Today is FUN-DAY MONDAY! For those not in the “know” fun-day Monday is a day where Mike and I throw caution to the wind; we say screw our diets that we tried so hard to keep up on all week-long and pig the “you know what” out! Mike watches football, I watch my computer and/or video games and try my best to ignore football and eat pretty much what we want when we want! (yea, nobody said it was the healthiest “holiday”) It’s something we started doing a few years ago during football season only, (it obviously has not been so great on our waistlines) it gives us a little something to look forward to: for me it’s to celebrate the end a work week and for Mike something to start the work week with. Yes, we’re kind of weird! Even though we’re both trying to stick with our diets (did I mention the two of us are having a competition, whoever loses 5% of their body weight first wins an awesome prize) we didn’t want to give up on FUN-DAY MONDAY! So, if anyone has been following along so anxiously in their cookbooks, the next recipe (a salad btw) in line is not the recipe I’ve decided to do today! This recipe just screamed (REALLY REALLY LOUD) FUN-DAY MONDAY!
Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Fingers
PER SERVING: (entire recipe) 349 calories, 2.5g fat, 928mg sodium, 38g carbs, 1g fiber, 13.5g sugar, 37g protein
It’s 7 weight watcher points, and if it was any other day than monday I probably would have made the whole thing and shared it with Mike instead of doubling it like I did! 🙂 Besides I busted my ass today and earned myself 11 activity points, so I deserve it!
3 tbls. honey mustard
2 tbls. fat-free liquid egg substitute
5 oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into 4 strips
2 dashes salt
2 dashes black pepper
1 oz. (about 10 twists) hard salted pretzels, finely crushed (so I think I bought the wrong kind of pretzels one ounce of the kind I bought was about 30)
2 tsp. granulated sugar (I wonder why she didn’t use splenda………..)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix honey mustard and egg substitute together in a small bowl. Season chicken strips with salt and pepper, and then submerge in the mustard-egg mixture. Set aside to marinate for at least 5 minutes. (I started writing this entry while they marinated and kind of lost track of time, I think it was about 15 minutes)
Mix crusted pretzels with sugar and spread mixture out on a plate. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Thoroughly coat chicken strips with the pretzel-sugar mixture, and then transfer to the baking sheet. Discard excess mustard-egg mixture. (Duh!) Mist the tops of the strips with nonstick spray.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through baking, until chicken is cooked through.
Eat and enjoy!
My first bite reaction: Great fun-day monday pick!
Mike’s first bite reaction: I like it! (the variety in his choice of words are so limited sometimes!)
Taste: I love me some fried food! (obviously or I wouldn’t be on Weight Watchers haha!) These reminded me of a sweet and salty version an old long-lost friend! (aka fried chicken strips) The pretzel wasn’t as overly “pretzely” as I would have thought, but it lended a great crunch! And the sugar? Who knew that it could be so good! The honey mustard just helped tie it all together so eloquently! (if you can even speak that way about food without being mocked, I dunno!) Needless to say (and so I stop rambling) I liked these a lot!
Texture: Not too crispy, not too soggy! Pretty much just how I imagined oven fried chicken would be! I do believe the honey mustard “marinade” helped the chicken stay nice and moist!
Satisfaction: For 7 weight watcher points, I wasn’t 100% satisfied. Maybe 99%, but like I said before, I’m kind of stingy with my points! Luckily today was FUN-DAY MONDAY and I had a super low point breakfast and lunch to make up for it! Satisfaction gets 4 out of 5 stars, just simply because it has too many points for my frugal points spending self!
Creativity: I believe that I am pretty creative when it comes to cooking. I think outside of the box and put weird things together all the time! This I could have never imagined in a million years! Honey mustard, pretzels, chicken; it makes sense on paper right? Oh, it will make sense in your tummy too! (I was gonna say in your mouth but that sounded dirty, haha)
I love fun-day monday! And now I have a new favorite to add to the repertoire!
What kind of odd combinations have you used to “bread” oven fried chicken?