Monday, March 07, 2011

Homemade Version of Shake and Bake

Shake and Bake is a popular bread crumb and spice blend sold by Kraft designed to make plain chicken or pork tasty when baked.  The directions are simple, place the seasoning mix in a plastic bag, add the raw chicken or pork, shake to coat the meat and then bake.
The product is designed as an alternative to "frying" and produces a fairly tasty blend. Shake and Bake was first put on the market by General Foods in 1965.  Now, it is sold in many flavor varieties - Original, Pork, Ranch, Garlic, Buffalo Chicken, Extra Crispy, BBQ Glaze, Italian, Hot & Spicy, and Parmesan Crusty.
Through the years, the term Shake and Bake has taken on various meanings. The term has become a slang, referring to the illegal process of making methamphetamine.  It also is a slang phrase for sporting moves, leaving your opponent in the dust, the military's use of explosives and other things.
But, it was named for the ease of the product.

I don't use Shake and Bake, but in high school, Jon's mother use to make chicken using this product.  She kept the bag in the fridge and added the seasoned mixture to it when she ran out.

I made my own version, rather than purchase the product. It is very inexpensive to make yourself and it is so easy to customize... The Kraft version contains hydrogenated oils, sugar and artificial color, preservatives and anti-caking agents.  My version uses spices that I had on hand and homemade breadcrumbs.  It is very easy to do.  Season to taste!

Make a big batch of the mixture and store in a container in the fridge.  Take out as much as you need at a time, about a cup covers 4 pieces of chicken.  Place the mix in a bag, add the raw chicken, one at a time, shake to coat.  Place chicken on a parchment lined sheet and bake at 400 degrees. Approximately 25 minutes for thin sliced chicken, 45 minutes for bone in chicken or boneless thick breasts.

4 cups dry bread crumbs
1 - 2 T salt
1 T paprika
1 T black pepper
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder or minced onion
1 T parsley flakes
1 T basil
1 T oregano
1/3 cup vegetable oil or olive oil

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir.  Pour in the oil and combine.  Mixture will be slightly moist.  Place in airtight container and place in fridge until ready to use.

Getting ready...
Check to make sure it is evenly coated.
Then bake.
Remove from pan when done.
Crispy and yummy.

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