How to Make Homemade Shake & Bake

September 6, 2021
Are you a fan of the old stand-by Shake & Bake seasoned coating mix? Make your own! Just grab some bread crumbs and spices, and follow these simple steps on how to make homemade Shake & Bake to whip up your own copycat version of this classic pantry staple.

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Who, like me, grew up eating Shake & Bake-coated chicken for dinner? 

You remember the stuff, right? It was an old stand-by, for sure. You empty the crumb coating mixture into a plastic baggie, add in some chicken (or pork chops), and shake it up (hence the name) to get the meat all nice and coated. Then pop the pan of chicken in the oven to bake up all crispy on the outside for a super simple dinner that seemed to be loved by all.

Just grab some bread crumbs and spices, and follow these simple steps to whip up your own copycat version of this classic pantry staple.

Shake & Bake chicken was a staple weeknight meal at our house growing up. And Shake & Bake Chicken Thighs have become a staple weeknight meal now at my house, as well. -- Only I now make my own copycat homemade Shake & Bake coating mix. Because homemade Shake & Bake is super easy to make, and making my own let's me control (and know) exactly what's in it.

To make your own Shake & Bake, you simply grab some plain bread crumbs and a bunch of spices, combine them together with a little bit of canola oil to help the mix bake up crunchy, and you're good to go. It takes all of about 10 minutes or less to whip up a batch. 

And I love that you can mix up several batches in bulk at the same time, then store them away for later.  The mix will keep for about 3 months in the pantry, or can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for even longer. When you're ready to prep dinner, just grab a batch and shake away.

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What's to Love About This Recipe?
  • The classic seasoned crispy coating we love - It's a great copycat of the classic flavor we remember.
  • You control what's in the mix - When you make your own Shake & Bake, you control (and know) exactly what's in it. Want to up the spice? -- No problem. Want to tone it down? -- No problem there, either. Less salt? -- You got it!
  • Easy to make - Measure and mix is all it takes. You can have a batch of homemade Shake & Bake done in 10 minutes or less.
  • Can be made ahead in bulk for quick dinner prep - Homemade Shake & Bake will keep in the pantry for up to about 3 months, in the refrigerator for about 6-8 months, or in the freezer for up to about a year. So you can prep several batches at once and store them away to grab when you need them.
  • Versatile in its use - Use the mix for boneless or bone-in chicken, pork chops, or even make your own homemade chicken nuggets.

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Homemade Shake & Bake Ingredients:

Homemade Shake & Bake coating mix is quite simply bread crumbs and a bunch of spices, and it's super simple to make. To whip up a batch, you'll need:

  • Plain dried bread crumbs - Use store-bought or make your own. I always use store-bought for convenience.
  • Salt & pepper
  • Granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Dried parsley
  • Chili powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Granulated sugar
  • Canola or vegetable oil

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How to Make Homemade Shake & Bake:

Making a batch of homemade Shake & Bake truly couldn't be any easier. Just measure and mix is all there is to it!

To whip some up, place some plain bread crumbs in a mixing bowl. You can make your own bread crumbs, if you'd like, but I just use store-bought plain bread crumbs for ease and convenience. 

Add in all the seasonings and mix everything together well. Then slowly drizzle and whisk in a little bit of canola oil until the mixture is thoroughly combined.  The oil helps the mixture clump together a bit and helps it bake up nice and crunchy.

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Once the oil is mixed in, the Shake & Bake coating mixture will darken in color a little and clump a bit into a sandy consistency.

It's ready to use immediately, or you can store it away for later.

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To store away for later, spoon the prepared Shake & Bake mixture into an airtight, sealable container. Or, divide the mixture evenly into separate gallon-sized ziploc bags and store in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. The mix will keep in the pantry for up to about 3 months, in the refrigerator for about 6-8 months, or in the freezer for up to about one year.

To use, spoon the prepared Shake & Bake mixture into a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Add in 2 to 3 pieces of uncooked chicken or pork chops at a time and shake until the meat is thoroughly coated. Then bake it up to enjoy.

Super easy, tasty, and convenient. -- Homemade Shake & Bake makes for one super simple dinner that just seems to be loved by all!

