This Pretzel Coated Vegan Chicken with Spicy Maple Drizzle is a much easier and slightly healthier version of fried chicken! It’s breaded in pretzels, pan fried and then drizzled with a spicy maple drizzle. Pretzels are naturally brown and crunchy so it is the perfect “cheat” for a super delectable looking and tasting “fried chicken” recipe!
Greg and I both agree that this is one of the best recipes we’ve made lately! It’s such a good recipe to turn to when you want fried chicken but don’t want fried chicken, you know? I actually don’t deep fry at home! I only even pan-fry. I’m a bit too scared to deep fry honestly, my dad works in the insurance industry and has many a story about houses burning down because someone was trying to deep fry French fries and didn’t really know how. So, whenever I want something that is more on the comfort food side, I find a safer way to make it haha!
The key to crispy coating…
The key is here is to double coat the vegan chicken (or tofu, or seitan, whatever you’re using). So dip in the liquid, then the breading, then liquid again, then breading again. Having a thicker coating is essential since the pretzel pieces are kinda big and we want coating with no holes or missing pieces. You could definitely spritz with oil and air fry or bake these, but I opted for the good ol pan-fry in a healthy drizzle of oil. Fast, easy, and perfect every time!
The best flavour is the spicy maple drizzle though. I have been mixing hot sauce and maple syrup to use as a condiment since I first went vegan. Its amazing on noodle bowls, sandwiches and tofu. But its extra extra amazing on this pretzel coated vegan chicken!
Once you remove the hot chicken from the pan, drizzle some of the spicy maple sauce overtop and enjoy. Greg actually used the leftovers on a burger(see photo below) and holy wow it was yummy!