Adults and kids alike devour these crunchy pretzel-coated chicken nuggets. What really makes them special is the tart-sweet cranberry dipping sauce. Make some extra sauce to spread on post-holiday turkey sandwiches.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray.

  • Toss chicken in a bowl with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the chicken and toss again.

  • Place pretzels in a large sealable bag. Crush with the bottom of a metal or plastic measuring cup or meat mallet until coarsely crushed. Pour into a shallow dish. Beat eggs in another shallow dish.

  • Shake any excess flour off the chicken, dip in the eggs, letting excess drip off, then roll in the pretzels. Transfer to the prepared rack. Coat the chicken generously on both sides with cooking spray.

  • Bake, turning once halfway, until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine cranberries, orange juice and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then puree in a mini food processor until mostly smooth. Mix in mustard. Serve with the nuggets.

Nutrition Facts

about 8 nuggets and 3 tablespoons sauce
357 calories; protein 31.2g; carbohydrates 46.3g; dietary fiber 2.2g; sugars 22.7g; fat 6.3g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 102.1mg; vitamin a iu 181.8IU; vitamin c 25.5mg; folate 73.2mcg; calcium 28.2mg; iron 2.7mg; magnesium 17.6mg; potassium 178.1mg; sodium 366.4mg; added sugar 17g.

3 1/2 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fruit