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Canadian Style Fried Chicken

This fabulous recipe shows you how to make super-crispy chicken drumsticks. The coating is made with Shake-and-Bake as well as paprika, salt and breadcrumbs, so you get plenty of crunch but also a homemade look and flavor. If you want spicy chicken then swap the paprika for either cayenne pepper or chili powder.

Drumsticks work very nicely in this recipe or you could use chicken breast or even thighs if you want. Perhaps you have found a mixed bag of frozen chicken pieces at a good price, and this is perfect for making this recipe. Just thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight then you can make this fried chicken recipe the following day. Serve the fried chicken with coleslaw, potato salad or anything else you fancy.

Making this recipe is a very simple procedure. First of all you need to marinate the chicken in Italian dressing for a couple of hours. Make plenty of holes in the chicken using a fork before you add it to the dressing. This will encourage the dressing to penetrate nice and deep. You can use any kind of bottled dressing for this recipe. Discard the dressing after you have marinated the chicken in it. The cooking time varies but the chicken is usually done in 10 minutes or less, often about 8 minutes depending on the size of the chicken pieces.

Fried Chicken with a Canadian Flair
Summary: If you want to try a new fried chicken recipe but not venture too far away from the typical Southern fried chicken style, this Canadian recipe is well worth making.
Cuisine: Canadian
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3
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  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1½ oz package extra-crispy Shake-and-Bake
  • ½ pint Italian dressing
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Breadcrumbs and canola oil, as needed
  1. Use a fork to poke holes in the chicken drumsticks.
  2. Marinate in the Italian dressing for 2 hours, turning often.
  3. Put the Shake-and-Bake with the flour, paprika and salt in a 1 cup measuring cup.
  4. Add enough breadcrumbs to fill the cup to the top.
  5. Empty this mixture into a large bowl and stir to mix.
  6. Drain the chicken and discard the marinade.
  7. Toss the chicken in the coating mixture and pull back the skin to encourage it to crisp.
  8. Deep-fry the drumsticks for 8 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Photo Description:

You will be surprised how much more flavor you can add to your chicken by soaking it in dressing before applying the coating and deep-frying it. You can see how crispy and delicious the chicken drumsticks look in the photo, and this is such a good recipe. Because the chicken is best marinated for a couple hours, it is a good idea to plan this meal in advance. Half an hour marinating would be better than nothing but 2 hours ensures a rich, tangy flavor. The Shake-and-Bake pairs with the flour, breadcrumbs and seasonings, giving an ideal coating to the chicken, and the deep-frying ensures the inside remains juicy while the outside becomes golden brown and crunchy.

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