Pretzel Chicken with Mustard Sauce

Game day approaching and not sure what to make? You will definitely score a touchdown with these homemade pretzel crusted chicken bites with honey mustard! Make these chicken bites and you will surely be the fan favorite on your next game day.


Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes (35 minutes active cooking)

Level: Easy

Yields: 6 servings



  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juiced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 (or more as needed) cups all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 5 large eggs, beaten

Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup yellow mustard
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Cut chicken into 1” bite-sized pieces
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients together in a large bowl and whisk until incorporated.
  3. Add chicken bites to bowl of marinade and let marinade for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours prior.
  4. Pulse pretzel rods in food processor until crumbs form but leave some bigger pieces for texture then combine with panko bread crumbs.
  5. Preheat vegetable/canola oil in a deep pot or large shallow frying pan to 325-350F.
  6. Once chicken has marinated, dredge into seasoned flour, patting off any excess.
  7. Dip chicken into beaten eggs, then dip into breading, coating each piece entirely.
  8. Drop chicken bites, one at a time into the oil and fry about five minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  9. While frying, whisk together all mustard sauce ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
  10. Once golden brown, remove chicken bites from oil and place on a wire rack or paper towel-lined tray. Do not stack the chicken bites. Sprinkle salt on top, serve with mustard sauce and enjoy!