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!!
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.
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.
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!
Homemade Shake n Bake - Great for chicken and pork
- 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
- 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.