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Pretzel Crusted Chicken Sandwich

Ninja Foodi Grill Recipe: Pretzel Crusted Chicken Sandwich

Paul Sidoriak
This pretzel crusted chicken sandwich has some of the same tastes you love from the most popular national chicken restaurant chains. But adding the pretzel crumbs is what sets this dish apart making it better than what you can buy in a restaurant.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Additional Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 22 mins
Cuisine Seafood
Calories 548 kcal


  • 1 can Pillsbury Grand biscuits
  • 6 chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 2 cups pickle juice optional
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup pretzel crumbs


  • Lay the chicken thighs flat on a cutting board
  • With a sharp knife remove any fat, silver skin, or tendons
  • If the meat is thicker in some areas lightly pound it flatter with a mallet or rolling pin under plastic wrap
  • If you want to brine the chicken place it in a zipper bag and cover it with the pickle juice. Allow it to soak in the refrigerator for 6 hours or as long as overnight
  • Preheat your air fryer to the highest setting
  • Remove the chicken and pat dry with paper towels
  • When the air fryer is preheated set it to bake at 325F and place the biscuits in the pan
  • Cook the biscuits for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through
  • While the biscuits are cooking begin to dredge your chicken
  • In a large bowl combine the panko and pretzel crumbs
  • In a mixing bowl combine eggs and oil
  • Whisk egg mixture thoroughly
  • When the biscuits are done remove them from the pan and set them aside to cool
  • Reheat your air fryer to 350F
  • While the air fryer is reheating bread the chicken by first dipping in the egg wash then into the pretzel crumb mixture to coat pressing firmly to form a bond between the meat and the crumbs
  • Place the breaded chicken thighs into your Ninja Foodi Grill in a single layer
  • Air fry at 350F for 10 minutes checking every 4 minutes
  • Turn the heat up to air fry at 390F and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes until the chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 175F and the pretzel crumbs have browned to your liking
  • Serve sandwich style on a biscuit


Using a pickle bath or brine is a wonderful way to add both flavor and moisture to the chicken thighs.
When I cook these chicken sandwiches I can barely wait to try them so I usually enjoy them with no condiments.
But feel free to top with mayonnaise, honey butter, or ranch dressing. Lettuce, tomato, and pickles, also make the sandwich pop with additional flavor.


Serving: 1gCalories: 548kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 37gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 229mgSodium: 2881mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17g
Keyword air fryer, air fryer chicken sandwich, chicken sandwich, ninja foodi grill, pickle brine
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