Copycat Shake and Bake Chicken Recipe

Contributor: Allie Doran

Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken is super quick to make, and this copycat shake and bake breading makes the chicken flavorful and crispy.

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


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  • 1 cup unseasoned, plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 Tbps. cooking oil*
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease it lightly with cooking oil.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, onion powder, dried parsley, dried basil, salt, paprika, and garlic powder.
  3. Add the oil and stir until all of the crumbs, herbs, and spices are well coated. Transfer to a plastic bag, if desired.**
  4. If the chicken breasts are large, with your knife blade parallel to your cutting board, slice them in half to yield 2 thinner cutlets of chicken per breast. Alternatively, you can pound them out to a thinner, more even thickness.
  5. Add the chicken to the breadcrumb mixture and toss to coat on all sides completely.
  6. Shake any excess coating off of the chicken and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Bake until coating is browned and crisp and the chicken has reached 165°F internally, 25-30 minutes.

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*If you’re mixing up the homemade shake ‘n bake mixture to use at a later date, don’t add the oil. Mix up the breadcrumbs and seasonings and then put them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just before using the mixture is when you’ll add the oil.

**You can add your chicken directly to the bowl and coat it there instead of using a bag to shake it up. Just mix it up in there, or top the bowl with an inverted bowl and shake that.