2-Ingredient Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers (Air Fryer Recipe)

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 19, 2018

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Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers: An addictive pretzel snack transforms itself into a superlative breading for chicken fingers that are toasted quickly in an air fryer.

I contemplated the crumbs at the bottom of a honey mustard flavored pretzel snack bag, wondered why there were so many tiny pieces, and whether they should be eaten or tossed. These are the big questions in life, folks.

Eaten of course! But how else could I deploy them, other than pretzel detritus straight into the mouth? And thus, was born this little genius tip, a kind of recipe strategy.

You’re going to laugh when I tell you this “recipe.” It is boneless, skinless chicken thighs, and pulverized honey mustard pretzel bites. That’s it.

I can show you easily how to make it, so let’s have a visual recipe today.

How to Make 2-Ingredient
Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers

Snyder's Honey Mustard Onion PiecesThis is my favorite brand of honey mustard pretzels. They’re crazy addictive, and I shouldn’t even have them in the house, but I tell myself I am getting them for my teenager. Ha! Delusions are wonderful, aren’t they? But when all the big pieces are eaten, you’re left with teensy tiny bits. There is a ton of flavor in these pretzels — sweet honey, mustard, garlic, onion, salt. It’s everything you would put in a coating anyway, right?

Pretzels in the food processorWhirl them up in a small food processor, until they form crumbs. If you don’t have a small food processor, get one.

Pretzel crumbs for breading chickenPut those whirled pretzel crumbs in a wide, shallow bowl.  Cut skinless, boneless chicken thighs into strips (about 3 strips per thigh, is my guess). Crank your air fryer up to 400F degrees and get it started heating by turning the dial to 20 minutes (there is nothing in the air fryer at this point). Don’t have an air fryer? This is the one I have, and I love it. I use it daily, and sometimes twice a day. Think of it as a small, counter-top convection oven.

Chicken fingers breaded with pretzel crumbsBread all the pieces well by rolling them one by one around in the crumbs, and then put them on a plate or a board.

Chicken fingers in the air fryerLay them into the air fryer basket, close it, and adjust the timing for 10 minutes or so. The coating will get darker brown and will make your house smell amazing! At the 10-minute mark, I like to insert an instant-read thermometer in them to make sure they are done (at least 165F degrees for food safety), but you don’t have to do this if you don’t have one. Give them the poke test with your finger…they’re done.

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken FingersUsing a tongs, place them on a plate. I’m betting you won’t even have to call anyone to the kitchen…the aroma wafting through the house will do that for you.


Here’s a little written recipe card for Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers, below, if you really think you need it. But honestly, just wing it. Two ingredients…you can do this! Do not let the kitchen intimidate you!

2-Ingredient Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

2-Ingredient Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers: An addictive pretzel snack transforms itself into a superlative breading for chicken fingers that are toasted quickly in an air fryer.



  1. Whirl pretzel pieces in a small food processor until they become crumbs. Pour crumbs into a wide, shallow bowl.
  2. Cut chicken thighs into fingers (about 3 fingers per thigh, or so). Heat air fryer to 400F degrees and set the timer for 20 minutes to get it started heating.
  3. One by one, roll chicken fingers in crumbs, setting each one as it is coated onto a plate or cutting board. When all are coated, open air fryer and place chicken fingers carefully into the basket. Re-set timer to 10 minutes. At 10-minute mark, test chicken fingers with an instant-read thermometer (it should be at least 165F degrees, and will possibly read higher), or give it the poke test.
  4. When done, remove from air fryer with a tongs, to a plate.
  5. Enjoy!


Recipe credit: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie Gillette November 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

I actually had this brainstorm tonight. I have a bag of these and while, I love the flavor, I find them too crunchy so I was thinking maybe I should crush them up in the Ninja and make them a breading. I can’t wait to try it. I am sure it is a winner!


Dorothy Reinhold November 18, 2019 at 6:20 pm

Go for it! Too crunchy….not a thing for me!


Hollie Sic November 1, 2018 at 7:36 am

I always appreciate simple recipes. I can’t believe how minimal the ingredients are which is nice.


Raine September 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

Oh, gosh, that’s so simple and brilliant! I love those honey mustard pretzels, too, so I already have some in the pantry, haha


Dorothy Reinhold September 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Ruh roh….you’re in trouble then. 🙂


Anna September 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

The pretzel crust idea is awesome!


Holly September 20, 2018 at 7:31 am

Okay, this is genius! My fiancee and I love these pretzels, so I definitely want to try.


Kasey Ma September 20, 2018 at 5:48 am

OOH yum! my mom used to make this for me when I was younger. 🙂


Abeer September 20, 2018 at 2:21 am

I love how crispy these chicken fingers look! So yummy!


Catalina September 20, 2018 at 2:20 am

This is kind of meal that my kid goes crazy! I need to make it for him!


Mahy Elamin September 20, 2018 at 1:03 am

yessss! This is the perfect recipe for me. Looks VERY tasty!


Luci September 19, 2018 at 10:56 pm

Yummy. I love pretzels and I haven’t thought about coating chicken in crushing up.


Leanne September 19, 2018 at 8:07 pm

This honey pretzel chicken recipe looks really delicious and fun to make! Thanks for sharing 🙂


Dee September 19, 2018 at 7:54 pm

These look so tasty, and I love these pretzels!


Jamielyn September 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm

I LOVE this idea! These look so crispy and flavorful!


Paula September 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

I have seriously got to get an air fryer!


Dorothy Reinhold September 20, 2018 at 10:48 am

You do, you do!


Chelsea September 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

These look so delicious and so simple to make!


Molly F Tullis September 19, 2018 at 10:05 am

This looks so good!


Chelsea September 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

OMG, these look amazing, and I bet they taste just as good! I’m always looking for a quick dinner for my kids. I’m going to the store today to pick these pretzels up! Yum!


Dorothy Reinhold September 19, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Pick up 2 bags. Just sayin’ 🙂


Megan September 19, 2018 at 8:51 am

I’m always looking for new air fryer recipes! I’ve never even thought of using pretzels to coat chicken. This sounds amazing!


Meeta September 19, 2018 at 8:07 am

OH MY GOLLY! Really a no brainer. I have these pretzel bits in the cabinet now (I love them) but would have never thougth of using them to coat chicken . I know whatÄs for dinner now!


Dorothy Reinhold September 19, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Do you just tip the bag into your mouth when it gets down to the little bits at the end? {Not that I have ever done that.} 🙂


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