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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Breast Tenders with garlicky dipping sauce


A crunchy coating from a snack time favorite is sure to win big with the kids -- especially when paired with a creamy garlic dip. Honey mustard would be good too.

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  • 5 tablespoons yellow cornmeal, divided
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup finely crushed unsalted pretzel twists
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 chicken breast tenders (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Servings 4


Step 1

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place 4 tablespoons cornmeal in a shallow dish. Combine milk, 2 teaspoons mustard, and egg in a separate shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Combine pretzels, remaining 1 tablespoon cornmeal, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a third shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Lightly dredge chicken in cornmeal, dip in milk mixture, and dredge in pretzel mixture, pressing gently to coat chicken with cooking spray.

3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over, and place pan in oven. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes or until done.

4. While chicken cooks, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, chives, lemon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Serve sauce with tenders.


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