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Easy Crispy Fried Chicken

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Seriously the best, easiest, crispiest fried chicken recipe I've ever encountered, this method of pan-frying chicken will not disappoint.  This is my go-to recipe for juicy fried chicken every time I want to impress a crowd, or even just my own belly.
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 1 whole chicken, cut up (or your favorite chicken pieces)
  • 1 sleeve soda crackers - about 30 (saltines, water crackers, not sure what non-American equivalent is called, cream biscuits might work, but butter crackers are too buttery!)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry potato flakes (totally optional, but add a nice flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite seasoning (I like any mix that includes rosemary for this dish!) 
  • 1 egg
  •  1/4 cup peanut, grapeseed, or vegetable oil (I think peanut oil is my favorite for this so far, but the taste difference is really mild)

Step 2: The Smashing

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Smash up your crackers in a pie pan or plastic bag.  Mash em up good until they're like coarse breadcrumbs, or else the cracker bits will fall off the chicken while it's frying!

Mix the bread crumbs with the potato flakes and seasonings.

Step 3: The Dredging

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Now is a good time to start heating your oil for frying.  Use a large skillet and medium high heat.  Just don't forget that it's on - we don't want you burning down your kitchen!

Beat the egg in another pie dish or bowl.  Place the flour in a separate bowl.

Now, dredge each piece of chicken in the egg, the flour, and then in the crumbs, making sure each is well coated.

The best trick I can suggest for this is to use one hand for dipping in the egg mixture, and the other hand for dipping in the crumbs.  Otherwise, your hands will quickly resemble pieces of fried chicken themselves.
pjamestx3 years ago
looks very tasty- only have one comment. If you need to keep your chicken warm in the oven for awhile, put a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and put your crisp chicken on it- will keep it all crispy longer.
idk much5 months ago
looks yummy :d
920333 years ago
Looks and sounds super-delicious. You must have either too much time on your hands or a camcorder inherently imbedded in your shoulder with all the great input you share so deliciously and kindly. Seems like there should be a CBS-TV 'Scoochmaroo" Show in the making. :-) Great stuff, as always.
~ ED
scoochmaroo (author)  920333 years ago
Ah! I think you're right. I definitely need a TV show. I wish I'd been nicknamed with something slightly more catchy than scoochmaroo. Although, to be fair, that is a derivation of the original nickname, Ms. Scoochie Maroo
Amazing! I've been calling my daughter Scoochie Maroo since she was born and I have no idea where I got it. Do you know the derivation of your nickname?

I hope the cooking talent comes with the name! :)
Don't "be fair" :-)...You can always change your ID..or use an alternative one referring back to scoochybaby. .lol. You have a great God-given talent and needs to be shared to a larger...worldwide audience. I'm sure , if you send a query to your local cable TV station they have programming for folks that want to broadcast their talents. Also, your local PBS Station. They are ALWAYS looking for new shows to produce. Think about it seriously. "Whatever The Mind Can Conceive And Believe, The Mind Can Achieve". If you can THINK it...you can Do it. Good luck on all future endeavors. Take care.
~ ED
toot1234561 year ago
This was the easiest receipe I've used to fry chicken. Right now I am frying two pans and it is smelling soooooooooo good. Looks crispy and the coating stayed on the chicken while frying.
Can't wait to taste it!
TheCritic2 years ago
I feel a heart attack coming but it looks so worth it.
Thanks, I am definitely gonna make this.
Now this sounds great and I have been craving some really good old fashioned crispy fried Chicken.
Thanks. Gonna try this soon.


noltus3 years ago
"1 sleeve soda crackers - about 30 (saltines, water crackers, not sure what non-American equivalent is called, cream biscuits might work, but butter crackers are too buttery!)"

Its called "TUC"
hammer393 years ago
When I make large batches I crisp them in the pan then bake them in the oven at 350 deg. until internal temp. is 170. I use bread crumbs for my chicken but I will try this next time.
thegreat583 years ago
I have complete faith in ya Scooch, I'll try it.
This looks simple, i will have to try it with one of our local chickens. Thanks.
owenaero3 years ago
was very good thank you only thing i did different was i used a deep fryer
ly3333 years ago
This looks awesome. Im going to try this.
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SinAmos3 years ago
I really want to try this. Thanks.
BrittLiv3 years ago
Wow, this looks good! I have to go on a hunt for soda crackers now. Some supermarkets have shelves with American food, maybe I'm lucky.
I think the UK has a lot of cracker brands marketed as "biscuits" or "wholemeal crackers." You can probably find them by Fox's or Jacob brands (http://www.jacobfruitfield.com/index.php/our_brands/biscuits/cream_crackers/).
kyzla3 years ago
the way I always solve this is to have someone help me :)

they get to be the yucky hands (egg-y) and i get to be the dry hands.

i, of course, am making the fried-ness, so they are more than willing to get a little messy for all this goodness!
zascecs3 years ago
O_O
suckrpnch3 years ago
This looks so great. Love the idea of the crackers and really want to try the potato flakes... One note though, I thought the point was to put the chicken in the flour first to put a dry layer over the skin and help the egg to stick, then egg, then breading mixture. Curious why you used the order that you used.
Mmmm, must try it!
:o~ drool
MGO_Count3 years ago
That just made me hungry!!
Mhhhhmm. Yum! I love fried chicken. Will definitely try this next time.
farzadbayan3 years ago
Protein !
Jayefuu3 years ago
Jealous of your photos as per usual. Was going to make ninzerbean's pizza tonight, but tempted by this instead now!