Pretzel Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

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Chicken strips are one of those foods that everyone seems to love. Add to the mix a sweet and salty marinade and a crispy pretzel crust, and you’re guaranteed to have a crowd pleaser! These chicken strips only take about 10 minutes to prep and about 15 minutes to bake, which makes for a meal that is both quick and delicious! These chicken strips are ‘dressed to impress’, so be sure to invite them to the party.


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 25-30 Minutes.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees, spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.


Mix together honey and mustard in one small bowl. Mix together crushed pretzels and seasonings, and place in another small bowl. Place chicken in honey mustard mixture…


Followed by the pretzel mixture. Toss chicken to be sure it’s evenly coated.


Lay chicken strips on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.


Serve with honey or mustard (or a mix of the two) as a dipping sauce if desired!


1 lb Chicken, cut into strips
3 tbs Honey
2 tbs Mustard
1 cup Pretzels, finely crushed1
1/8 tsp Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Optional1 packet stevia (or sweetener of choice) for an extra touch of sweetness

1 I prefer whole wheat pretzels, or Newman’s Own protein pretzels

Katie's Tip!

Crush up the pretzels very finely, so they stick better to the chicken!

Nutrition Breakdown

4 Servings (3-4 chicken strips per serving)
225 Calories Per Serving
1 g Fat
33 g Carbohydrate
12 g Sugar
26 g Protein
7 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Shannon said:

These look DELICIOUS! Mhmm! :)

September 22nd, 2011 — 6:46am  |  Reply

Kathy said:

They look so good! I can’t wait to try them!!

September 22nd, 2011 — 7:39am  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Those look so good! I know my hubby will LOVE them!

September 22nd, 2011 — 8:18am  |  Reply

Lynn Z. said:

YUM-O Katie! I can’t wait to make these!

September 22nd, 2011 — 8:25am  |  Reply

Kesha Thomas said:

Yumm, great idea! You are a genius!

September 22nd, 2011 — 9:17am  |  Reply

Lauren said:

These look delicious!! Your recipes are so inspiring :)

September 22nd, 2011 — 12:20pm  |  Reply

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said:

Wow these look so delicious! I’m pretty sure this would get my 3 year old eating her chicken. :-)

September 22nd, 2011 — 6:29pm  |  Reply

glidingcalm said:

omg! shut the front door!! those look outstanding!!!!!!!! and what fabulous pictures too!!! mmmm nothing beats crispy , crunchy chicken…am I right?!

delisssssssssssssssssssssssssh. now i am drooling on my lap top!

happy weekend!!! :D

September 23rd, 2011 — 7:56am  |  Reply

Carly said:

These look incredible!! Quick question for you before I try these: How do you keep them looking so great but also check to make sure the chicken is cooked through? Can you tell I’m new to cooking?!

September 24th, 2011 — 10:07am  |  Reply

Baking Serendipity said:

Chicken fingers are one of my all time favorites :) I love these!

September 24th, 2011 — 12:36pm  |  Reply

Joanne said:

I made these tonight & the flavor was good, but my pretzels didn’t stick to the chicken! I used giant hard sourdough pretzels so it was *really* hard to break them up into tiny pieces. Do you think that I didn’t break them up enough??

September 24th, 2011 — 6:33pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

These look so amazing. You are such a talented cook! I am going to have to attempt to make these with gluten free pretzels. I love your blog!

September 24th, 2011 — 6:46pm  |  Reply

Shawna said:

These look so great! I’m new to this website but have been checking out all your healthy recipes! LOVE IT! My 4 yr old won’t eat ANYTHING so I’m excited to try these!!! Thank u!

September 26th, 2011 — 12:39am  |  Reply

Carly said:

Thanks for the tip Katie! Learning so much one post at a time. These are next on the list for when my boyfriend visits, and I attempt to get him cooking in the kitchen with me.

September 26th, 2011 — 6:52am  |  Reply

Karla said:

I just had to come back to this page to tell you that I made this for my hubby and I last week for dinner and when I was making the grocery list asked him if there was anything specific he wanted me to make for dinner this week his eyes lit up and he said, “That pretzel chicken!” It was WONDERFUL!!! So, that’s on the menu again tonight. I have tried recipes from many different blogs and so many of them I find bland, due to them making them so low calorie. So far we’ve loved every one of yours because they are healthy and taste great! Thank you for posting so many great recipes!

October 18th, 2011 — 5:34am  |  Reply

kate said:

you have such good and delicious recipes to entertain my family. thank you!

October 23rd, 2011 — 1:27pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

Hey Katie!

I just got done making these chicken tenders and I had a problem getting the pretzels to stick to the chicken…. any advice?

P. S. Love your website!!

November 3rd, 2011 — 4:01pm  |  Reply

Heidi said:

I just made these for dinner. I should have read through the comments first, didn’t crush my pretzels fine enough, so alot of them fell off. It was still SUPER delicious!! My husband never likes anything I make from blog recipes and he loved it. I used a honey mustard dressing I had in my pantry. This one is definitely going in the keeper file!! Thanks for sharing!!

