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I Know. Typical, salad on Monday.

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But this is so not your typical salad.

And it is most definitely not boring.

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For starters, the honey mustard pretzel crusted chicken.

It’s the bomb. Who knew coating chicken in honey mustard and then covering them in pretzels would be so good?

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To be honest this salad was originally going to involve pecan crusted chicken, but then I realized I had about seven pecans left. Seven pecans just was not gonna cut it.

I was SO frustrated. I never run out of anything. See, my mom and I have this problem. We STOCK up. Nuts, chips, flour (Iย buy the 50 pound bags from Costco), chocolate chips , peanut butter, basically anything that won’t go bad we have back ups for and then probably some back ups for those back ups. Yes, I am well aware that the whole 2012, Mayan prediction, end of civilization as we know it, already passed (thank goodness), we just like to stock up. Hey we have a big family!.

I promise though, we only stock up on food. I hate clutter and basically anything that has no use to me just taking up space. It bugs me along with white plastic, but that is a whole other story. And really if I told you about that today you really would consider reporting me to an insane asylum.

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So the pecans were NOT happening. I was not about to go outside in the blowing snow and freeze my butt off just for pecans. So I switched gears and it was probably the best thing I could have done.

Roasted Honey Mustard pretzels are delicious!

Seriously, I am new to this whole honey mustard concept but am now in love. Whoa!

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Basically, this salad is really simple.

Coat the chicken, whisk together the dressing, toss the pretzels with a few tablespoons of the dressing, roast the pretzels to crisp deliciousness, toss together some lettuce, spinach, strawberries (unexpected, but SO good in this) and avocado. Divvy up the greens, top with some sliced chicken, honey roasted pretzels, gorgonzola cheese and a generous drizzle of honey mustard dressing. Done!

Oh, and really guys don’t skip the strawberries. The strawberries with the honey mustard flavors gives the most amazing sweet and tangy combo. Plus, it is totally healthy! It is awesome.

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Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken Salad with Spicy Honey Mustard Dressing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 474 kcal

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders (or 2 large breast cut into tenders)
  • 1 1/4 cups crushed thin pretzel twists
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Honey Mustard Dressing

For the Salad

  • 2 cups tiny twist pretzels for the honey mustard roasted pretzel-croutons
  • 4-6 cup bib lettuce or a mix of lettuce and spinach
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 2 ounces feta cheese crumbled


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the honey, mustard, egg white and whisk well. Toss the chicken in the honey mustard and set aside. Place the pretzels in a sealable plastic bag, seal, and finely crush through the bag with a meat mallet or other heavy utensil (or just carefully step on the bag). Spread the mixture out on a large plate or in a large dish. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Remove one piece of chicken at a time from the mustard. Place in the pretzels crumb bag and use your fist to pound the pretzels onto the chicken. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken. Mist the tops of the pretzel crusted chicken with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through baking, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve with the salad.
  • While the chicken cooks combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Whisk well and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Remove a few tablespoons (I think I used around three) of the dressing and place in a medium size mixing bowl. Toss the whole pretzels with the dressing an place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Place in the oven with chicken for 10-15 minutes or until the pretzels have turned golden brown, flipping halfway through (don't forget about them, they can burn quickly). Remove from the oven, let cool 5 minutes and then transfer to a bowl.
  • In a large bowl toss the lettuce, spinach, strawberries and avocado together. Plate the salad and top each plate with a sliced piece of chicken, roasted honey mustard pretzels and feta cheese. Drizzle with more dressing.

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Monday salad never tasted so good! Seriously, I am not joking.

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    1. Hey Denning,
      So sorry, I am only able to provide an estimated calorie count. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS! My husband said “add this one to the rotation, it’s a keeper” and he is not wrong! We used Goldfish Pretzels vs pretzel twists and they were the perfect “crouton!” This chicken is also phenomenal on its own. Def a keeper!

    1. Oh that is so amazing! I am so glad this recipe turned out so amazing for you Kristen! Thank you so much! xTieghan

  2. When do you use the tsp. of seasoned salt for the chicken? I see it in the ingredient list, but not in the cooking instructions…

  3. Loving this so much! Honey mustard dressing on top of salads with chicken – pretty much a staple in my diet. Thanks for linking to this on my post!

    1. Thanks Sally!! I always think your diet is cookies and sprinkles and peanut butter with pretzels, but I guess you have to eat other stuff as well!! LOL

  4. Looks great!

    I would love for you to link up this – and your other salad recipes – at Empty Your Archive. We have a special focus this week on salads, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x<

  5. This looks amazing! Wow. I have never seen anything like it and i want to try it so much. Come visit me over at my blog!

  6. Mmmmm…. That looks so tasty! Reminds me of this recipe we use from Rachel Ray that has pretzel crusted chicken dipped in this cheesy mustard sauce. But this is healthier. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This looks wonderful and so pretty! I love pecan chicken, and pretzel crusted chicken sounds like an amazing substitute. Yum! I will have to give it a try.

  8. This looks amazing! Saw it over at Marvelous Mondays and had to stop over! This is going on my must-try list. Photos are stunning! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

  9. That looks fabulous! Quick thinking and a really good turn out! Consider linking it up with me on Wow Us Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love it!

  10. This sounds so good, I love pretzels! I’ve had a pecan crusted chicken salad, but never pretzel. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Most definitely not a boring salad. In fact, it’s the most fun salad I think I’ve ever seen.
    Visiting from Foodie Friday.

  12. I made this for dinner last night and we loved it! I liked the addition of smoked paprika to the honey mustard dressing and using pretzels as a coating. Who would have thought to use crushed pretzels instead of pecans or cornflakes, or panko and so forth. Well, obviously you did, lol. Plus, the additional whole pretzels baked in the sauce was brilliant! I have friends coming to visit Thursday evening, and I will be making this again for them. Thanks so much for the recipe, hon. I enjoy your blog.

    1. YEAH! I am so happy you made this and loved!! Thanks so much for letting me know and thank you for you nice words! I hope you friends love the salad as much as you did! Thanks so much for reading!

    1. Thank you and of course! Just make sure you provide a link back to my site and do not include the recipe in your post. Thanks again!

  13. Now that salad looks like a party! I bet it tastes amazing! Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle : )

    xoxo Liz

  14. wow, this salad is gorgeous! i love the freshness of the strawberries and I love that honey mustard (you have no idea how much i love honey mustard dressing – i drink it, not really, but i would if it weren’t gross to do so haha)

    1. Ha! I am pretty sure I took a couple of rather large spoon fulls of the dressing myself! It is good! Oh, and I think the strawberries are my favorite part! They add something really awesome to the salad!

  15. Holy cow! This looks so yummy. Makes me excited for Summer. Pinned it! Can’t wait to make it.

  16. Hello, gorgeous!! I am totally digging this flavor combo! Pass me a fork, Pa-lease?

    1. Thanks Lauren! I would bring you some, but I hear there is a whole lot of snow headed our way……so much for spring!

  17. Seriously, this is stunning! And these flavors – so perfect for a fun salad. I love this!

    1. Thank you Cassie!! Can you believe I am a newbie honey mustard fan? I kind of went crazy, but it was so good!

  18. Oh my, I love all of these ingredients. I’m making this first chance I get. Looks great and sounds delicious. I would love for you to link up to Tuesday Trivia @
    Have a great week Love.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  19. Angela, thank you for your awesome comment! I hope you love the BBQ sauce and I hope you love this salad! Let me know what you think of both!