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Crouton Fried Chicken

Welcome back to the chicken series! Last week I shared a staple… pasta! This week I wanted to showcase another go-to dinner but by giving it a little twist you will really wow your taste buds! Everyone loves classic fried chicken, my homemade chicken tenders can attest to that but by using items you already have in your pantry you get this new unique breading, croutons!

Crouton Fried Chicken

Crouton Fried Chicken, a go-to dinner with a twist to wow your taste buds!I’m serious when I say you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already.  I made up this recipe the other day when trying to think of a unique dinner. I was going through all the items in my fridge and dry storage and voila! I had these leftover croutons from a previous dinner and I needed to use them up. I will now be finding an excuse to have left over croutons just so I can make this recipe!

Crouton Fried Chicken, a go-to dinner with a twist to wow your taste buds!

Crouton Fried Chicken
 
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup croutons, turned into crumbs (any flavor, I used garlic & butter)
  • ½ Cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large chicken breast, boneless, skinless cut in 1½ inch strips
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 3 Tbls all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat up two inches of vegetable oil in the bottom of a deep sided skillet over medium heat. Place chicken strips in a zip lock gallon sized bag. Add in half of the paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Close bag and massage spices into chicken. Add in flour and mix until chicken is coated.
  2. In a bowl, crack eggs and whisk. On a plate place the breadcrumbs, the crouton crumbs (pulverize the croutons in a blender or crush them in a zip lock bag), the rest of the paprika and mix to combine.
  3. Using a tongs, place the chicken strips into the egg, shaking off any excess flour first. Coat in the egg and then place that into the crouton mixture and press chicken into it. Make sure it is coated on all sides. Place this into the heated oil, let brown on one side and then flip over. Chicken is done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet or pan to let excess oil drip off. (If you find your chicken crust is getting browned but not done on the inside you can place the chicken pieces in a heated 350 degree oven to finish cooking.)
  4. Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce, enjoy!

Step by Step Directions

Crouton Fried Chicken, a go-to dinner with a twist to wow your taste buds!

Heat up two inches of vegetable oil in the bottom of a deep sided skillet over medium heat. Place chicken strips in a zip lock gallon sized bag. Add in half of the paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Close bag and massage spices into chicken. Add in flour and mix until chicken is coated.
In a bowl, crack eggs and whisk. On a plate place the breadcrumbs, the crouton crumbs (pulverize the croutons in a blender or crush them in a zip lock bag), the rest of the paprika and mix to combine.
Using a tongs, place the chicken strips into the egg, shaking off any excess flour first. Coat in the egg and then place that into the crouton mixture and press chicken into it. Make sure it is coated on all sides. Place this into the heated oil,

Crouton Fried Chicken, a go-to dinner with a twist to wow your taste buds!

let brown on one side and then flip over.

Crouton Fried Chicken, a go-to dinner with a twist to wow your taste buds!

Chicken is done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet or pan to let excess oil drip off. (If you find your chicken crust is getting browned but not done on the inside you can place the chicken pieces in a heated 350 degree oven to finish cooking.)

Crouton Fried Chicken, a go-to dinner with a twist to wow your taste buds!

Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce, enjoy!

Super easy, and you can mix up the flavors with different croutons! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and will be back next Tuesday to see what chicken dish I’ve cooked up! What’s your favorite crouton flavor??

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11 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Jhanis says:
    February 11, 2014

    Would love to try this! I have always used crushed soda crackers in the past and would love to see if my husband would like this too.

  2. avatar
    Gina says:
    February 11, 2014

    Heeeellllooo – DROOLING! I have a serious obsession with crispy chicken. This looks AMAZING!!

  3. avatar
    Monica says:
    February 12, 2014

    These look delicious- I’m sure the croutons added so much flavor! I’m definitely doing this the next time I fry chicken!

  4. avatar
    February 13, 2014

    I never would have thought to use croutons! Sounds really good…thanks for sharing on the Thursday blog hop!

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    February 13, 2014

    those look yummy. i bet the croutons give it a good crunch. . thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party

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    February 15, 2014

    I have to say every single one of your recipes I have tried I have loved…I am sure these will be the same! Thanks for linking up with us at LOBS! Pinning this…I will definitely be trying them!

  7. avatar
    February 16, 2014

    These look delicious! That is a genius idea to use croutons. Thank you for sharing.

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    February 17, 2014

    yumm these looks super crunchy (hubby loves that) and crispy! I will have to try this here, the boys will love it! Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle!

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    Marti says:
    February 18, 2014

    This sounds soooo much better than shake-n-bake!!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned to the party board! 🙂

    Marti

  10. avatar
    February 23, 2014

    I love chicken strips, one of favourite things to eat. Thanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again this weekend!

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