This recipe is the absolute favorite of my girls since they were 3-5 years old. While this is not spicy dish the name has stuck and will forever be 'Dad's Spicy Chicken!' If you like garlic this is a great recipe!


  • 4 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts (8 halves)
  • 1 can Italian bread crumbs (spiced or not)
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup Parmesan cheese ? (grated or from the can)
  • 4 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 eggs beaten with a couple tablespoons of water
  • 1 cup or more olive oil
  • 1/2 ? 1 cup Odell?s Clarified Butter
  • 4-6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 fresh lemons cut into wedges
  • Garlic powder or garlic salt
  • Salt to taste


Prepare the chicken by trimming all fat and sinews and remove the thin membrane covering the breasts. Butterfly the breasts or carefully slice them into filets about 1/8 -1/4 inch thick. (Partially frozen is easier to slice) Rinse and set aside.

Pour about half the can of bread crumbs into a large plate or shallow flat bowl. Add a couple teaspoons of garlic salt (or powder), a couple teaspoons Italian seasoning and a generous portion of parmesan cheese. Stir well with a fork.

Place chicken filets in egg batter. Take a 10 -12 inch skillet on medium high heat add olive oil and a heaping tablespoon of Odell's Clarified Butter, enough to well coat the bottom of the skillet. Add a generous pinch of chopped garlic to the oil. When the garlic sizzles take individual chicken fillets out of the egg batter and coat both sides with the bread crumbs. Carefully place 3-4 fillets in pan.

Cook the chicken fillets 3-4 minutes per side until they are golden brown. Periodically add oil, butter and chopped garlic. When the chicken is almost done squeeze lemon on the fillets.
When done, place chicken on paper towels to absorb the residual oil. Place in a warmed covered casserole dish with layers of paper towels between until all the chicken has been cooked.

Options: Roll a piece of Swiss lace or pepper jack cheese up in the breaded chicken filet, use a tooth pick in to hold the roll together and cook.

Try some hot sauce like Cholula® to give the chicken some kick.

Prepare and spice the dish to your own tastes! You can use stick butter but it tends to burn. Odell's Clarified Butter does not burn and cooks well with olive oil. Prep Time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 adults

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Submitted 11/21/06.
Submitted By: Jim Peterson
Dad's Spicy Chicken (Garlic Chicken)