Recipes and Cooking 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! By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on June 9, 2021 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Peter Krumhardt Start To Finish Time: 60 mins Servings: 6 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 beaten egg 3 tablespoon milk 1 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (28 crackers) 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed ½ teaspoon paprika ⅛ 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 ⅛ teaspoon pepper 1 cup milk Directions 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. Skin chicken, if desired. Dip chicken pieces, 1 at a time, in egg mixture, then roll in cracker mixture. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Drain well. 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 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. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 327 Calories 13g Fat 19g Carbs 31g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.