AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken"

Filet Mignon
2007/04/28 19:36:42
We just got back from The Anthracite Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, where I had this, the most awesome fried chicken dish I ever had; it was as good as my mom used to make.

Get a few big sourdough pretzels, and crush them up.

wash and pat dry some chicken breasts.

Beat some eggs.

Dip the chicken breasts in the egg, roll them in the pretzels and saute them very lightly on each side, just enough to get the coating set. Then bake them for 20 minutes or so at 350*.

Serve with honey-mustard sauce.

This was just killer. Especially when home-made and not frozen, like EVERYTHING at The Anthracite; all made from scratch.

Double Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/04/29 09:19:12
I had these in Cleveland at a microbrewery and like you, it knocked my socks off. Instead of honey mustard, mine are served with a cream sauce with grainy mustard. One of the best ways to serve chicken breasts, I think.
Double Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/04/29 09:38:05
Mosca - how fine do you crush the pretzels? Sounds really interesting! Sue
Filet Mignon
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/04/29 13:38:19
Put them in a plastic bag and hit them with a wooden mallet, that oughta do it. The meal I had, they weren't crushed as in pulverized to dust; the pieces were decently large, bigger than the head of a pin but smaller than a dime.

It was the tenderness and juiciness that was just so good. I'm so used to that dried out, chewy fried chicken. This was so most and flavorful.

Yeah, a cream sauce grainy mustard. That was the honey mustard dressing that was served; it was like a ranch/honey mustard salad dressing.

RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/04/29 14:54:58
Great suggestion I love pretzels. I had not thought about putting them on chicken breast. Years ago I use to coat chicken with crushed corn flakes or tortilla chips or Captain Crunch.
Filet Mignon
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/04/29 19:52:54
I just made this for family dinner. 3 large eggs for 6 chicken breasts was one egg too much. In order to get the pretzel bits small enough I had to buzz them in a food processor. 35 minutes in the oven baked the chicken well but didn't brown the crust; I'd recommend browning them under the broiler at the end. I used Marie's honey mustard dressing instead of making my own; it was excellent.

So, in recipe form:

6 chicken breasts
2 large eggs
6 large sourdough pretzels
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 stick butter or margarine
honey mustard sauce

Preheat oven to 350*. Break the pretzels up and whir them in a food processor until the largest pieces are about the size of chopped nuts. Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts, then set up an assembly line with the flour, the beaten eggs, the crushed pretzel, and a skillet on medium high with the butter melted in it. Dip the chicken in the flour to cover, the egg to coat, then the pretzel, then into the skillet; let it sizzle about a minute on each side, just enough to set the coating. Then place on a rack over a roasting pan and bake for about 30 minutes; brown under the broiler for about 5 minutes on each side before serving.

I'm psyched; I know that this is not an original recipe, but I figured it out from the meal at the restaurant and came pretty close at home!

Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/05/02 16:46:03
We're constantly looking for new recipes for chicken. We are DEFINITELY going to give this a try.
Junior Burger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/05/02 17:22:57
shortchef, was the microbrewerey the "Cornerstone" in Berea? I was there a few days ago and I thought I noticed it on the menu, but I got the "Cornerstone Burger". I like their pizzas too (and of couse their beer).
Double Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/05/03 08:38:45
No, Hungryguy--it was in Cleveland, on the west side near the West End Market, and I can't recall the name of it. If you go out the market and about a block down this particular street (also I can't recall this, it was my first time in Cleveland) the brewpub is there. I think it's worth the trip. The beer and food were good and you can eat outside in the summer.
Junior Burger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/05/03 17:42:55
Oh,you mean the Great Lakes Brewing Company. That is on Market Street near the West Side Market. Did you try the Elliot Ness porter? Back in the 30's it was called the Market Street Tavern and there still are the bullet holes in the bar that Elliot Ness (famed from the Untochables that took down Al Capone)(later became the safety director of Cleveland)shot.They have many award winning beers and excellent food.
Double Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2007/05/04 08:14:01
That's the one! I did try the Eliot Ness porter and took some home. Hubby liked it, too. That West Side Market is really something, too. This year the botanical garden flower show will be held again and I'll probably visit all of the above.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/06/25 17:28:15
My wife makes chicken breasts with an almost identical recipe, but she crushes Rice Krispies instead of pretzels. It's great too, and I'm not even that big on Rice Krispies as a cereal.
bosco lover
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/07/11 14:31:26
this sounds fabulous, im going to have to try it. thanks
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/07/11 14:36:51
This is a GREAT idea.We will give it a try!!!!Thanks.
Filet Mignon
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/07/11 15:05:51
Mosca, thanks for this recipe. I'm going to give it a try!
Double Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/07/20 13:21:13
Don't try this with Cocoa Puffs. Trust me on this one.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/07/20 14:26:41
Maybe not Cocoa Puffs, but I've had chicken tenders with a Captain Crunch batter. Oddly, Captain - or is it Cap'n - Crunch is one of my least favorite cereals, but it makes a great coating.
RE: AWESOME "Pretzel Chicken" 2008/08/06 23:32:20
Will try it with chicken tenders!!! My sons will not eat chicken with bones.

I have had pretzel-crusted crab cakes. Delicious.

I also pulverize sourdough pretzels for tuna salad. Awesome!