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Homemade Shake and Bake

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 375
homemade shake and bake chicken on a serving platter

Whether you’re making shake and bake pork chops or chicken breasts, our homemade shake and bake recipe is a quick ticket to crispy outsides and juicy insides, sans frying!

A Simple, DIY Homemade Shake and Bake Recipe

Kraft’s classic boxed Shake ‘N Bake mixture is a kitchen cupboard classic, but we like to DIY it a bit. Why? Well, because our homemade shake and bake recipe is just, well, better! Homemade is always better. Whether you’re wanting a super crispy, shake and bake chicken or tender, moist shake-and-bake pork—BTW if you’ve never tried to shake and bake pork, get on that right now!—our homemade herby breadcrumb mixture is here to blow you away! It’s so easy to throw together, and you can even mix up the breadcrumbs and spices in a double, triple or even quadruple batch and have them on-hand for quick and easy crispy chicken dinners!

chicken breast, vegetable oil, breadcrumbs, sugar and spices on the counter to make homemade shake and bake chicken

Everything You’ll Need to Make A Homemade Shake and Bake Mixture

The full recipe (at the bottom of the page) includes meat suggestions—feel free to use chicken breasts, chicken tenders, or pork chops. But for now, let’s just focus on the shake and bake ingredients that go into the coating! The coating is really just seasoned breadcrumbs, and there’s nothing fancy about it in the slightest. The herbs are flexible—you can add all three, or just use whichever you have in your pantry right now. Only got dried parsley? No prob! Got all three? Use a mixture! What we’re getting at is that this is a really easy going recipe. You can also mix up a big container of the seasoned breadcrumbs and keep it around to make shake and bake night even easier. Without further ado, here are our of shake and bake mix ingredients:

  • Breadcrumbs

  • Salt

  • Sugar

  • Paprika

  • Onion powder

  • Garlic powder

  • Black pepper

  • Dried basil, oregano or parsley

a bowl lined with a plastic bag filled with breadcrumbs and spices to coat chicken for homemade shake and bake chicken
raw chicken in a plastic bag being coated with breadcrumbs and spices to make homemade shake and bake chicken

It’s Shake and Bake, and I Helped!

Yeah, the commercial is pretty cheesy (awesomely cheesy, TBH), but our homemade shake and bake recipe is actually a really fun one to make with kids. Even the littlest helpers can get in on the action, and no, getting them involved doesn’t mean dealing with a huge mess. How is that possible? Well, this entire recipe pretty much happens in a big zip-top bag! Shake and bake directions can be summed up at “dump everything into a bag and shake, then bake”. But truly, this is so easy! Here’s how to make shake and bake:

  1. Make the crispy shake and bake mixture: Mix together breadcrumbs, salt, sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder black pepper, cayenne and basil in a large zip-top bag, drizzle in a little oil. Close the bag and (this is a good moment to involve a kid, if you’re looking to do so) and sort of massage the oil into the spiced breadcrumb mixture.

  2. Dip each chicken piece or pork chop into a little water. This helps the spiced breadcrumb mixture adhere to the meat.

  3. One by one, put a piece of pork or chicken into the bag of shake and bake coating and yes, shake! Shake the bag around until the meat is totally coated in crumbs. Again, this is a super fun job for a kid! All fun, and no mess!

  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the meat is perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy, tender (and of course done) on the inside!

homemade shake and bake chicken arranged on a baking sheet on the counter ready to go into the oven
baked homemade shake and bake chicken just out of the oven on a baking sheet
homemade shake and bake chicken on a plate
homemade shake and bake chicken on a plate with broccoli and mashed potatoes topped with melted butter

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Why Fry? Shake 'N Bake!

We really cannot resist the ultra-fab retro appeal of these old Shake ‘N Bake ads. It’s a serious YouTube rabbit hole. Seriously, watch them and enjoy. But when you do, we hope you fall equally as hard for our homemade shake and bake recipe! If you make it, let us know how you like it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Homemade Shake and Bake

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 375


  • 1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp paprika (not smoked)
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne, optional
  • 1 tsp dried basil, oregano or parsley (any combination of these will work)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 6), 3 lbs of chicken breast tenders or 6 (1/2 inch thick) bone-in or boneless pork chops.


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Combine the breadcrumbs, salt, sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne and your choice of dried herbs in a large zip-top bag. Seal the bag and toss the spice mixture until combined.

  3. Open the bag, drizzle in the oil. Seal the bag and mix again until the oil is fully incorporated.

  4. Fill a medium-sized bowl or pie pan with a little water. Working with one chicken breast or pork chop at a time, moisten the meat with the water, allowing any excess to drip off back into the pan. This will help the spiced breadcrumb mixture adhere to the meat.

  5. One at a time, add the pieces of chicken or pork to the bag of seasoned breadcrumbs. Add one piece, seal the bag and shake until the meat is completely covered in breadcrumbs. Open the bag and move the crumb-coated meat to an ungreased or foil-covered rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pieces or meat.

  6. Cook until the internal temperature of the meat is where it’s supposed to be when checked with an instant-read thermometer—165° F for chicken or 145°F for pork chops. It will take about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your meat. Do not cover or turn the meat while baking.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories375
  • Protein71 g
  • Carbohydrates10 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol132 mg
  • sodium1007 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Homemade Shake and Bake

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Richard Stewart

    Will Italian seasoned breadcrumbs work?

    It might be too strong since we add a lot of spices in the recipe.

  • Linda Vadnais

    How long would I bake one inch pork chops?

    15-20 minutes. Hope you enjoy Linda!

  • Patricia

    I love whole chicken wings, will this recipe work with them?

    It would definitely change the cook time, we haven't tested this with chicken wings.

  • Shelley

    I don’t have sea salt, can I substitute regular salt or kosher?



    Why oil ?

    Hi James, the oil helps them get golden brown while baking. Hope you enjoy!

  • Cassia Margolis

    Made this as a prop for a vide- and the actors said it was really good.

    Thanks Cassia, glad it was enjoyed!

  • Deborah Sakamoto

    What a delicious recipe! I used panko instead of traditional bread crumbs and it was fantastic! Mahalo nui for posting this great and easy recipe that uses ingredients I have in my pantry. (In Hawaii, it's very common for us to have panko on hand in the pantry; I use panko in place of bread crumbs all the time.)

    Thanks Deborah, we are so glad that you loved it!

  • Michelle

    I tried this recipe with salmon pieces, and panko with some success...about 30% coverage. (The panko must be just heavy enough that water doesn't hold.)So I added regular bread crumbs to the bag, shook again, and the bread crumbs covered the bare spots!

    So yummy and crispy! Love the water trick since eggs are a no-go due to an allergy in my family.

    I'm doing this recipe again tomorrow, with pork chops, but will stick with just bread crumbs. Can't wait!

    Thanks Michelle, so glad you loved it and that it worked with salmon!

  • Britt

    This entire time I thought the recipe called for 11 cups of bread crumbs (LOL!) After going through an entire container I figured out it was 1 and 1/2. Good times! It turned out great though!

    Oh no! haha Glad you caught it in time. Happy you enjoyed it Britt!

  • Hailey Nodurft

    This was so easy and super delicious! It reminded me of my childhood when my mom would make it from the box but MUCH better! I’ll definitely be making this again!

    Thank you Hailey, we are so happy you enjoyed it!