Pecan-Pretzel Crusted Chicken by the Hungry Housewife

Recipe by me
4 skinless, boneless chicken boobs
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons REAL maple syrup
Salt and Pepper
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup pretzels, chopped
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
4 teaspoons corn starch
1/8 teaspoon red pepper(or more if your the hot and spicy type)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper
Place the chicken in a large sturdy freezer zip lock bag.
Pound the chicken until they are even in thickness, about 1/2 inch thick
Mix eggs, Dijon, maple syrup salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
Pour over chicken in zip lock bag and marinate in the fridge for a couple hours.
In a shallow dish(I use pie pans),mix together pecans ,pretzels, bread crumbs, corn starch, red pepper, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
Remove the chicken from the zip lock bag and let some of the egg mixture dip off.
Place in the pie pan and firmly press the chicken on both sides in the bread crumb mixture.
Fill a large pan with about 1" of peanut oil and heat over medium heat.
The oil is hot enough when you stick the handle of a wooden spoon to the bottom of the pan and bubbles form around the wooden handle (a little trick I learned from Rachel Ray)
Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink.
Or you can bake these...just spray the coated chicken with non stick spray and bake at 350 for 25 -30 minutes or until no longer pink.