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Extra-Crispy Italian Chicken

 Extra-Crispy Italian Chicken
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.
4 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until juices run
  • clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.