Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
12 Mins
Fry Time
15 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Make a crispy coating for fried chicken with by dredging the chicken in a mixture of flour and saltine crackers, plus a hit of freshly ground pepper.  Cut leftover chicken into strips, and serve over salad greens. Drizzle with creamy Ranch or blue cheese dressing.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.

Step 2

Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper evenly over chicken. Set aside.

Step 3

Combine cracker crumbs, 2 cups flour, baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and ground red pepper.

Step 4

Whisk together 1 1/2 cups milk and eggs. Dredge chicken in cracker crumb mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge in cracker mixture again.

Step 5

Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch in a 12-inch skillet (do not use a nonstick skillet). Heat to 360°. Fry chicken, in batches, 10 minutes, adding oil as needed. Turn and fry 4 to 5 more minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack in a jellyroll pan. Keep chicken warm in a 225° oven. Carefully drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.

Step 6

Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup flour, remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, remaining 1 teaspoon black pepper, and remaining 6 1/2 cups milk. Pour mixture into reserved drippings in skillet; cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve gravy with chicken.

Ratings & Reviews

hoboshm's Review

December 15, 2013
Great breading mix, nice & crunchy. Would be good with any thin meat--pork, cube steak, turkey cutlets. Like another reviewer, I had lots of leftover egg/milk and cracker crumb/flour mix left over. I had to slice bnls/sknls chicken breast in half horizontally or I would have been pounding it all day. That worked well. Haven't made the gravy yet, but with leftover egg/milk & breading, will make more today, with mashies & gravy. Would gladly serve to guests and will share with family members.

EatandDrink's Review

January 04, 2013
Awesome, crispy fried chicken! My first fried chicken and it turned out great! I will cut the milk and eggs and cracker crumb mixture in half next time. I loved the milk gravy. I would also cut the gravy recipe in half next time.

sky0055's Review

January 25, 2012
This dish is simple and sounds really delicious, the ingredients are easy to find. I like to try it as I have done with this dish with chicken that I've discovered on another website and that i would also love to share with you This is the page of the site in its original and here the translated link i hope u will like it as i did .

peirrac's Review

January 09, 2012
Great southern meal! Loved the breading; would be great on other meats as well. I will try it on Chicken Fried Steak. The measurements for the gravy was spot on - I did half it. There was no worry of did I add enough or too much flour. Will certainly keep the gravy measurements for gravy anytime.

smc8371's Review

November 12, 2010
This is so good! The real deal! I'm going to make it for my friend's birthday next week. I'm sure she'll lovey love it!

johnsen's Review

October 28, 2010

edriver's Review

September 14, 2010
Great crunchy texture. Used Carr's Table Water Crackers w/ Cracked Pepper as I had them on hand. Cream gravy would have been best, but oil was getting burnt & too much cracker dust in bottom. Made packaged chicken gravy instead.Very good substitute. Served w/ mac & cheese and salad

mamashan's Review

April 22, 2010
This chicken was soooo good! My family and I just ate it and it was awesome! I used Club Crackers and it came out wonderful. I used only 2 cups of milk and 2 eggs and it was still too much lots of milk and eggs leftover. Even lots of crackers and flour mix too. Next time I will lessen the recipe or increase the amount of chicken I cook lol yah this is so good I think I will make more! I will definitely be making this again and often. Super yummy and simple. Made with mashed potatoes, rolls and green beans on the side.

Shanky's Review

March 31, 2010
I can't believe I made this chicken. It was well season, moist on the inside, easy and quick to make. The crackers gave the chicken a great texture. I tested the recipe with just two breasts but didn't make potatoes. I ate both breasts plain with no potatoes, very good! The chicken was also very crispy even after a few hours.