Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Whenever I visit my family in Minnesota, I can't wait to get my hands on a bag of Dot's Homestyle Pretzels. They're coated in a top-secret seasoning mix that I crave! This recipe recreates the flavor of Dot's, using butter-flavored pretzels mixed with ranch seasoning, so now we can satisfy that craving year-round. The pretzel mix is the perfect coating for chicken fingers that are fried till crispy then served with a punchy-sweet dipping sauce.
For the dipping sauce: Whisk together both mustards with the brown sugar, honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Cover and set aside until ready to use.
For the chicken fingers: Pulse the pretzels in a food processor until finely ground but pea-sized bits remain. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the ranch dressing mix or onion powder and garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
Beat the eggs with 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in another medium bowl.
Whisk the flour with 1 tablespoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a third medium bowl.
Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Dredge 1 chicken piece at a time in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess, then dip into the egg to evenly coat, and finally evenly coat in the pretzel crumbs. Transfer to the prepared wire rack.
Heat 1/2 inch oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Test the temperature of the oil by dropping a pinch of leftover flour in the oil. When it sizzles and rises to the top, the oil is ready for frying. Add half of the chicken to the skillet and fry until golden brown, flipping once, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer with tongs to a paper towel-lined plate. Season with a sprinkle of salt. Repeat the frying process with the remaining chicken.
Serve the chicken fingers warm with the mustard dipping sauce.