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Crispy Ritz Cracker Fried Chicken

The next time you want to make fried chicken, consider using Ritz cracker crumbs to make the coating instead of using seasoned flour. You will be able to taste the unmistakable flavor of these crackers in the finished coating, and they will also add an attractive color to the chicken. Perhaps you already have some Ritz crackers in the cupboard.

How to Make the Coating

Converting whole crackers into cracker crumbs is important, and the smaller you get the crumbs the better they will stick to the chicken, so you can either put them in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and smash them with a rolling pin or meat mallet, or else use a food processor or blender to do the same job in less time. You will also need to prepare a seasoned egg mixture and a seasoned flour mixture, because the chicken will be dipped in each one. If you want to double-layer the egg and flour mixture, that is your choice. It results in a slightly thicker coating if you do that. The chicken then needs to sit for a while so the coating can dry.

Although you can deep-fry this if you wish, pan-frying is perhaps more convenient, and pounded chicken takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes to cook to perfection. Feel free to tweak the seasonings if you wish, and even swap the Ritz crackers for saltines if you only have those. Some people like to add some cayenne pepper to spice things up, while others might throw in some parmesan cheese or crushed French-fried onions.

Fried Chicken with Ritz Cracker Coating
Summary: Crushed Ritz crackers are used to coat your chicken breast halves, and this recipe also features garlic, onion, paprika and egg, for that authentic Southern taste and crunch.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Batter
Serves: 4
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 25 Ritz crackers
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • ½ cup oil, for frying
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Pound the chicken to ½ or ¾-inch thick pieces, using the flat side of a meat mallet.
  2. Put the crackers in a blender or food processor and process for a few seconds.
  3. Combine the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and flour in a bowl.
  4. Beat some salt and black pepper into the eggs in a second bowl.
  5. Pour the Ritz cracker crumbs into a third bowl.
  6. Dip the chicken breast halves, one at a time, first in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and finally the Ritz cracker crumbs.
  7. You can apply double coats of flour and egg if you like.
  8. Let the coated chicken sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Heat the oil to medium-hot in a skillet, then fry the chicken for about 12 minutes or until done, flipping every 5 minutes.

Photo Description:

Ritz crackers made a great snack, but did you know you can also use them to make a fried chicken coating? This recipe combines the Ritz cracker crumbs with onion, garlic, paprika, egg, and flour, and the result is a thick, tasty mixture, which turns into a crispy coating. The chicken halves are pan-fried and they are amazing served with fries and salad, like in the photo, or other popular Southern sides like potato salad or coleslaw, corn on the cob, or perhaps cornbread. As you can see, using Ritz crackers also helps turn the fried chicken a rich and appetizing color.

Picture, recipes and/or content upgraded: 04-05-16

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