Maryland Fried Chicken

Can you guess the secret ingredient that makes this crispy fried chicken recipe Maryland Fried Chicken? Okay, we'll spoil the secret of this chicken dish: crushed saltine crackers!

Maryland Fried Chicken
Photo: Peter Krumhardt
Start To Finish Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 beaten egg

  • 3 tablespoon milk

  • 1 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (28 crackers)

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • teaspoon pepper

  • 2 ½ pound meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks)

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 recipe Cream Gravy

  • Hot mashed potatoes (optional)

  • Snipped fresh thyme (optional)

Cream Gravy

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cup milk


  1. In a small mixing bowl combine the egg and the 3 tablespoons milk. In a shallow bowl combine the crushed crackers, dried thyme, paprika, and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Skin chicken, if desired. Dip chicken pieces, 1 at a time, in egg mixture, then roll in cracker mixture.

  3. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Drain well.

  4. Add the 1 cup milk to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover tightly. Cook for 35 minutes. Uncover; cook for 5 to 10 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; cover and keep warm. Prepare Cream Gravy. If desired, serve with mashed potatoes and garnish with fresh thyme. Makes 6 servings.

Cream Gravy

  1. Skim fat from drippings in skillet. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the drippings in skillet. In a screw-top jar combine milk, all-purpose flour, salt, and pepper; cover and shake until well mixed. Add to skillet. Stir in 1 cup additional milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. (If desired, thin with additional milk.) Makes about 1 1/2 cups gravy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
13g Fat
19g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 410mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Protein 31g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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