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Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Tender and juicy Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner!

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ~ tender, juicy nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

Who doesn’t love the classic chicken nugget? My kids certainly do. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter is turning out to be the pickiest eater of all my offspring, and most nights she refuses to eat anything — and I mean anything — labeled “dinner.” But lo and behold, she will eat “dinner” if it consists of pizza or chicken nuggets. As a result, some nights she goes to bed with a mostly empty tummy because she chose not to eat what was served…and other nights, my cold, hard heart takes pity on her stubborn threenager ways and I make pizza or chicken nuggets for dinner, simply because I know she’ll eat them.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ~ tender, juicy nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

While there are decent frozen organic chicken nuggets available at the grocery store these days, they’re awfully expensive and I’ve never really thought they taste like anything special. On the other hand, it’s surprisingly quick and simple to make homemade baked chicken nuggets, and the kids can even help! There are lots of ways to coat your nuggets, from bread crumbs to Panko crumbs to crushed cornflakes. But my family’s favorite coating is finely-crushed pretzel crumbs, which result in a crunchy, salty crust to contrast with the tender, juicy chicken.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ~ tender, juicy nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

In this recipe, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are cut into bite-sized chunks and coated in seasoned whole wheat flour. The nuggets are then dipped in lightly beaten eggs followed by rolling around in a combo of pretzel crumbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Bake ’em for 2o or so minutes and…that’s it! Simple, addictive Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets.

Now the key to baking chicken nuggets is…are you ready? Don’t overbake them. They should be cooked through yet still juicy, because everyone knows that dry chicken nuggets are not particularly enjoyable chicken nuggets. And don’t expect your oven-baked nuggets to turn golden brown as if they were fried, either. If you’d like them to darken and crisp up a bit more than the ones pictured here, you can lightly spray them with olive oil cooking spray before baking. But I usually just bake them as-is and nary a complaint is heard from the vicinity of the dinner table.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ~ tender, juicy nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

Let’s not forget about the glossy, delicious dipping sauce, which everyone knows can take a humble little chicken nugget from good to great. Honey Mustard is our family’s dip-o-choice. While it’s typically concocted with a base of mayonnaise, this version swaps in lighter, healthier Greek yogurt. Depending on how sweet you like your sauce, it’s easy to add more or less honey to taste. In the same way, you can tweak the ratio of Dijon mustard vs. yellow mustard to your liking, using more (or all) of one or the other. But regardless of the proportions, I always prefer whipping up my Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce first, allowing the flavors to blend in the fridge while I assemble and bake the chicken nuggets.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ~ tender, juicy nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

So who’s ready for some tasty, betcha-can’t-eat-just-10 Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets? I promise, y’all…these are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Because sometimes, a peaceful dinner where nobody (nobody!) whines about what’s being served is worth its weight in (golden) Honey Mustard.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ~ tender, juicy nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Yield: 6 servings

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Tender and juicy Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey (plus more to taste, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
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  • FOR THE NUGGETS:
  • 1 1/2 pounds (2 large or 3 medium) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces finely-crushed pretzels (equaling about 1 cup crushed pretzels, from about 2 1/2 cups whole pretzel twists)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce by combining the Greek yogurt, honey, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the chicken into 1-inch chunks; set aside. In one bowl, combine the flour, garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs. In a third bowl, combine the crushed pretzels and grated Parmesan.
  4. Take a piece of chicken and drop it in the bowl of flour, turning to coat. Shake off the excess flour before dipping it in the beaten egg. Place the chicken in the bowl of crushed pretzels and turn to coat, pressing the pretzel crumbs into the chicken so that they stick. Transfer the chicken nugget to the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all of the nuggets are prepared.
  5. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the chicken nuggets are completely cooked through but not overdone. Serve warm with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Notes

The Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce can be prepared well ahead of time...the longer it chills, the more its flavors will meld. Try to use the thick (not the watery) portions of the Greek yogurt. Feel free to tweak the flavors by adding more honey or mustard to taste.

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  1. Hi Samantha, those look very yummy! I’m cracking up at the threenager comment – it’s so true 🙂 I had/still have one of those (she’s 10) it depends on the day…

  2. These chicken nuggets look amazing! I love pretzels, so I’m sure I would love these!

  3. Aaw my son is going through that picky 4 year old stage where he only likes pizza, spaghetti and chicken nuggets too.These would definitely make his day if I made them for him. They look delicious and I love the pretzel coating!

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  5. Sarah zimmerman says:

    The Zimmerman children have decided to own a restaurant as adults…. These are so good they might make the list! Nicholas loved making these!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh, it makes me smile to think of Nicholas making my recipes, and I’m thrilled to hear that you all liked these! 🙂 Save me a reservation for me at Chez Zimmerman some day… 😉

  6. Paula Gravley says:

    We made these tonight and they were a hit with everyone! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Paula…I’m so happy to hear it! My kids are always excited when I make these. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to let me know that this recipe was a hit with your crew, and hope y’all are having a fun summer!

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