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Crispy Picnic Chicken Recipe
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Crispy Picnic Chicken Recipe

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Crackers, cheese and spices are all you need to create a coating that turns plain chicken into something special, according to Joanie Elbourne of Gardner, Massachusetts.—Joanie C. Elbourn, Gardner, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 20 butter-flavored crackers, crushed
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. Place the butter in a shallow bowl. Dip a few pieces of chicken at a time in butter, then place in bag; seal and shake to coat.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear. Serve hot or chilled. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Crispy Picnic Chicken in Country Woman July/August 1995, p26

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"The coating of this chicken was soggy."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"Very good and easy to put together. I turned the oven temp. to 425 for last 10 minutes of baking time because I like a crispy coating."

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"My grandma used bread crumbs instead of the cracker crumbs but both are delicious! I have also added french fried onions to coating mix when processing bread/cracker crumbs! Triple the recipe and save in a jar or sealed plastic bag for quick meals. It is also good for pork chops! One other hint is to line baking sheet with parchment paper for no mess cleanup. The coating tends to stick to the pan. This recipe brings back fond memories of my grandma!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"very good one! my family love it!"

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