This Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken is classic comfort food that covers tender, juicy chicken with a spice-filled crunchy coating! Requires only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time, then let your oven do the rest!
This Chicken Shake and Bake recipe is so simple and GOOD!
Gather friends and family around the dinner table to enjoy this wonderful recipe! It’s crunchy, moist, and tastes way better than the store-bought version!
Making Shake and Bake is way easier than you may think! Simply toss bread crumbs in a food processor, mix them with spices, coat the chicken, and then bake!
A simple homemade dinner that you can feel good about serving to your family!
What is shake and bake?
Shake and Bake is a seasoned bread crumb mixture that became popular in the 1960s and 70s. This homemade version skips the kit and makes a copycat version from pantry staples.
What I love about this recipe for Shake and Bake Chicken
- Use Pork! Don’t like chicken or just don’t have any on hand? Swap it out for some boneless pork chops! I actually enjoy making shake and bake with both chicken and pork!
- Homemade! This dish brings SO much more delicious flavor to the table since it’s homemade!
- Make Your Own Bread Crumbs! Go a step further and make your own breadcrumbs! It’s super easy to do, just scroll down for directions!
- Easy Dinner Option! This recipe takes just 15 minutes of hands-on time using pantry staple ingredients! This means you can still deliver a healthy, tasty meal to your family, even on the busiest weekdays!
Ingredients in Shake and Bake Chicken Recipe
You get to pick the cut of meat you use in this recipe I love using boneless chicken breasts, but if you prefer bone-in chicken thighs, you could also use that as well.
With boneless chicken breasts, I often will cut them up into chicken tenders or even chicken nuggets for my kids! Once you have your chicken (or pork chops!), it’s time to open up your pantry to make the coating!
The base of the coating is dry breadcrumbs. For this, you can grab your favorite store-bought crumbs or make your own at home!
After the breadcrumbs have been pulsed in a food processor, spices are then mixed in to add mouthwatering flavors! Those ingredients include garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, dried parsley, thyme, and paprika.
Lastly, you’ll need olive oil and cornstarch, both help the coating stick to the chicken!
How to make Shake and Bake Chicken
- Mix the breadcrumbs, cornstarch, garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, parsley, and thyme in a large Ziploc bag.
- Add olive oil to the breadcrumb mixture.
- Dip each piece of chicken in the remaining olive oil.
- Place the chicken into the Ziploc bag, seal the bag, and then squish it around to coat the chicken well.
- Place the coated chicken on a sheet pan that’s lined with aluminum foil.
- Bake the chicken in the oven. Then transfer the chicken pieces onto a wire cooling rack to prevent them from getting soggy.
How to serve Homemade Chicken Shake and Bake
Shake and Bake Chicken Sides
Shake and Bake Recipe (Chicken) FAQs
Bake three slices of bread on a baking sheet at 300 Degrees F for 10 minutes.
Flip the slices over and bake for another 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they dry to be sure the slices of bread aren’t browning.
Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool.
Place the cooled bread into a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.
In this recipe, I use olive oil to get the shake and bake to stick to the chicken. For better results, you can dry each piece of chicken with paper towels before coating it in oil.
You could also dip the chicken in beaten eggs or even an egg-flour blend.
Yes, that swap will work just fine!
I love a thicker breading on my chicken too! To achieve thicker breading I repeat the olive oil dip and bread mixture coating.
You can easily make your own! Just use 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
The chicken has finished cooking once it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
For boneless chicken, it will take about 20 minutes of baking to reach the correct internal temperature.
For bone-in chicken, it takes between 35 to 45 minutes to bake.
Another way to check for doneness is to cut into a piece of chicken. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. But if they run red or pink, the chicken needs more baking time.
You can mix the dry ingredients together. Then wait to add the oil until you’re ready to make this chicken recipe. The dry mixture will last for weeks!
You can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
In this recipe, there’s no brining or marinating. This chicken is simply dipped in olive oil before being breaded and baked. As long as you don’t overbake it, the end results should be tender and juicy chicken.
I don’t wash my chicken before cooking it and don’t recommend doing so, however, there are many people who do. The USDA and other organizations have conducted studies which concluded that washing chicken did more harm than good. This Our Science, Your Choice article has a lot of good information in it that you might find helpful.
Follow the recipe directions for crispy chicken right out of the oven. Once stored, the chicken begins to lose it’s crispiness and won’t get back to the level it was right after baking. However, you can reheat it in the air fryer to get some of the crispy-factor back.
You won’t hear a single complaint at the dinner table when you serve this deliciously crisp Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken!
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- Baked Chicken Wings – Skips the hassle of deep-frying while still delivering incredibly crispy chicken!
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Homemade Chicken Shake and Bake Recipe
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- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large-rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Combine the breadcrumbs, cornstarch, garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, parsley, and thyme in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag.1 cup dry breadcrumbs, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon dried parsley, ½ teaspoon thyme, ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix until the whole mixture is a sandy texture. Then pour the remaining 5 tablespoons of olive oil into a shallow bowl or plate and coat each piece of chicken.6 Tablespoons olive oil, 1½ pounds chicken breasts
- Add the chicken pieces to the bag, one at a time. And shake it around to coat the chicken well. If you want a thicker breading, coat the breaded chicken in oil again, then add it to the bag of breadcrumbs and shake.
- The chicken will need to be baked for about 20 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature is 165 degrees. If using other cuts of chicken, the baking time may vary.
- Remove from the oven and transfer the chicken to a cooling rack to rest for a few minutes before serving. Using a cooling rack prevents the bottom of the chicken from getting soggy.
- How Do You Get Shake and Bake To Stick To Chicken? In this recipe, I use olive oil to get the shake and bake to stick to the chicken. For better results, you can dry each piece of chicken with paper towels before coating it in oil. You could also dip the chicken in beaten eggs or even an egg-flour blend.
- Can I Coat The Chicken In Vegetable Oil Instead Of Olive Oil? Yes, that swap will work just fine!
- How Can I Get A Thicker Breading Onto The Chicken? I love a thicker breading on my chicken too! To achieve thicker breading I just repeat the olive oil dip and bread mixture coating.
- What Can I Substitute For Garlic Salt? You can easily make your own! Just use 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
- How Do I Know The Chicken Is Done Cooking? The chicken has finished cooking once it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Can I Make The Seasoned Breading Mixture Ahead Of Time? You can mix the dry ingredients together. Then just wait to add the oil until you’re ready to make this chicken recipe. The dry mixture will last for weeks!
- How Do I Store The Leftovers? You can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.