Southern Plate Chicken Planks


A couple of years ago I came across a blog that I instantly fell in love with.  Christy Jordan is the author of Southernplate.com.  Not only does she post great recipes she also tells a story that makes you feel like you are right there.  Christy Jordan and Southern Plate are the main inspirations behind my blog.  Through her stories and her cooking she has ignited a passion for writing in me that I had set aside just because I was too busy being a mom.  This recipe was one of the first recipes I tried of hers and it became a family favorite as soon as the first bite.  Who knew that a saltine cracker would be so good fried.  My daughter now sees a box or sleeve of crackers and asks "are we having chicken?"  I do not have as many pictures as normal but this was a busy weeknight and I snapped a few quick pictures. So lets get to the recipe.

(chicken tenderloins, saltine crackers, eggs, oil)

I used two chicken breasts and cut into strips. Pour some oil in a pan or deep fryer and heat it up. Take the crackers and place in a large storage or freezer bag.  Take a rolling pin and just roll over the crackers.  This is the best method I have found, by all means you can whack away at it if you want. I place the cracker crumbs on a plate.  Dip the chicken in the eggs and then into cracker crumbs.
Here they are waiting to be fried.  As you can see I am a messy cook.  As long as it taste good, who cares. Once the oil is ready place a few strips in, careful not to overcrowd.  These do not take to long to be done. I usually tell by when they start to float and are browned. We served these with my hubbies homemade french fries, ultimate comfort food.  My kids, especially my teenager, devour these.  I have yet to try the oven method on these.  I am not sure how the crackers will do and I really do not want to mess with a good thing. 
Served up with Love!
If you love cookbooks like I do, you must check out Christy Jordan's cookbook.  I read this like it was a novel and it is my favorite cookbook that I own.  Southern Plate Classic Comfort Food that Makes Everyone Feel Like Family.  You will not be disappointed.

Thank you Christy Jordan for given me the inspiration to pursue my passion again.  I am forever grateful to you. 

Chicken Planks

  • Chicken Breasts
  • 1 -3 Sleeves Saltine Crackers
  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking Oil
Pour oil in large skillet to a depth of 1/4 inch. Heat on medium while you prepare the chicken.
Place chicken in gallon ziplock bag and beat out until 1/4 inch thick. Crack eggs into bowl and beat with fork. Crush saltines and put in a separate bowl.
Cut each chicken breast into three strips and dip each piece first in egg mixture, then in cracker crumbs, being careful to coat completely. Drop each piece into oil and cook, turning once, on medium to medium high heat until browned on both sides. Drain on paper towel lined plate.

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