Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken is an EASY, flavorful chicken entree using a quick copycat spice mixture. Chicken pieces are coated with spices, then baked!
Anyone remember the catch-phrase “It’s Shake n’ Bake… and I helped!”? I sure remember those TV commercials for shake and bake chicken. Years ago, I used this mixture for baked chicken.
Today I’d like to share with you a copycat version of how to easily make your own Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken! This copycat recipe for the spice mixture uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! The original shake and bake chicken mix was a packet you could buy to help season chicken or pork. All you needed to do was shake it on the chicken, then bake it! Talk about convenience!
Well, why not make it yourself, and save some money? The spice mix is so easy to throw together, the chicken pieces are coated with it, then it’s baked until done. That’s it!
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Make The Spice Mix
To make the spice mix, flour, paprika, salt, garlic powder, thyme, and black pepper are mixed in a small bowl until combined. The shake and bake chicken mix, as written, will coat 8 pieces of chicken. Once mixed, place the spice mixture in a gallon sized, resealable bag.
Prepare Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken For Cooking
Take the skin off the chicken (optional, but healthier). When I make the shake and bake chicken for these photos, I used chicken thighs and legs. Dip each of the chicken pieces, one at a time, in milk. Cover all sides with the milk.
After dipping the chicken piece in milk, shake the excess off. Place the chicken (one piece at a time) into the large resealable bag with the spice mix. Close and shake until the piece of chicken is coated on all sides. Repeat this process for each piece of chicken.
Spray a 13×9 inch baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place each of the coated shake and bake chicken pieces onto the pan. Be sure to leave a bit of space between each of the pieces.
Time To Cook the Shake And Bake Chicken!
Cook the shake and bake chicken in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Large chicken breasts will need to cook a little bit longer to be fully cooked through.
When the chicken is finished cooking, remove the pan from oven. If any of the spice mix is still “dry” on top of the shake and bake chicken, simply brush some of the pan drippings onto the mix. This should wet the spice mix enough for a uniform look.
Serve, and enjoy this delicious shake and bake chicken with a side dish you enjoy! It’s a completely SIMPLE and flavorful way to serve those you love a tasty dinner without a lot of fuss! Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you!
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Recipe Source: unknown (found on 3×5 index card written on years and years ago)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 8 pieces chicken (thighs and legs)
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine spice mix ingredients; stir well. Place into a plastic, gallon sized resealable bag.
- Dip one piece of chicken in milk at a time, and fully coat on all sides. Let excess drip off.
- Place piece of chicken into resealable bag with spice mix. Close top of bag and shake until chicken piece is completely coated. Place coated chicken onto a 13x9 inch baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Repeat process for rest of chicken, leaving a bit of space between each piece on baking sheet.
- Bake chicken at 375 degrees for 40 minutes (a bit longer if using chicken breasts-bone in). When done, remove from oven, and serve immediately.
NOTE: Caloric calculation is only for spice mix, since there are different pieces of chicken that may be used, all with differing caloric counts.
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