Italian Fried Chicken Pasta Salad

I created this recipe several years ago as a simple-to-prepare Italian-style main dish or side salad. The colors make it very appealing, and the flavors are an excellent combination. Place pasta in in large mixing bowl.

Add pepperoni, anchovies, red pepper, celery, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and scallions, tossing to distribute evenly.

Pour Italian dressing over and toss again to coat all ingredients.

Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Combine flour and seasoned salt in plastic bag.

Pound chicken to half-inch thick.

Dredge in flour-salt mixture, shaking off excess.

Dip in beaten eggs, allowing excess to drip off.

Coat with bread crumbs.

Heat oil in large frying pan.

Fry chicken in oil till golden brown on both sides and thoroughly cooked inside. (Cut to test that no pinkness remains.)

Remove to cutting board. Slice chicken into 2" strips. (If transporting to another location, wrap in foil to keep warm.)

When ready to serve, sprinkle the fresh oregano over the salad and toss. Top with warm chicken strips.

Serves 8-10.