PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN

This is the perfect recipe to enjoy with a nice cold beer.

PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast steaks
1 1/2-2 cups salted pretzels, any shape
1 tablespoon FRESH thyme leaves, chopped
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 LARGE eggs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Place the pretzels in a food processor and grind until fine.
  • Heat a large stainless steel skillet with butter and vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  • Transfer the ground pretzels to a shallow dish, add the thyme, salt and pepper.
  • 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 skillet, cooking in a single layer, about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, until the juices run clear and breading is evenly browned.

CHEESE SAUCE
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded (see notes)
2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
FRESH chopped Parsley leaves
1/4 small Vidalia onion, finely chopped

  • While the chicken is frying, in a medium sauce pan 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 mayonnaise until smooth.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Plate chicken and drizzle with the cheese sauce.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and finely chopped onion if desired.

NOTES:

  • Changing the cheese can change the flavor profile A LOT!

Originally posted June 29, 2011 without a picture so I updated it 😀

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