Main Dish | June 8, 2021

Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe with Country Gravy

This fried chicken is taken to another level, a Southern level if you will. Smother it and the mashed taters with some country gravy. This chicken fried chicken recipe has simple ingredients, is done in minutes, and the results are so delicious, that you won’t even believe it.

Chicken ried chicken Recipe in a metal pan, there is a small bowl of ketchup to the side and the chicken is garnished with parsley.

What is Chicken Fried Chicken?

Fried chicken is a general term that can cover any chicken that is fried, but typically refers to bone-in chicken that is deep fried. Chicken-fried chicken is a play/variation on chicken-fried steak. Chicken fried steak is a large, thin, boneless piece of beef that is breaded and fried. So chicken fried chicken is a boneless chicken breast that is breaded and fried.

Chicken fried chicken being dipped into country gravy.

What do I need To Make Chicken Fried Chicken?

  • Canola or avocado oil – To fry the chicken, you want to heat some canola or avocado oil (vegetable or melted crisco is a little more traditional and a little more unhealthy, but delicious). You will need your oil to be at least an inch deep in your pan.
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 40 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Ingredients needed for fried chicken.

How Do I make This Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe?

Prep: pound chicken breasts until they are 1/4″ thick.  To to this, place breast between two pieces of parchment and hamper with rolling pin until thinned out.
1. In a large zipper bag, combine crackers, flour, baking soda, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.
2. Roll with a rolling pin until crushed into a fine mixture.  Transfer to a flat bowl.
3. In a large bowl combine milk and eggs.  Whisk until combined.
4. Coat each chicken breast in the dry mixture.
5. Immediately dip it completely into the egg mixture.
Pro Tip: Use one hand only to do the dipping.  It helps to have one hand clean to transfer dishes.
6. Return to the dry mixture and coat completely.  Repeat with each chicken breast.

How to make fried chicken.

7. Heat in a large frying pan or iron skillet until it has reached 350 degrees. Once it reaches temperature, turn down the heat slightly so it maintains where it’s at instead of continuing to heat up the temperature. Keep in mind that once you add the chicken, the temperature will lower, so you only have to turn the heat down slightly. (You could also do this in a deep fryer if you have one.)
9. Carefully place the chicken in the frying pan. It should immediately begin sizzling. If it doesn’t, your oil isn’t hot enough and you should take it out until it reaches temperature. Once the very edges on the bottom have that nice brown color? It’s time to flip.

9. You want to avoid flipping back and forth several times because it soaks up more oil that way. You should only flip once.

10. Drain on a plate lined with paper towel. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven.

How to fry chicken in a skillet.

Country gravy in a spice colored skillet.

What Do I need to Make Country Gravy?

For the gravy you’ll need the following:

  • 3 tbsp pan drippings
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients needed for gravy.

How Do You Make Country Gravy?

Prep: Now for the gravy, you want all the browned bits you see at the bottom of the oil. (Flavor savers if you will.) To do this, slowly pour all of the oil into another container, and you’ll see that the brown bits will stay in the pan on the bottom. Stop draining when you have several tablespoons left of oil/bits.

1. Now we make a roux for the gravy.Do this by whisking flour into the reserved pan drippings over medium-low heat. See? Unappetizing paste. Perfect.

2. Next, slowly whisk in your milk. The roux needs time to absorb the milk, and it can’t do this if you dump it all in at one time. Otherwise you end up with clumps of flour. I do about 1/2 c of milk at a time. Continue until it’s as thick as you’d like, about 3 cups. It will continue to thicken if it just sits there, so keep your serving time in mind.

3. Add the remaining spices, adjust for your liking (spicy, salty, peppery, whatever!).

4. Serve warm with chicken.

How to make gravy.

Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe Q&A

Why does the breading fall off of chicken?
It may be because your chicken is too wet before breading.  Pat your chicken dry before breading.

How long does friend chicken last?

In an airtight container fried chicken will last 3-4 days, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Why isn’t my fried chicken crispy?

