Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with Cheddar Cheese Sauce

2015-04-12
  • Yield : 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 10m
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Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, scrambled
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
  • Broccoli and Rice Pilaf, for serving, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Method

Step 1

In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and mustard until smooth. In a separate shallow dish, combine the pretzels and thyme.

Step 2

Dip the chicken in the egg mixture, letting the excess drip off. Dredge in the pretzel mixture to coat.

Step 3

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add half of the chicken and cook until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and keep warm. Repeat the procedure with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and chicken. Wipe the skillet clean.

Step 4

Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts and the sauce is smooth.

Step 5

Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Serve with Broccoli and Rice Pilaf.

Step 6

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the broth. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

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