baking sheet.

  2. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large 12-inch skillet until oil is shimmering and hot. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Instant-read thermometer should read 165 degrees when inserted in center of nugget, I just slice one in half to check. Repeat with all the remaining nuggets adding more olive oil to the skillet as needed. Drain on a paper towel. Serve with mustard dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Mustard Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 439mg19%
Potassium 248mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 107IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.