Buffalo Chicken… Pretzels!

This month’s Pre-Made Our Way Challenge was to make soft pretzels.  As with many of the other challenges this month (Daring Bakers, not to mention any names), I waited until the last minute to make these pretzels.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested, I just never seemed to get around to it.

The original challenge includes a recipe for Alton Brown’s soft pretzels.  Since I have the utmost respect for Alton’s abilities in the kitchen, I did follow the pretzel portion of the recipe pretty closely (except I used part whole wheat flour instead of using only all purpose).

I was not the least bit surprised that the pretzels turned out beautifully – it’s an Alton Brown recipe, after all.  Of all of the chefs on TV, he is one of the ones that I respect the most. I like to watch cooking/food shows where I will learn something new, and I always learn new things when watching Alton.

Ok – now on to the pretzel making process…

The dough can be prepared easily in your stand mixer.  I mixed up the dough at lunchtime and made the pretzels around dinner time, so the dough had plenty of time to rise.  I divided the dough into eight equal portions (working with four at a time).

I made four “traditionally” shaped pretzels (to be utilized for my buffalo chicken pretzels… stay tuned), and four pretzel twists (for snacking).

Once the pretzels were shaped, they were plunged into boiling water with baking soda for 30 seconds, one at a time. After the dip in the hot water, the pretzels were baked in a 450° oven for 14 minutes.

In order to add my own twist (get it? pretzel… twist…  I know, really bad pun) I decided to turn the soft pretzels into dinner by making buffalo chicken pretzels.  These pretzels were inspired by one of my favorite appetizers at a local restaurant, Dukes – the Maryland crab pretzel.  They also have a buffalo chicken pretzel on the menu, but I have never tried it.  I intended to make the Maryland crab pretzel, but I didn’t have any crab in the house. Since I have pretty much used up my budget for the Penny Pinching Pantry Raid, I decided to make the buffalo chicken pretzel instead.

Buffalo Chicken Pretzels

  • 2 soft pretzels (recipe here)
  • 1 cup chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese

In a small bowl, combine the chicken breast, celery, light mayonnaise, and hot sauce.  Divide the mixture evenly between the two pretzels, spreading to coat the top of the pretzel. This is easier if your pretzels don’t have giant holes in them.  Top with the monterey jack cheese, and broil for 4-5 minutes, until the chicken mixture is warmed through and the cheese is bubbly and golden.

You still have time to join this month’s PMOW challenge!  Click on the image above for details. Special thanks to Natalie for hosting the challenge each month!

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11 Responses to Buffalo Chicken… Pretzels!
  1. Teanna
    July 28, 2009 | 11:29 am

    Can you be any more brilliant? Seriously!

  2. Tracy
    July 28, 2009 | 1:32 pm

    Those looks absolutely amazing. I LOVE Buffalo chicken! I will definitely have to try these. :-)

  3. jenn
    July 28, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    Pretzels have been on my list of the things to try to make. I have that Alton Brown recipe stuck to my wall to remind me to make it. Eventually I will.

    The buffalo chicken on top looks really good. *drool*

  4. Alta
    July 28, 2009 | 2:32 pm

    Evil! :) This sounds so good. I need to figure out a gluten-free pretzel recipe! I make buffalo chicken pizza regularly for my husband, why not buffalo chicken pretzel?

  5. Laura [What I Like]
    July 28, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    How genius! It would never have occurred to me to top a pretzel with anything other than a condiment. But I absolutely adore homemade soft pretzels, delicious!

  6. Nutmeg Nanny
    July 28, 2009 | 4:05 pm

    Oh shoot I forgot I wanted to do the pre-made our way challenge this month. I need to start writing down all the challenges I want to participate in at the beginning of the month. Sometimes there are just too many. Now onto your post. Your pretzels came out beautifully and like you I love AB. He is so smart and most of recipes turn out of delicious. The buffalo topping looks amazing too. So filling! Although I’m a sucker for a hot soft pretzel dipped in whipped cream cheese…yum!

  7. Natashya
    July 28, 2009 | 7:08 pm

    I have made soft pretzels a couple of times now and love them. But topping them with Buffalo chicken is inspired!!!

  8. Reeni
    July 28, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    These look delicious!! What a great idea to make them with chicken!! I have been craving soft pretzels like crazy!!

  9. Mags
    July 28, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    Brilliant combination. I love those flavors. Reminds me of a buffalo chicken pizza I make and I’m sure the pretzels would be just as flavorful. Plus… individual servings, I love it!

  10. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    July 29, 2009 | 9:35 am

    Yes, I would definitely love these for dinner too – yum!

  11. Charli
    August 8, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    Twist! hah! I do love a good pun…

    Way to combine two american classics–love it!

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