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Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust

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This recipe was inspired by a recipe that was featured in a food magazine article about a prominent NYC bakery/cafe. I remember the article because it was published one year before I moved to NY City. In the piece, the co-owner shared her recipe for mustard-baked chicken with a pretzel crust. I created my own version of this recipe, turning it into a snack made with a peanut butter-based marinade. I made the other half of the marinade into a sauce as well. The result was a memorably tasty, nutty version of the original. It’s now a classic recipe in my household.

 Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

 Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter

10 ounces salted, hard, preferably handmade/artisan pretzels
½ pound skinless and boneless thick chicken breasts, cleaned and seasoned with fresh black pepper, sea salt, and cayenne pepper; depending on size, cut chicken into 2- to 3-inch pieces
1 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup apple cider beer or apple cider, plus more as needed

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Place pretzels in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. Repeatedly pulse the pretzels until the mixture is a crumbly mix of fine and coarse chunks. Place pretzel crumbs into a large shallow bowl.

 Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust - Repeatedly pulse the pretzels until the mixture is a crumbly mix of fine and coarse chunks.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients, except the seasoned chicken breasts to make the peanut butter marinade. Divide in half into separate bowls.

 Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust - In another bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients, except the seasoned chicken breasts to make the peanut butter marinade.

4. Dredge chicken breasts in the first half of the peanut butter marinade and then in the pretzel crumbs. Place chicken breasts on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.

 Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust - Place chicken breasts on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet

5. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they’re completely done.

6. Serve chicken strips with the (unused) second half of the peanut butter marinade.

 Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust - Serve chicken strips with the (unused) second half of the peanut butter marinade.

Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust, 7.2 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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30 Responses to Peanut Butter Chicken Strips with a Pretzel Crust

  1. Deb says:

    Wow–this looks soooo good! My only suggestion would be to use HimalaSalt pink salt (from Sustainable Sourcing, here’s their website: https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com )…which will totally UP the flavor that much more!

    Thanks for posting this recipe–can’t wait to make it! Yum!!

  2. Justin Z. says:

    This recipe sounds phenomenal, I may just make it tonight, always looking for new ways to cook up chicken.

  3. Carly says:

    I’d make this recipe for my “special someone.” Chicken and peanut butter represent two of about four foods we both like! Great combo with the pretzels; seems like a healthy take on fried chicken.

  4. Shannon says:

    OMG! Why haven’t I seen a recipe like this before?!!! We were looking for a new recipe to try this week and I believe I just found it! I can easily see this becoming our new favorite!

    Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  5. Tamara says:

    This recipe is right up my (and my fiancé’s) alley! I love making baked chicken strips at home and there’s nothing about this recipe that the two of us don’t love. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Shanna Herndon says:

    This sounds amazing! My hubby and kids will love this!

  7. Amanda says:

    Oh my goodness I think my husband and 3 year old will love this! I’m always trying new chicken recipes, will def have to give this one a shot! 🙂

  8. Dawn Christopher says:

    Would be great for the race this weekend with friends!!

  9. Diana Jones says:

    This recipe sounds great! My husband and I are both diabetic and I am constantly looking for diabetic-friendly ways to cook with peanut butter…can’t wait to try it!

  10. Cyndie Norell says:

    I would love to make this!!

  11. Debra Rusling says:

    Will Have to try this one !!!!!

  12. Jen says:

    This looks amazing!

  13. Melissa McKenna says:

    Company coming over or not, this looks and sounds fantastic!!!

  14. Claude Bouchard says:

    I’d make this for guests; it sounds delicious!

  15. Sarah Sparks says:

    I really want to make this recipe this week.

  16. Stephanie says:

    This looks so good!!! Will definately have to try it! My 12yr old will love this!

  17. Candace says:

    I’d make this for my company AND all of my family!! Looks delicious

  18. Mippy says:

    Hi!
    This looks wonderful and I would make this if I had company coming over! 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! 😀
    bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  19. laura brady says:

    This looks so good. I love to try new chicken recipes.

  20. michele degroote says:

    Yumm…… I am a huge fan of peanut butter and chicken recipies and this one looks delicious!! I cant wait to try this as an wrap for my lunch next week!! Yummm…..

  21. Sharon Tolsma says:

    I love this recipe!!! Peanut butter and pretzel coating makes this so unique but oh so tasty!!!

  22. andrea smythia says:

    This sounds amazing! I will be trying this one out.

  23. Bunny says:

    ive never been big on peanut butter and meat together. But having has peanut sauce, i can see where this might be good. i also love pretzels. My bf would probably not go for it, so this would be a recipe to test out on my own!

  24. Jacqueline says:

    this sounds divine! i’ve done mustard crusted chicken, but peanut butter would be a whole new kind of yum! I’m making this tonight, for me, myself, and I!

  25. Gordon says:

    I gotta try this. I cook a lot with peanut butter.

  26. Jennifer says:

    This is a definite must try! Thanks for sharing such a great looking recipe!

  27. Suzanne Phillips says:

    I would definitely make the peanut butter chicken strips with a pretzel crust. This looks amazing!

  28. Sherrie says:

    Wow! This looks so good. We are always looking for ways to switch up our dinners. We eat an awful lot of chicken, but this adds a new twist!

  29. FC Foley says:

    I have used smooth operator with chicken before to make a Thai Chicken pizza with a whole wheat store bought pizza crust. Mixing the peanut butter with some thai peanut sauce and hoisin and spread it on the crust. Than add shredded chicken and cheeses. Whatever cheeses you like. Bake or grill and Yummmo.
    The pretzel chicken would be nice for my daughter she loves both ingredients.

  30. khalif says:

    Man this looks soo good I am definitely gonna try this

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