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      Pretzel Crusted Fried Chicken

      Serves 4


      1 chicken

      1/2 pound sourdough pretzels

      2 cups buttermilk

      2 tablespoons paprika

      2 egg whites

      2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

      salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

      Method of Preparation:

      1.Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Cut chicken into pieces: 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings, and 2 breasts. Remove skin and trim any fat. Set chicken aside.

      2.Place pretzels in a heavy-duty, resealable plastic bag and crush into coarse crumbs. Divide pretzel crumbs between 2 shallow dishes.

      3.In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk, paprika, egg whites, mustard, salt, and pepper. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in pretzel crumbs from first dish, then dip into buttermilk mixture, shaking off excess. Coat thoroughly with crumbs from second dish.

      4.Place on parchment-lined baking pan and bake until chicken crust is crispy and an instant- read thermometer inserted into meat registers 165 degree F, about 20 minutes. The chicken can also be fried, which will take about 15 minutes.