The usual culprit is your oil not being hot enough.  Use a thermometer to make sure your oil is 350 degrees before frying.

A half shot of chicken fried chicken recipe in a metal baking pan. There are two black forks to the side.

What Do I Serve With Chicken Fried Chicken?

We recommend serving with:

An overhead shot of chicken friend chicken recipe in a metal pan. The chicken breasts are garnished with parsley.

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Chicken in a pan with small bowls of gravy, ketchup, and parsley to the side.

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Chicken Fried Chicken with Country Gravy
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chicken with that delicious, thick and crispy crust.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken fried chicken, country gravy, fried chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 653 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
Chicken Friend Chicken
  • Canola or avocado oil - To fry the chicken you want to heat some canola or avocado oil (vegetable or melted crisco is a little more traditional and a little more unhealthy, but delicious). You will need your oil to be at least an inch deep in your pan.
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 40 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
Country Gravy
  • 3 tbsp pan drippings
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Chicken Fried Chicken
  1. Prep: pound chicken breasts until they are 1/4" thick.  To to this, place breast between two pieces of parchment and hamper with rolling pin until thinned out.
  2. In a large zipper bag, combine crackers, flour, baking soda, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  3. Roll with a rolling pin until crushed into a fine mixture.  Transfer to a flat bowl.
  4. In a large bowl combine milk and eggs.  Whisk until combined.
  5. Coat each chicken breast in the dry mixture.
  6. Immediately dip it completely into the egg mixture.
  7. Pro Tip: Use one hand only to do the dipping.  It helps to have one hand clean to transfer dishes.
  8. Return to the dry mixture and coat completely.  Repeat with each chicken breast.
  9. Heat in a large frying pan or iron skillet until it has reached 350 degrees. Once it reaches temperature, turn down the heat slightly so it maintains where it's at instead of continuing to heat up the temperature. Keep in mind that once you add the chicken, the temperature will lower, so you only have to turn the heat down slightly. (You could also do this in a deep fryer if you have one.)
  10. Carefully place the chicken in the frying pan. It should immediately begin sizzling. If it doesn't, your oil isn't hot enough and you should take it out until it reaches temperature. Once the very edges on the bottom have that nice brown color? It's time to flip.
  11. You want to avoid flipping back and forth several times because it soaks up more oil that way. You should only flip once.
  12. Drain on a plate lined with paper towel. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven.
Country Gravy
  1. Prep: Now for the gravy, you want all the browned bits you see at the bottom of the oil. (Flavor savers if you will.) To do this, slowly pour all of the oil into another container, and you'll see that the brown bits will stay in the pan on the bottom. Stop draining when you have several tablespoons left of oil/bits.
  2. Now we make a roux for the gravy.Do this by whisking flour into the reserved pan drippings over medium-low heat. See? Unappetizing paste. Perfect.
  3. Next, slowly whisk in your milk. The roux needs time to absorb the milk, and it can't do this if you dump it all in at one time. Otherwise you end up with clumps of flour. I do about 1/2 c of milk at a time. Continue until it's as thick as you'd like, about 3 cups. It will continue to thicken if it just sits there, so keep your serving time in mind.
  4. Add the remaining spices, adjust for your liking (spicy, salty, peppery, whatever!).
  5. Serve warm with chicken.
Recipe Notes

Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe Q&A

Why does the breading fall off of chicken?
It may be because your chicken is too wet before breading.  Pat your chicken dry before breading.

How long does friend chicken last?

In an airtight container fried chicken will last 3-4 days, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Why isn't my fried chicken crispy?

The usual culprit is your oil not being hot enough.  Use a thermometer to make sure your oil is 350 degrees before frying.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Fried Chicken with Country Gravy
Amount Per Serving (1 Chicken breast + 1/2 cup gravy)
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 220mg73%
Sodium 1235mg54%
Potassium 1131mg32%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 59g118%
Vitamin A 746IU15%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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