Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

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I’m sure by now you know that my daughter is selective about what she will put in her mouth.  She has been since she was 9 months old. Some days I don’t think it’s gotten any better. But we do seem to have moved past the era when she would literally only eat bread, cheese, and bananas.

One of the only non-peanut-butter protein sources she will eat is chicken nuggets. (Breaded shrimp and fish are also usually winners.) I am none too keen on giving her McDonald’s three times a week, so when I saw this recipe in All You for pretzel-crusted nuggets I knew I had to give them a go. Here is my slightly altered version.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets


  • 1 lb. white-meat chicken, cut into 2-inch nuggets
  • 2 cups salted pretzel twists
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T Dijon mustard


Pulse pretzels and Parmesan cheese in a food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl.

Put flour in another bowl. Season the flour with pepper, if desired. In a third, whisk eggs with mustard. Dip chicken pieces in flour, then egg mixture, then pretzel/cheese crumbs.

Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes, until browned and cooked through.

For some reason when I made these they did not freeze well. When I microwaved them from frozen, the chicken was too tough to eat. Did I just microwave them too long? Any help on that?

Added to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, Delicious Dishes at It’s a Blog Party, and Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

4 thoughts on “Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

  1. So, how did your daughter feel about the new nuggets? My 3 year old is super picky too, but she loves nuggets. I feel the same way about McDonalds, but I don't know if she'd try homemade nuggets that don't come from the frozen food section. 😉 I'm visiting from Tasty Tuesday. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. 🙂

  2. These look delicious! I've tried my hand at homemade chicken nuggets before and they were okay. Not so good leftover though and didn't freeze well. I'll have to give these a try.

  3. I love homemade chicken nuggets, strips, baked chicken breasts!! After freezing them, have you tried thawing them (not completely) and then popping them back into the oven for a bit instead of the microwave? I make steak figers that way, and they taste like I just made them.

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