December 10th, 2011 — 7:03pm  |  Reply

Kate said:

I can’t wait to make these for my boyfriend! Quick question before I get started – should I be using yellow mustard or dijon mustard?

January 13th, 2012 — 10:58am  |  Reply

Laura said:

I just made these tonight for dinner! They were AMAZING!! Thanks so much for the great recipe. I will definitely be making these many more times!! They were a HUGE hit with the boyfriend! Thanks again for all the great healthy recipes!

February 24th, 2012 — 8:29pm  |  Reply

Ash said:

Yum! I want to try these! I love making new dishes with chicken! Can’t wait to try!

March 15th, 2012 — 11:13pm  |  Reply

Kit said:

Made this tonight… it was SO good! My kids loved them, too. I sure do appreciate the WW points information on the recipes. Is there an easy way to print without pictures other than copy/pasting into a Word document? Thank you again for sharing such yumminess! (Found you via Pinterest.)

March 20th, 2012 — 8:38pm  |  Reply

sher said:

loveloveloved this! i am out of pretzels, so i used corn chips. yeah, not so clean, but the kids loved it, and i will definitely make it with pretzels next time! out of yellow mustard so used spicy brown and it tasted great.

next time, i will actually *plan* to make these the correct way, lol. thanks, though. love finding clean-ish recipes that my kids will also actually eat (and that includes the third kid who i married ;-)

May 8th, 2012 — 5:12pm  |  Reply

amy said:

can i make this with regular chicken cutlet or do i need to cut them into strips?

June 11th, 2012 — 2:46pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you can make it with regular…but you need to cook longer :)

June 11th, 2012 — 3:17pm  | 

Allyson said:

These were amazing! I normally am not a huge fan of chicken breast but i try to include it in my diet because of the low fat/high protein source. I actually had to stop myself from eating it so that there will be enough leftover to feed my husband!

July 9th, 2012 — 8:09pm  |  Reply

Larissa W said:

Extremely easy to make and so delicious! Thank you :)

July 31st, 2012 — 9:43am  |  Reply

Anna said:

Do you use regular yellow mustard? Thanks!

September 10th, 2012 — 10:05pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


September 10th, 2012 — 11:10pm  | 

Anna Aliza Rosenbaum said:

did you use regular yellow mustard for this dish?

September 16th, 2012 — 2:39am  |  Reply

kate said:

I made these for dinner last night and they were delicious! Thank you!

January 1st, 2013 — 11:20am  |  Reply

lisa rocco said:

This is amazing! Finally a “breaded” baked chicken that is crunchy! Thank-you!

January 19th, 2013 — 1:27pm  |  Reply

lisa rocco said:

Amazing! So crunchy and flavorful! My family devours these every time I make them!

February 7th, 2013 — 6:27am  |  Reply

Ashley Ladd said:

these are awesome, just pulled them out of the oven. They are so moist and delicious :)

June 19th, 2013 — 9:12pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

I made these for lunch today. So easy and delicious. I have to say I was worried about the pretzels not sticking because of other comments, but I didn’t have any problems with it!

August 21st, 2013 — 1:41pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

Can I use just regular honey mustard instead of mixing honey and mustard? Or will the pretzels not stick?

June 26th, 2014 — 2:59pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes that would work!

June 27th, 2014 — 9:20am  | 

Katie Farrell said:

haha i’m sure it would maryea, considering it got my hubby who eats like a 2 year old eating his! :)

September 22nd, 2011 — 7:58pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks kesha! xo

September 22nd, 2011 — 7:58pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

what a sweet compliment! thank you lauren! :)

September 22nd, 2011 — 7:58pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey carly! :) your too cute!

you just have to cut into one of the thickest nuggets to see if the chicken is white! :)

September 24th, 2011 — 4:25pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much sarah! :) me too! xo

September 24th, 2011 — 4:25pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

joanne, that was for sure the problem! you have to get a good fine crush and some of the pretzels can be roughly chopped, but the ‘big’ pieces are really pretty small. also, try putting the baking sheet in the fridge before you bake the chicken, that may help!

for sure change out the pretzels, and even press them on with your fingers once they are sitting on the baking sheet!

September 25th, 2011 — 3:29am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

so awesome shawna! thank you so much! :)

oh and i can say my hubby who eats like a 4 year old LOVES these! :)

September 26th, 2011 — 6:15am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

how fun carly! :) love it!

September 26th, 2011 — 9:17am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Hi Katie! I do…make sure that the pretzels are very finely crushed…any big chunks are hard to stick on! :) thats why chicken is generally coated in breadcrumbs, they are very fine so they stick better! :)

I used pretzel sticks so they were easier to get finely crushed, and also i kind of ‘pushed’ them down on the chicken before baking to be sure they would stick! :)

Hope that helps! Thanks so much!! xo

November 4th, 2011 — 3:59am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much kit! i will have a print button on my new site coming out april 9th!

March 21st, 2012 — 4:24am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you kit! i will have a new website soon with the print option!

March 21st, 2012 — 4:49pm  |  Reply

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