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A healthy gluten-free honey baked chicken breast recipe on a white dinner plate next to pretzels and pecans.
4.67 from 6 votes

Pretzel Pecan Honey Chicken

This Easy Baked Honey Chicken recipe has the best pretzel and pecan crust and makes an impressive main dish for a dinner party or special holiday gathering.

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 395 kcal


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts organic
  • ¼ cup flour gluten-free, 1-to-1 blend
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • tsp. black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup pretzel twists gluten-free
  • cup pecans or 3 oz., raw
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp. honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound chicken to 1-inch thick and cut chicken breasts into 4-ounce portions.
  3. In a mini-prep food processor add pretzels and process until they form crumbs. You should end up with about ⅔ cup of crushed pretzels.

  4. Remove pretzels from the processor and add the pecans. Pulse until the pecans are finely chopped. You should have about ½ cup of finely chopped pecans.
  5. In three separate shallow bowls add the flour, salt, and pepper to the first bowl, whisk the egg and milk in the second bowl, and toss together the pretzels and pecans in the third bowl.
  6. Dip each chicken breast in the flour mixture, dredge in the egg wash, and then coat completely in the pretzel-pecan mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  7. Place coated chicken breasts in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and top each with ½ tablespoon of butter.

  8. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  9. Just before serving drizzle 1/2-1 tablespoon of honey on each chicken breast. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  • Pretzels should weigh roughly 70 grams.
  • Nutrition facts have been adjusted based on some of the flour, egg wash, and pretzel/pecan mixture remaining.
  • Glutino pretzel twists are my suggested pretzel to use.  However, if you cannot find them Snyder's gluten-free pretzels or another regular pretzel will also work great but may need a little additional salt to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Pretzel Pecan Honey Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 479mg21%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 263IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.