Baked Parmesan Pretzel Chicken

Baked Parmesan Pretzel Chicken, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Okay, I have to admit that I love baked parmesan pretzel chicken because it is healthy and the possibilities are endless! Add the chicken strips to a salad with croutons, and you have a healthy salad. You can serve it with pasta and tomato sauce, and you have a lovely Italian dish.

Also, you can serve the chicken strips along with your favorite dipping sauce and fries on the side.

For this dish, I used dairy-free parmesan cheese and gluten-free pretzels.
But of course, you can use regular cheese and pretzels.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

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Here are the alternative options

My favorite dairy-free cheese from Follow Your Heart
Pretzel Crisps by the Snack Factory
Breading Pretzel Mixture, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Baked Parmesan Pretzel Chicken

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 cups pretzels optional: Gulten Free Pretzels
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese optional: Dairy Free Parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400° degrees F
  • Grease a baking pan with a little bit of oil.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into slices about 1 -1½ inches wide.
  • Chicken breasts need to be thinned out. Use mallet and wax paper. Cover the chicken slices with wax paper and pound down to 1 " thick.
  • In a blender, combine the pretzels, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and paprika. Pulse until you get a fine consistency. Place in a mixing bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, beat the egg with salt and pepper.
  • Dip the chicken strips (one at a time) into the egg mixture and then into the pretzel mixture. Then place each chicken strip onto the baking pan.
  • Bake in the lower oven rack for 20-25 mins, or until coating is golden.
  • Remove from the oven and top with extra cheese.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Example: Honey-Mustard, BBQ Sauce.
  • Extra Bonus: Add tomato sauce and mozzarella, bake for another 5 mins and you have chicken parmesan.

Notes

You can serve this dish with as a salad and add the chicken strips on top.  Also, you can use pasta and add sauce and you have a quick Italian dinner. 

Roasted Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese

Yes, cheese please! For all the cheese lovers out there…here’s a healthy side dish that’s tasty and satisfying. 

Roasted Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Zucchini is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Here are 12 Reasons why zucchini is healthy for you by the healthline website.

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Follow Your Heart (Dairy-Free and Vegan Products)

Note: I used dairy-free cheddar cheese from Follow Your Heart. They are a wonderful company that has an assortment of dairy products for those that are dairy intolerant.
More about them here.

Roasted Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium-size zucchini, cut about ½ inch slices
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • cheddar cheese or dairy-free cheese (Note: I used dairy-free cheese).
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425° degrees
  • In a medium-size bowl toss the zucchini slices with olive oil, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 
  • Spread the zucchini on a baking sheet with foil underneath for easy cleaning. Add a little extra olive oil if desired. Be careful not to overlap the zucchini.
  • Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of the zucchini.
  • Roast the zucchini for 10-13 mins. 
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate.

Crispy Oven-Baked Garlic Fries

These potatoes are so yummy…it’s like love at first bite. They are a perfect weekend meal when you are busy getting other projects done. Plus, it pairs well with other main dishes. I promise you it’s a win-win.

Garlic French Fries, The Comfy Cabin, 2022
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image by Quotes Gram

Crispy Oven-Baked Garlic Fries

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder optional, 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450° degrees F
  • Cut the potatoes into ¼ sticks
  • In a large bowl soak the potatoes in cold water for 15 mins. and sprinkle salt. This helps with the crisping process because it helps remove the starch and adds extra flavor.
  • After 15 mins. drain the potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the potatoes in a new bowl. Add olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to distribute all the spices.
  • In a large baking sheet, add extra olive oil and spread the potatoes. Leave some space in between each potato so they can bake evenly. Place on the bottom rack of the oven.
  • Bake for 45 mins. or until golden crisp.
  • Add parsley and serve immediately.
    Optional: You can serve the potatoes with parmesan cheese or crumble blue cheese.