Make dinner fun for the family and serve up some delicious chicken fingers! Sheet Pan Pretzel Chicken Dinner is not only #kidfriendly but also #budget friendly and quick.
I had this bag of pretzels. And I had this bag of green melting chocolate. And I had this bottle of Halloween colored sprinkles. They never came together to make the cute, monster coated pretzel sticks I saw on Pinterest with the candy eyes.
So, I had this bag of pretzels. For like, well over a year. Did you know that pretzels, if unopened, actually DO go bad? Well, not bad per se, but they do get stale. Yes. Even if they’re unopened. I was just a shocked as you were
We watch the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead and now it got me thinking; is this what they’re eating? Stale pretzels? Stale chips? Stale crackers? Even canned goods eventually go bad or just not quite right.
Oh, don’t give me that look. We’ve ALL had that one can we found in the back of the pantry and just wondered if it REALLY did go bad. So, of course, you had to open it and see. Don’t deny it. You know you did. Just accept it. Embrace it. And now move on. Curious gets the better of us sometimes.
And then there’s me. I have issues with throwing out what I think is perfectly good food. I’m sure it’s not what the hubs signed up for, but, when you come from using every ounce of food and pushing the use by date to its fullest extent, you don’t like throwing food out. When, “Does this smell bad?” is a mantra, you don’t like throwing out food.
I know. I don’t paint a pretty picture of the AKHA household, but I’m learning to cook just what we need to eat and maybe an extra leftover so I have a lunch in the freezer for when I need it. When you’re used to cooking for the masses, it’s so not easy to downsize your recipes. But, I’m trying and I think I’m doing okay. We don’t toss out too much food; just the left overs that don’t make up a full portion.
But, I still had this bag of pretzels. And I made this potato chip chicken that was to die for, so why not pretzel chicken? Doritos chicken? Frito chicken? I mean, the possibilities are pretty endless – well, until you run out of snack foods.
So, please make sure you use a fresh bag of pretzels for this recipe. While I’m not sure if the hubs really noticed or not, I did. I spiced things up to try to mask that flavor I tasted. Honestly, I don’t even know if he noticed it. I’ve noticed that, lately, I’ve been uber sensitive to the flavor of plastic; bags, containers, wraps. So, maybe he didn’t taste it at all.
What I DO know, is that this chicken, stale pretzels and all, was delicious. I loved the crunch from the pretzels and the panko. The herbs and spices were perfect for these oven baked chicken tenders. The crispy potatoes and earthy sprouts really made for a well-balanced meal. And since the chicken is baked instead of fried, you can easily serve this up to your family and know that they’re eating an amazingly healthy meal!
What snack food would you coat chicken with?
PEP Counts: Veg - 2 Bread - 5 Meat - 3
Veg - 2
Bread - 5
Meat - 3