Pretzel-Coated ¿Fried¿ Chicken with Gravy

Servings: 6 Prep 25 mins Bake 475°F 15 mins Cook 2 mins


  • 1/2 pound unsalted pretzels, finely crushed
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds uncooked chicken tenders (fillets)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk

Make It

1. Heat oven to 475 degrees . Fit a baking sheet with a rack and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place pretzels in a shallow dish. Whisk together egg whites and mustard in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of the salt and the black pepper. Reserve 3 tbsp of the flour mixture for gravy.

3. Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg, allowing excess to drip off, and coat with pretzel crumbs. Place chicken on prepared rack. Bake at 475 degrees for 15 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees .

4. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in reserved flour mixture and cook 30 seconds. Whisk in broth and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute or until thickened.

5. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 tsp salt over chicken. Serve with gravy and, if desired, Collards with Turkey Bacon (recipe below).


  • Make a healthier southern gravy by using reduced-fat milk and less butter.
  • Crushed pretzels yield a crunchy, no-fry coating for chicken, fish or pork.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 398, Fat, total (g): 12, chol. (mg): 103, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 32, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 39, sodium (mg): 733, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.