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Easy Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken Mix for the Crunchiest Chicken

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Baked chicken is always a family favorite and it’s even better with nice, crunchy skin.  An easy homemade shake and bake mixture makes this baked chicken‘s skin get extra crunchy and tasty.

baked chicken

Baked chicken was one of my favorite dishes my mom made when I was growing up.  My mom made her crunchy baked chicken by covering the chicken with crushed Rice Krispies.  It was really good but I was always a little jealous of my friends whose moms used the boxed crunch topping from the store.  The TV commercials made it look so delicious.  So one of the first things I bought for my kitchen pantry when I was on my own was the boxed crunchy topping. It was just as good as I imagined.

baked chicken

Once I got married and had kids, though, I realized that the store bought topping was kind of expensive and didn’t really have all that great of ingredients.  Then one day I stumbled upon this crunchy topping recipe in one of my all time favorite cookbooks – the More With Less Cookbook.  I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought to make my own topping.

baked chicken

 

I did tweak the recipe a tad by leaving out a few ingredients and adding garlic.  The oil seems a bit odd, but it helps the mix brown up when baking.  It does make for more of a wetter mixture but that doesn’t seem to affect flavor or storage.  I’ve stored leftover for months in the fridge.   My favorite way to use this mixture is on baked pork chops and we’ve also used it on fish. Just adjust your bake time down a bit for the fish.

Baked chicken

 

If you loved baked chicken, make sure to check out my Amish Baked Chicken recipe for an oven baked chicken that tastes fried!

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bread crumbs, store bought or homemade
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil of your choice
  • Chicken, fish, or pork chops

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the meat in a large bowl or quart canning jar. Mix together thoroughly with a fork or shake the jar very well. Mix can be stored for a few months in the fridge.
  2. When ready to use mix, remove 1/2 -1 cup of the mixture to a shallow dish.
  3. Rinse meat with water to get just a tad wet. Coat each side of the meat in the mixture. Add more mixture as needed until all the meat is well coated.
  4. Bake chicken and pork chops at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Fish will take less time, around 30 minutes. You may need to grease your baking dish.
 

 
 

 

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68 Comments
  • Kassy
    October 18, 2019

    this looks supper yummy! Would love to try it with my kids! they love chicken very much. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Evelyn
    April 22, 2019

    Making this right now. It looks yummy and was very easy to make.

  • Anna
    April 1, 2019

    It’s amazing! I just randomly found your blog looking for this recipe. Awesome! Good for you!

  • Jennifer
    March 1, 2019

    My stepson cannot eat corn and loves breaded chicken. I used corn free bread crumbs and it was a hit.

  • Dawn
    January 2, 2019

    I let my chicken marinate in some ranch dressing then put batter on, turned out wonderful

  • Lois
    December 15, 2018

    Made this last night with chicken legs I had in freezer and was great. Definitely moving this recipe to my “Tried and True” board. Thanks!

    • Lois
      January 24, 2019

      Used this week on boneless pork chops. Turned out perfectly. I had stored the leftover mix from the last time in the freezer so dinner was prepared in a flash. Again, thanks!

  • Pat
    October 14, 2018

    Tried as I was out of S&B. So easy and as tasty as an be! Thanks for a great money savings trick.

  • Serina
    August 11, 2018

    I made this tonight for dinner it’s really good. The only problem I had was getting it to stick to the chicken but I just packed it in. My husband really liked it and so do my two young boys. I will definitely make it again

    • Camille
      August 20, 2018

      I have found if you wet the chicken, it sticks pretty well. Then I pat more on once it’s on the baking sheet.

  • Mickey
    March 19, 2018

    I made it tonight and it turned out great,no problem with getting it to stay on the chicken. I will make it again. Thank you for the recipe.

  • charlotte
    January 15, 2018

    Dont waste your ingredients. I dont know if just me but adding the oil ruined the coating. It would not stick to the chicken. Ended up clumpy and a mess with uncovered chicken. Leave the oil out and its just shake and bake

    • Camille
      January 16, 2018

      I’m sorry that happened. I’ve never ever had that happen in 10 years of making the recipe. I always use avocado or olive oil, if that helps!

    • Chef
      December 9, 2018

      Coat the chicken itself with oil then place it in the bag and shake.

  • rowanvamp0
    May 30, 2017

    I don’t have bread crumbs on hand but I do have Panko do you think that this would be an ok substitute?

    • Pat
      October 14, 2018

      You can always grind up heals of bread or dry toast in food processor or old fashioned grinder thus making your own bread crumbs. Living out in the country I’ve discovered all sorts of cooking emergency replacements. To answer your question Panko, although different than bread crumbs, should work well in this recipe.

