Superior-to-Shake n' Bake Chicken

Superior-to-Shake n' Bake Chicken

Shake n' Bake is a great idea, but the stuff that comes in the box looks and tastes like dust, is bogged down with salt, and is supposed to adhere to the chicken with water, which sounds so non-succulent. And it's not crunchy enough. Making your own takes just a couple minutes in the food processor and it's fun to think of your own flavors (for inspiration, see below); plus, using Melba toast in place of bread crumbs gives the chicken a true crunch even after 20 minutes in the oven.

1 (5-ounce) box whole-grain Melba toast (you can use plain, but I like whole-grain for its flavor and its golden brown color)
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of sugar


In a food processor, combine the Melba toast, vegetable oil, salt, paprika, and sugar and process until the mixture is mostly medium-fine crumbs (it's okay if a couple bigger pieces remain).
Pour the mixture into a Ziploc bag.
Store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Makes about 2 cups, enough to coat 1 pound of chicken breast.
Now use it with this Superior to Shake n' Bake chicken recipe.

Posted by Kit


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