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Air Fryer Pretzel Chicken Cordon Bleu

The air fryer is going to take this pretzel chicken cordon bleu to the next level! The crunchy pretzel crust and the melty Swiss cheese make for a perfect twist on a classic weeknight meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time27 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 543kcal
Author: Jessica Mode


  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (approximately 4.5 lbs)
  • 3 cups pretzels (use gluten free alternative if necessary)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 10 slices deli style honey ham
  • 5 slices Swiss cheese
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat air fryer to 375 °F.
  • Trim excess fat from chicken thighs.
  • To a food processor, add three cups of pretzels. Pulse until pretzels turn into a fine powder (5-10 seconds). Pour pretzel crumbs onto a plate.
  • To a small mixing bowl, add 2 eggs. Beat until yoke and whites are combined and there are no remaining streaks.
  • Lay the chicken out flat on a plastic cutting board or plate. Add 2 slices of ham and 1 slice of Swiss cheese to each chicken thigh. Roll the chicken so the ham and the cheese are surrounded. Secure using toothpicks. Repeat process with 4 remaining chicken thighs.
  • Dunk the chicken thighs in the egg mixture until the outside is completely coated. Immediately roll the chicken in the pretzel crumbs until a thin layer coats the outside. Repeat process with 4 remaining chicken thighs.
  • Place chicken on the air fryer tray and lightly spray with cooking oil. Bake in the air fryer for 26- 30 minutes, until chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from air fryer. Remove toothpicks from chicken. Serve on top of a bed of arugula or spinach for added presentation.


If you do not have an air fryer, you can cook chicken thighs in the oven. Heat thighs through until they reach an internal temperature of 165 °F. To achieve the crispy crust, pour approximately 1 tablespoon of melted, unsalted butter over top of chicken thigh before you put it in the oven.


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 1431mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 4mg