Fiiiiirst of all, you need to put this recipe on your weekly To-Do because it’ll potentially be the best dinner you’ll have all quarantine. Second of all, it takes just a jiff to make and I’m confident it will wow anyone at the table…. Bridger has already requested we have this at least 1-2 times a week from now on. Win!
The best part about this recipe is that you can use whatever crackers you have on hand and can season with your favorite herbs. I used Simple Mills sea salt crackers and dried rosemary. These almond flour crackers are gluten-free, grain-free, corn free, paleo-friendly and baked. They’re honestly my go-to crackers and I always have a box or 3 in the pantry.
You can use a food processor or blender to grind down the crackers and then add whatever seasonings you’d like. I also threw in 2 tbsp ground flaxseed… to boost the fiber content, ok? 😉
Pounding down/tenderizing the chicken is a key trick to allow all of the chicken to cook the same amount of time + quicker. It’s been a game changer for me in the kitchen. Click here for the tenderizer I bought on amazon. And to be honest, now that i’m thinking about it, if you don’t have a food processor or blender, just throw the crackers in a ziplock or Stasher bag and use the opposite side of the meat tenderizer (or bottom of a flat glass) to smash the crackers until you get a ground flour-type consistency.
Once your chicken is breaded, toss in the skillet with avocado or coconut oil and pan-fry until golden brown on either side. Feel free to turn on low heat, cover and let the chicken cook all the way through.
It tastes SO not good for you and I cannot believe how healthy it is!!! I love the chicken plain because there’s so much flavor, but Bridger loves with ketchup, of course lol. It would also be yum with BBQ! We paired with steamed green beans, a green salad and roasted potatoes 🙂
But yeah, 3 words: Finger. Lickin. GOOD.
15-Min Crispy Chicken (GF, DF)
- 3 large organic chicken breasts trimmed, tenderized, and sliced in halves
- 1.5 cups Simple Mills crackers
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/4 tsp pink salt
- 1 pasture-raised egg
- 3 tbsp avocado or coconut oil
In a food processor or blender, add crackers, flaxseed and spices. Pulse until it reaches a flour-like consistency. Pour mixture in a deep dish bowl
In a separate deep dish bowl, whisk one egg.
Once chicken has been trimmed + tenderized (pounded down to the same thickness), create your assembly line of chicken, egg, and cracker breading. Using tongs or a fork, dip chicken in egg wash, making sure to cover the entire breast, then let excess egg drip off before transferring to breading mixture. Cover entire breast in cracker mixture, then transfer to clean plate. Once all chicken has been breaded, heat your large skillet with avocado oil on medium.
Transfer chicken to skillet and let cook until golden brown on each side, about 4-6 min. Can turn down the heat and cover to allow center of chicken to fully cook. Once all golden brown, let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!! 🙂
Marissa Rollins says
How many servings is this?
Samantha Boatright says
Made it for the second time this week because I can’t get over how easy and yummy it is! I use the mini rice crackers from Trader Joe’s and it’s the best!!!!
Rachael Devaux says
Awww! I can’t stop making either 🙂 Just too good!
Any sub if you don’t have crackers?
Bread crumbs of your choice
Zoe Tolz says
Best chicken recipe ever!!! Thank you so so much for creating all these amazing recipes.
THIS IS SO SO GOOD!!!!!! So easy & so yummy. Better than a restaurant! 😍
Can you recommend an egg substitute?
Sarah Rose says
I have made so many renditions of crispy-no fry-chicken (not really liking any of the end results), but this was hands down, THE BEST ever! Tastes like the real deal and was so, so, so easy! I really didn/t think the Simple Mills cracker mixture would stick as well as it did, but it adhered so easily and hung on all throughout cooking! Very little even fell off in the pan. Can’t rave about this enough-my husband and I just added this as our official crispy chicken recipe–thank you!
Made this with the sun dried tomato and basil Simple Mills crackers!!
So delicious and SO easy!!
Claire B. says
I made this with rosemary & olive oil GF crackers from Aldi! I loved loved loved the flavor, but I found that the flax seed started to form together/clump…so coating the chicken got a little iffy and it started to fall off (in clumps) while cooking. Is it necessary? Suggestions for how to prevent it &/or alternatives to flax seed?
YUM YUM YUMMMMM!! Thanks for sharing!! What’s the best way to reheat?
Rachael Devaux says
Bridger typically just throws it in the microwave haha but you can also sear in a skillet 🙂 I love it cold! xx
Yum! I was thinking of prepping a batch of the breadcrumb mixture for the week. How long/how would you store it, if storable?
Ok I have to admit my expectations for this recipe was low because I’m not a very good cook, and it sounded so simple that I thought if even I thought it was easy then it couldn’t live up to the hype… oh but it does!!! My boyfriend also claimed this was the best recipe and we ended up making it two nights in a row. The only other time he’s been that ecstatic about my cooking was with a store bought pie I lied about when we first started dating 🤣 I used Milton’s Gluten free crackers and it was perfect. Thank you Rachael!!!!! You’re amazing for this!!!! 💗
Rachael Devaux says
Awww!!! Ok, when you get a thumbs up from the bf, you know it’s a good one! 😉 So happy you both love it!
Is the assumption here that everyone can afford organic? I think it’s a bit presumptuous to be writing “organic chicken breasts” here, seeing how that isn’t the norm for many.
Rachael Devaux says
Mel, of course everyone cannot afford to buy organic. But, due to harmful antibiotics and disease, I personally recommend that if you’re going to consume animal proteins they should be organic, sustainably raised, pasture-raised, grass-fed, and wild-caught. I realize it’s not the norm for many to purchase organic, but I hope I can shed some light in the benefits of choosing organic 🙂 Hope that makes sense.
All my best,
These were so easy to make and so delicious! Definitely no left overs. Worked great too as a buffalo chicken sandwich!
Another RGE hit! These are so easy to make and make you feel like you are eating chicken tenders from a fast food place, but they are healthy 🙂 My husband and I love these so much and thank you for another winner!
Miranda Chacon says
One of the easiest chicken recipes I have made! Will definitely be making again soon.
Eggy Bo-Beggie says
Is eggs dairy?
This was soooo good! I used the food processor and the sun dried tomato simply mills cracker and the crumb mixture stuck very well to the chicken. This will be on repeat for sure.