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Crispy Picnic Chicken

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear. Serve hot or chilled.

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  • gunslinger
    Nov 23, 2020

    Very tasty! Nice alternative to fried !

  • AmyE007
    Sep 11, 2013

    The coating of this chicken was soggy.

  • Myra Ford
    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.

  • jmoyer
    Aug 9, 2013

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    Aug 9, 2013

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  • RHerwehe
    Aug 7, 2013

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  • jllove62
    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!

  • elaine johnson
    Aug 7, 2013

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  • sweetpups3
    Nov 30, 2009

    very good one! my family love it!