So, remember when I made the Honey Dijon Chicken Breasts? That was the night I was dog-tired and just wanted something easy to cook that required minimum effort and thought. And I said I wished I just had some Shake ‘n Bake?
Well, I've had a few more nights like that since and I got to thinking… why don’t you just figure out how to make your own crispy coating and keep some around?
And so I did.
I should also mention that I can't hear the words "shake and bake" without thinking about Talladega Nights. And I have a huge fluffy black cat named Ricky Bobby. And here's a Talladega Nights Shake n' Bake montage. Because it's good to laugh.
The thing about Shake ‘n Bake is that it’s crunchy. I can coat stuff in bread crumbs or parmesan cheese and even use egg wash but it’s never really good and crunchy. So I got to thinking about that crunch. There’s only one thing that creates a crunch like that: fat. So I figured that’s what’s in Shake ‘n Bake that makes it so crunchy.
The last time I was at the grocery store I took a look at the box to see the fat content and ingredients and sure enough, it’s got some fat by way of hydrogenated oils.
This weekend I decided to try to make my own crispy breadcrumb coating and I totally did! I went ahead and made a big batch so I could have more for later. I portioned it out into quart-sized zip-top bags and popped them in the freezer so they’ll be ready to go the next time I want something quick and easy!
Angel Baby was in the kitchen with me while I was tinkering (as she usually is) and I got to thinking about those old commercials with the little girl who’d say, “It’s shake and bake and I helped!” I told AB about the commercials and asked her to say the line. And by God, she was a dead-ringer for that little girl in the commercials! I grabbed my phone and shot a quick video of her. Ain't she cute!?
Homemade Shake & Bake
Make 4 batches
1 15-ounce container plain dried bread crumbs (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Combine bread crumbs and seasonings and mix well. Slowly whisk in vegetable oil and continue whisking until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Place uncooked chicken or pork, one piece at a time (unless preparing chicken nuggets or strips – in which case add 3-4 pieces at a time), in zip-top bag of Shake & Bake. Seal bag and shake until meat is thoroughly coated.
Lightly spray a baking pan with cooking spray, arrange pieces evenly, at least one inch apart, then cook per the following temperatures and times:
Whole, bone-in chicken pieces – 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and coating is crunchy.
Whole, boneless chicken breasts – 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and coating is crunchy.
Chicken strips or nuggets – 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and coating is crunchy.
Bone-in pork chops – 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until pork is cooked through and coating is crunchy.
Boneless pork chops – 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until pork is cooked through and coating is crunchy.