Pretzel-Coated Chicken Breasts

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 1/19/2011 12:44 PM | COMMENTS (20)

I love breaded chicken cutlets – baked, not fried. I make them often, sometimes using chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts to cater to my 7 and under crowd.

I wish I could say that I have one fool-proof recipe that I swear by but I like to experiment with different ingredients for the breading. I’ve tried:
  • dried breadcrumbs that I season myself
  • store-bought seasoned breadcrumbs
  • fresh breadcrumbs
  • Panko breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs) – with and without seasoning
  • raw oats
  • wheat germ
  • crushed Corn Flakes
  • crushed whole-wheat crackers

The Panko-coated chicken breasts are my favorite to date. They get so nice and crisp and I love the large size of each flake.

I think I’m going to give crushed pretzels a try next. Have you ever tried that method? If so, what did you think?

Thanks for your input!

Leslie Fink, MS, RD

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  • Post Image rhenna

    1/19/2011 3:44 PM
    The pretzel coating gives great flavor! It's a bit hard to crush them tiny, but slightly chunky isn't bad.


  • Post Image ladurant2982

    1/22/2011 11:18 AM
    I've never done chicken covered in pretzels, but i've done pork tenderloin and it is yummy! i bet that chicken would taste great too!


  • Post Image kathrynaa53

    1/22/2011 8:34 PM
    Sounds great.


  • Post Image knouff

    1/24/2011 10:06 AM
    I wonder if you could try them in a type of pie for the Holidays.It would be an interedting combination. :) Knouff


  • Post Image epgouge

    1/24/2011 9:37 AM
    pretzel coated chicken breasts are wonderful! You will love them!


  • Post Image janezeltser

    1/19/2011 3:50 PM
    cashews!


  • Post Image kristacath

    1/23/2011 11:41 PM
    I always make them with corn flakes or Ritz crackers. I dip them in powdered Ranch dressing (the kind that comes in the packet that you use to make dip with) and it really gives a great flavor!


  • Post Image lfurjanic

    1/19/2011 10:31 PM
    We make pretzel chicken all the time. It is one of my family's favorites. The kids dip it in honey mustard. It makes incredible leftovers on top of lettuce the next day.


  • Post Image mannnicole

    1/24/2011 9:13 AM
    That sounds fabulous!!


  • Post Image kathryn petrillo

    1/23/2011 11:26 AM
    It sounds like it would be tasty. I would remove the salt. I might try that soon. I like your other ideas and might try cereal or my own seasoned bread crumbs made from light wheat bread.


  • Post Image justgina4u

    1/22/2011 10:33 PM
    never tried pretzels for breading, im thinking it would be more flour like in consistency.


  • Post Image opgirl78

    1/23/2011 8:46 PM
    I have tried corn flakes on chicken breast before and they really turned out pretty good.


  • Post Image stekat1

    1/21/2011 4:23 PM
    Sounds yummy!!!


  • Post Image garrett1969

    1/19/2011 2:06 PM
    Never tried the pretezel breading but love using dried breadcrumbs, french fried onions, and parmesan cheese.


  • Post Image gypsyspirit49

    1/25/2011 8:12 PM
    now that sounds like a good one and I eat Fiber One for breakfast but never thought of using for a coating.


  • Post Image meilin402

    1/26/2011 4:44 PM
    I have also tried crushed Cheerios or Keebler club crackers -- a finer crumb, but good taste, especially if mixed with a bit grated parmesan.


  • Post Image alottahunnie75

    1/25/2011 11:05 AM
    Try crushed Fiber One cereal as well! Season it and dip your chicken breasts in egg whites and it is super good! Also, you get fiber!


  • Post Image smileyislegirl

    1/30/2011 1:32 PM
    I dont think this is WW friendly, but crushed Captain Crunch(plain) is great for a Chinese chicken finger effect, then dip in applesauce as the sweet and sour flavor.


  • Post Image simplyeggcellent

    2/6/2011 9:37 PM
    Crushed corn flakes make a great chicken coating. Dip the chicken in milk or egg wash to make it sticky. Roll in corn flakes. Spray with Pam on both sides, then bake.


  • Post Image janereinecke

    2/19/2011 4:26 PM
    I use 2 T. of Italian bread crumbs and 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese to coat my skinless, boness chicken breasts - it's from an old WW recipe. My whole family loves this fast recipe!




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