Sunday, March 23, 2014

Three Ingredient Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

Turn this into a complete meal with sriracha Brussels sprouts
Weekends are supposed to be a time of extreme laziness. Recently, we got a little overzealous with our cooking exploits (see Brinner of the Gods, Cowboy Burgers and Sushi Saturday). I didn't want to risk overdoing it right before my Harry Potter vacation week, so I was quite excited when Buzzfeed posted a bunch of 3-Ingredient Recipes (plus I needed a break from knowing what TV character I am).

Would this simple chicken dish hit the spot, or would it further cement my predisposition for excess?

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken
From Cooking With Cakes
Servings: 8 chicken tenders
Time: 90 minutes (inactive for 60)

8 Chicken breast tenders
2 cups honey mustard pretzel pieces (mine were actually honey mustard and onion)
Lite honey mustard dressing
Salt and Pepper to taste
If you want to be a jerk about it, we will debate until the ends of time whether this counts as 3 or 5 ingredients.
  1. Lightly season your tenders with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover with honey mustard dressing and let marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  4. Turn your pretzel pieces into bread crumbs by pulsing in a food processor. Spread out on a plate.
  5. Shake off excess marinade from the tenders. Then coat them well with the pretzel crumbs.
  6. Place the tenders on a greased wire rack and bake for 20 minutes. Broil for an additional 2-3 minutes to help make them crispier.
  7. Serve with extra honey mustard dressing.
They look especially great before removing them from the wire rack you forgot to grease.
Honey mustard and onion pretzels just may be the greatest creation ever. Their unnatural yellow glow and breath destroying flavor make them impossible to resist, so surely they can only elevate any dish they are used in. My high hopes proved to not be unfounded, as these super easy chicken tenders were just about perfect. The chicken was cooked wonderfully, and the crunchy pretzel coating was a clear winner.  Even with additional honey mustard dressing for dipping, I just couldn't have enough of the sweetest yellow condiment around. My only regret was using up all the pretzels, destroying my future snacking hopes.

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