Homemade Shake n Bake

Do you remember seeing those Shake n Bake commercials in the 1980s, with Alice from The Brady Bunch. She really was the perfect spokesperson for anything cooking related back then, because pretty much everyone watched The Brady Bunch.

Ahhh, the memories!

Shake n Bake was all about convenience, and really, what could be simpler. Place the seasoning mix in a bag, throw in a piece of chicken or a pork chop – shake it around so the meat is coated and place it on a baking sheet. Bake it in the oven and the meat comes out crispy. That’s it. Not only is it easy, but it is also a healthier way to cook than deep frying.

I still love Shake n Bake and have found myself buying the box of seasoned bread crumbs from time to time. Considering that it is essentially bread crumbs and seasoning, the box is expensive. Making your own is very simple and way cheaper. You likely have all the ingredients in your pantry right now!!

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This copycat recipe of Shake n Bake is the equivalent of 3 or 4 boxes of the real stuff. So, you will want to store it. I use a mason jar and keep the lid on fairly tight. I find that this helps to keep the mixture fresh for a couple months anyway. Place it in the freezer and it will last even longer.

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Making Shake n Bake at home means that you will not get those nifty little bags for coating the meat in the breading mixture. No worries! I find that freezer bags work perfectly.

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I line my cookie sheet with aluminum foil so that the meat does not stick. It is far easier to clean this way as well!

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Homemade Shake n Bake - Great for chicken and pork

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Classic crispy oven baked shake n bake copycat recipe of the Kraft original. Perfect for pork chops and chicken legs, breasts and more. Bread crumbs, oil, salt, pepper, garlic, onions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until evenly mixed and the bread crumbs are no longer 'clumpy' from the oil.
  • Dump into a mason jar or plastic container and store in the pantry for 1-2 months.

Notes

Shake n Bake Pork Chops
Preheat oven to 425F. Dump some of the shake n bake mix in a large ziploc bag. Rinse pork chops in cold running water. Let excess water drain off. Place pork chops 1 at a time in the bag with the shake n bake. Seal and shake the bag so that the pork chop is totally coated in the breading. Remove the pork chop from the bag, shaking off excess breading. Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Do this with the remaining pork chops. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Shake n Bake Chicken
Preheat oven to 400F. Dump some of the shake n bake mix in a large ziploc bag. Rinse chicken in cold running water. Let excess water drain off. Place chicken, one piece at a time, in the bag with the shake n bake. Seal and shake the bag so that the chicken is totally coated in the breading. Remove the chicken from the bag, shaking off excess breading. Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Do this with the remaining pork chops.
Bone-in chicken - Bake for 45 minutes.
Boneless chicken - Bake for 20 minutes

Nutrition

Per serving:

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 1169mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g

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  • 5 stars
    Been using this for years – this is my go-to. Absolutely the best!

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  • 5 stars
    My husband told me, “I don’t know what you did, but whatever it is, please do it again.” I made enough to have leftovers but there are no leftovers. Way better than any store bought, pre-made one. Will definitely make again and again.

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  • This is BY FAR, the best shake and bake recipe I have ever used (and I have tried quite a few) – sooo good! The only tweek I made is that I used Smoked Paprika instead of regular paprika, and I use Panko Crumbs … what a family hit and thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It is pinned and will be used for years to come!!!

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect! This is amazing on pork chops or butterflied pork. The spice combo is perfect and it keeps well in the pantry.

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect! Thank you for posting. Turned out divine.

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  • im laughing i didnt even realize that i posted already that is how much I like it lol

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  • 5 stars
    This was amazing! It tastes so good!. I used it on chicken and pork and i used it twice this week already! I didn’t have the cayenne powder so i used chili seasoning instead, it wasn’t too spicy it was perfect.
    I stared with a half recipe to see if I liked it, well now I am going to double the full recipe. i wont buy the real brand ever again thank you

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  • 5 stars
    I was so amazed at how wonderful this tasted! I did replace the Cayenne pepper this time with Chili Powder because i didnt have any ( i looked up the equivalent amount) My pork chops tasted great! I love that it is so easy to make the mixture. I am using it for the second time. I still have plenty left for more pork chop dinners! thank you so much for posting this recipe/

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    • This was so easy to make and tasted just like the real thing. I just realized I ran out of shake and bake right before cooking dinner. So I’m glad I found this recipe. I only put in half the sodium because I put a thin layer of olive oil mayo on the pork before coating it with the DYI shake and bake. It turned out great in my airfryer!! Will definitely be making this again.

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      • So glad you liked this recipe! This is our go to for shake and bake mix as well.

  • 5 stars
    Family loved it!
    Even made a gluten free version for a sensitive kiddo (minus the cayenne), turned out great.
    Thanks so much for this!!

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    • 5 stars
      Perfect! This is amazing on pork chops or butterflied pork. The spice combo is perfect and it keeps well in the pantry.

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  • 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this recipe!
    I think the only adaptation I made was to leave out the sugar. I have what I call an allergy so I do without when I can.
    I can never cook pork chops so they are moist without shake n bake. As one who has to be wheat free, I knew I had to make my own with gluten free breadcrumbs. Since I have always had trouble with shake n bake sticking, I found some instructions that add to the complexity but at least we get to taste your great recipe ON the chop!

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