Extra-Crispy Italian Chicken Recipe

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A cousin shared this recipe with me several years ago. Since then, I've made it too many times to count! I especially like to serve this chicken to guests because it's very attractive.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups pancake mix
  • 2 envelopes zesty Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup club soda
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine pancake mix and one envelope salad dressing mix. In another shallow bowl, combine the second envelope of salad dressing mix , egg and club soda. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, then coat with seasoned pancake mix. Place chicken pieces on a rack; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, several pieces at a time, for 6 minutes or until golden brown. Place on an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Extra-Crispy Italian Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p37

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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