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“From EveryDay with Rachael Ray Magazine, March 2012.”
READY IN:
27mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 12 cups plain pancake mix
  • 8 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 14 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup blue cheese dressing

Directions

  1. In a deep skillet, pour in the oil over medium heat. (It should reach 1 1/2 inches up the side of the pot).
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 2 cups pancake mix, 1 1/4 cups water, and 6 tsp hot sauce. Place the remaining 1/2 cup pancake mix in a wide bowl. Arrange the batter and the bowl of reserved pancake mix near the stove. Line plate with a few paper towels and keep within reach.
  3. Once the oil is heated, toss the chicken pieces with the remaining 2 tsp hot sauce, then toss them in the dry pancake mix, coating evenly and shaking off the excess. Working in 3 or 4 batches, add the chicken to the batter and toss with your fingers or a fork. Remove from the batter, shaking off the excess, and carefully add to the hot oil. Fry the chicken, turning once with tongs, until deep golden brown about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the paper towel lined plate to drain, then season with salt.
  4. Stir the scallions and 1 tsp pepper into the blue cheese dressing. Serve the chicken immediately, with the dressing on the side.

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