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Recipe FAQs:
  • How should homemade Shake & Bake be stored? - Homemade Shake & Bake mix can be stored in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer -- depending on how long you plan to keep it. Because of the oil whisked into the dry ingredients, the refrigerator or freezer is best for longer-term storage since oil can go rancid.

  • How long will homemade Shake & Bake keep in the pantry? - Homemade Shake & Bake can be stored in the pantry for up to about 3 months. To store it longer, refrigerate or freeze it. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to about 6-8 months and in the freezer for up to about 1 year. Set it out to come to room temperature before using.

  • Can I use Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain to make homemade Shake & Bake? - Yes, you can if you'd prefer. -- It may alter the flavor some. Omit the oregano and thyme since those spices are most likely already included in the seasoned bread crumbs.

  • Can I change the amounts of the spices, use less salt, or leave out the sugar? - One of the beauties of this homemade Shake & Bake recipe is its versatility! While we love the flavor of the recipe just as it is, changes can absolutely be made to suit personal taste or dietary needs. Play around with the recipe and make it your own, for sure.


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Main Dishes
American
Yield: 1 batch
Author: Tracey | The Kitchen is My Playground
Homemade Shake & Bake

Homemade Shake & Bake

Are you a fan of the old stand-by Shake & Bake seasoned coating mix? Make your own! Just grab some bread crumbs and spices, and follow these simple steps on how to make homemade Shake & Bake to whip up your own copycat version of this classic pantry staple.
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

For a Single Batch to Coat About 1 & 1/2 to 2 Pounds of Meat:
For 3 Batches to Put Up in the Pantry:
  • 3 c. plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1 T. granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar 
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 c. canola or vegetable oil

Instructions

How to Make the Shake & Bake Coating Mix:
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs and all seasonings (salt, granulated garlic, onion powder, sugar, paprika, parsley, pepper, chili powder, oregano, and thyme). Mix well.
  2. Slowly drizzle and whisk in canola oil until thoroughly combined.
How to Store the Larger Batch for Later:
  1. Spoon prepared Shake & Bake mixture into an airtight, sealable container. Or, divide prepared mixture evenly into 3 gallon-sized ziploc bags. (Each bag will coat about 1 & 1/2 to 2 pounds of meat.)
  2. Store in the pantry for up to 3 months.
  3. Or, store in the refrigerator for up to about 6-8 months, or in the freezer for up to 1 year. Bring to room temperature before using.
How to Use to Prepare & Cook Meat:
  1. Spoon prepared Shake & Bake coating in a gallon-sized ziploc bag.
  2. Season chicken or pork with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  3. Place 2 to 3 pieces uncooked seasoned meat at a time in ziploc bag with coating mix. Seal bag with air in it to allow meat room to move around. Shake until meat is thoroughly coated.
  4. Place coated meat on a baking pan very lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, arranging pieces at least 1-inch apart.
  5. Bake, as noted below:
  • Boneless chicken breasts or thighs: 400℉ for 25-35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  • Chicken tenders or nuggets: 400℉ for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  • Bone-in chicken pieces: 375℉ for 40-45 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  • Boneless pork chops: 400℉ for 25-30 minutes, until pork is cooked through.
  • Bone-in pork chops: 375℉ for 35-45 minutes, until pork is cooked through.

TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. This copycat Shake & Bake coating does have a little bit of spiciness to it. If you want to tone it down, reduce the amount of black pepper and/or chili powder.
  2. After coating the meat, discard any Shake & Bake remaining in the bag. -- Do not save it for later use.


How to Make Homemade Shake & Bake Coating ~ Make your own version of this classic pantry staple! Just grab some bread crumbs & spices to whip up your own copycat Shake & Bake. Then use it to bake up a truly simple & delicious chicken or pork dinner that's loved by all.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


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3 comments

  1. We literally just had shake n bake 2 nights ago and I was thinking that there had to be a way to make it myself! Thanks for sharing this. Pinning to try real soon.

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  2. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope you have a fabulous week.

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  3. I have wanted a recipe for this so I am glad you shared it. Pinned of course. Thanks for sharing it. #HomeMattersParty

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