This is a shout out to one of my favorite people- Jess Cotton. She made this for us when we were visiting them in Panama and it was sooo good. When my husband turned to me during dinner and said “you should get the recipe” then I know it’s a keeper. When I got home, I realized I already owned the Rachel Ray cookbook that contained the recipe…it was meant to be. Since then, it’s my go-to recipe for having people over- which is happening this Thursday night so I thought my blog would not be complete without this tasty creation. Enjoy!
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with Cheddar Mustard Sauce (rachel ray)
- 4 quart-size plastic food storage bags
- 4 small, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 5-ounce bag of salted pretzels, any shape
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 eggs
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 pound, about 2 1/2 cups, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 heaping tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, a generous handful, chopped
- 1/4 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 large sour dill pickle, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
Preheat a large non-stick skillet with a 1/4-inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
Sprinkle a little water into four medium food storage baggies. Place 1 chicken breast in each bag and seal it up, pushing out excess air. Use the bottom of a heavy pot or pan and pound each breast until flat, just shy of busting out of the bag. Repeat with the other 3 chicken breasts.
Place the pretzels in a food processor or blender and grind until fine. Transfer the ground pretzels to a shallow dish, add the thyme and some salt and pepper. Crack and beat 2 eggs in a second shallow dish with a splash of water. One at a time, coat each chicken breast in the egg and then the ground pretzels.
Add the pretzel-coated chicken breast to the hot oil. Cook in a single layer, in 2 batches if necessary, about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, until the juices run clear and breading is evenly browned.
While the chicken is frying, in a medium saucepot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour to it. Cook flour and butter for 1 minute and then whisk in the milk. When the milk comes to a bubble, stir in the cheese and mustard with a wooden spoon. Season with a little salt and pepper, and remove cheese sauce from the heat.
Transfer the fried pretzel-crusted chicken breast to a serving plate, drizzle with the mustard cheddar sauce, then sprinkle with a little parsley, finely chopped onion and sour dill pickle. Serve lemon wedges alongside.
*editor’s note…I usually serve this with new potatoes and broccoli or cauliflower- bc then you can put the cheese sauce over it all. (that was Jess’s idea too. thanks friend)