Crunchy Pan-Fried Chicken

While we'll never turn down a deliciously deep-fried piece of meat, there's something delightful about crunchy, pan-fried chicken, too. Maybe it's the simplicity of it. Maybe it's the undeniable flavor. Either way, in this Crunchy Pan-Fried Chicken recipe, you'll see exactly what we mean.For a crispy, golden exterior, our proven pan-fried chicken uses a mixture of breadcrumbs and cornmeal. After a quick pan-fry, this mix works its magic to create a super crispy crust on the outside with moist, tender meat full of flavor on the inside. This coating combination also works well on pork chops and boned chicken thighs. So, home cooks who master this simple crust can get creative with other dinner dishes, too.With only five ingredients and 10 minutes of actual cooking time, this simple chicken recipe is perfect for hectic weeknights or family Sunday suppers, alike. Now, that's pan-fried chicken at its best.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1/2 cup self-rising cornmeal mix

  • 1/2 cup seasoned fine dry breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 skinned and boned chicken breasts

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.

  2. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until done.

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