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Maple Pretzel Chicken Recipe

Maple Pretzel Chicken Recipe

This unexpected combo delivers delicious results. The finer the pretzel crumb, the better. Larger pieces won't coat as well. —Tara Szlag, Columbus, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • 1. Flatten chicken breasts to 1/2-in. thickness. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and syrup. Place pretzels in a separate shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg mixture and coat with pretzels.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 472 calories, 19g fat (2g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.

Reviews for Maple Pretzel Chicken

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 214182
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"This wasn't too bad! I too soaked the chicken in the egg and syrup, but I made the mistake of not reading the reviews before I went to the store, and I did not use real maple syrup. I bet that would make a difference. But the pretzel coating was crunchy and the chicken was juicy. I'll make this again!"

cmoczarski User ID: 1410750 176234
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"Excellent combination! For a healthier version I baked ... 400 degrees - 25 minutes, then flip - cooked another 12 minutes."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 131133
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"This was pretty good I used honey because I didn't have maple syrup . I guess it was honey pretzel chicken I don't think my pretzels were crushed fine enough but all in all the chicken was juicy and had a good taste"

JaniceBaer User ID: 1723673 181039
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"This was very good! Loved the mix of the pretzels and maple."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 115064
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"wonderful. i am sorry i waited so long to make it. had a super great flavor not to overpowering."

vieux User ID: 4712790 176280
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"@ howeavenue. There is definitely one and possibly 2 reasons why your fried chicken isn't crunchy like KFC. First and foremost is that I'm sure you don't own and use a pressure fryer such as they do. The other possible reason is that you fry the chicken immediately after coating. Try putting the coated chicken on a plate. cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour before frying. BTW the idea of egg and honey mustard is a keeper. Tried it and it is excellent"

joeychick User ID: 4388747 121935
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Quick & easy and flavorful. I've made it twice now, and I prefer a more coarse pretzel coating vs. a finely chopped pretzel breading. I also dredged the chicken through both the egg bath and the pretzels twice, just to give it extra coating & flavor. The breasts came out juicy both times. I'll make it again for a quick meal."

LauraLiz User ID: 6127551 189994
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Tastes kind of funky."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 191092
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"So easy and the whole family loved it."

tallenuf2c User ID: 5619132 191091
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"5 stars for speed of prep."

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 108756
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This was just OK for me. My kids did not want to eat it again the next day. I like the idea for pretzels as a coating, but wasn't crazy about the maple flavoring. I can also never get my fried chicken crunchy like KFC's. No matter what I use as a coating, it always gets mushy under the chicken and especially the next day. Was thinking maybe pretzels with an egg/honey/mustard dip instead of the syrup might be better. In any case, not bad, not great."

ronnyrens User ID: 5602601 115062
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"different and easy... I will also try it baked next time"

ljjustice User ID: 4855452 112994
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"This is so simple and so tasty. I soaked also soaked the chicken in the egg-syrup mixture to infuse the flavor. It's better baked. I've tried it both ways. Reminds me of the praline chicken we had when visiting New Orleans. The food is great there and I'd love to go back."

mbctc2 User ID: 4915653 181037
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I used a combination of crushed pretzels, crushed tortilla chips and bread crumbs and it came out great. The chicken was nice and tender. Definitely a keeper!"

coordinatora User ID: 1519161 192232
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I have made this twice in the last 6 weeks. Really delicious. Crunchy, but the chicken is tender. My family loves it."

jb1976 User ID: 1737567 181036
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"My new favorite way to make chicken! I agree you must use real maple syrup & I too am going to try baking it next time."

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 123680
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"Everyone looks at me funny when I say I'm making this for dinner. This came out amazing!!! You have to use real maple syrup though or else you won't taste it. I recommend the darker the better for maple syrup. I have the kids crush the pretzels in a zip lock bag then I put it in the chopper. It comes out finer. I will be making this often as all the kids and adults and older adults like this."

jekka78 User ID: 5560164 121926
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"Very good though the next time I make it will add some spicy mustard to the syrup to give it a little kick."

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 108754
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"Delicious. I soaked my chicken in the syrup and egg mixture, like someone else suggested, and ground the pretzels up really, really fine so they'd stick to the chicken better. My husband was skeptical when I told him what we were having for dinner and he ended up loving it and asking for seconds."

zbabyblue User ID: 3231882 192230
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I may try baking this, omitting the egg, drizzling maple syrup straight onto the chicken, along with just a little melted butter, and then topping with crushed pretzels...and maybe just a touch of cayenne. If it works out, it'll be a fairly mess-free recipe sweet and savory recipe!"

neomom User ID: 947900 191089
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"Very easy. I let the chicken sit in the maple syrup/egg mixture for about an our to infuse that sweet flavor. The combo of salty and sweet with the chicken was great. The entire loved it. I would probably bake it in the oven next time."

rotts4me User ID: 1988355 112988
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Easy and fast! Never thought about pretzels as a coating but this was tasty. Couldn't taste the maple syrup though."

mmarino User ID: 2514085 193457
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"I love chicken but did not like this combination. If I make again, I would not use the crushed pretzels."

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