  • Theresa
    August 12, 2015

    Looks really good! I used to love shake & bake as a kid. I need to make this. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight Party!

  • Gail Akeman
    August 8, 2015

    I always have bread crumbs in the house. So easy to make now.

  • Aalicyah Rhodus
    May 25, 2015

    My Mother is making This Tonight

  • Miz Helen
    October 11, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fun weekend!
    Miz Helen

  • Lori
    October 8, 2013

    We LOVE crispy baked chicken so I’m glad to have your homemade breading recipe. And I’m eager to try it on pork chops cuz we now have a freezer full of pork. Do you think you could share this recipe and any other great recipes you have over at our link party? http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/making-monday-link-party-8/

  • Karen Goodman
    October 7, 2013

    This looks GREAT! I need more chicken recipes and I try to stay away from frying chicken to keep it more healthy. Can’t wait to try this. Found you from the Melt in Your Mouth Sunday link up party. And glad I did!

  • Kalyan
    October 2, 2013

    looks delicious….just mouthwatering!

  • Faye Leong
    October 1, 2013

    How I wish I could put a bite on those crispy baked chicken. Great recipe!

  • Bea
    September 30, 2013

    Oh, the goodness of crunch baked chicken. So delicious 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Cindys Recipes and Writings
    September 30, 2013

    Crunchy chicken classic Camille!

  • Courtney
    September 30, 2013

    Gah! How have I not thought of this before? What a great idea!

  • Sarah
    September 30, 2013

    Love that you made your own Shake N Bake. Crispy baked chicken is the best, and we don’t think to make it nearly enough over here.

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    September 30, 2013

    Your post brought back many memories. I think we all remember those commercials and the little girl at the end going “And I helped!” Your remake sounds delicious and your photos look just like what I remember.

  • Cheryl King
    September 29, 2013

    I love this idea. Anything made cheaper, easier and healthier gets 2 big thumbs up from me. And you can’t go wrong adding garlic!! Thanks for sharing with the Crunch Bunch at #Sunday Supper!

  • Sarah Reid, RHNC (
    September 29, 2013

    There was something about S&B I loved growing up, this looks better though (and healthier!)

  • kathia Rodriguez
    September 29, 2013

    My all time favorite!

  • Brianne
    September 29, 2013

    How can they charge so much for something so simple?! This is fantastic!

  • Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (
    September 29, 2013

    I love make at home recipes. If I can get rid of cans and boxes I am a happy camper! Pinning this 🙂

  • Anne
    September 29, 2013

    Ha! I just made this last night! It’s one of my favorite no-fuss meals!

  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    September 29, 2013

    Perfectly simple! Great #SS recipe.

  • Jen
    September 29, 2013

    I looooove that you made everything, including the shake and bake, from scratch!

  • Tara
    September 29, 2013

    Crispy, crunchy, yummy looking chicken!!

  • Shaina
    September 29, 2013

    Everything tastes better when its homemade. Great recipe!

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom
    September 29, 2013

    Love the homemade shake and bake- fabulous!!

  • Faye Leong
    September 29, 2013

    Can’t wait to try this Crunchy Baked Chicken….looks so tempting!

  • Family Foodie
    September 29, 2013

    I love this so much more than shake and bake!

  • Renee
    September 29, 2013

    My parents would not get shake and bake and so I always wondered what it tasted like. To be honest, I’ve never bought a box of it either. I prefer homemade coatings like yours. Nice mix of spices in it.

  • Susan
    September 29, 2013

    I was that lucky kid who got fed shake and bake! I loved it when mom made it for dinner and your version looks identical to what I grew up with, but I bet it tastes so much better than the box mix!

  • Hezzi-D
    September 29, 2013

    Your coating looks exaclty like shake and bake! i can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Jennifer
    September 29, 2013

    Homemade shake and bake, I love it! I haven’t had that in years! Love the recipe!

  • Liz
    September 29, 2013

    Yeah, my mom would never buy Shake ‘n’ Bake either! We had the Rice Krispie version as well…which we never scoffed at. BUT yours homemade crispy chicken sounds better than both those options. Easy and delish!

  • The Ninja Baker
    September 29, 2013

    Shake ‘n Bake is so nostalgic. Visiting my mom on summer vacations from Tokyo, I loved wandering the American supermarkets. Somehow Shake ‘n Bake was always a curiosity. Mom was more of a tennis player than cook so I don’t recall too much of the lovely stuff. But thanks to you I can now make my own and hopefully fry up some chicken as good looking as yours!

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