I am all about easy, quick dinners that everyone will eat. Before I got into clean eating, I would make Shake ‘n Bake chicken or pork chops here and there and it was a big hit each time. (I actually preferred the Oven Fry brand, but it’s the same junk in a box!) Now that school has started, I’m also looking for dinners that make leftovers that are good for school lunches.

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I decided to give a homemade version a try recently, and everyone loved it! I love that it made enough for at least 3 meals, too. You don’t have to mix up the coating every time you want to make “shake & bake” chicken or pork chops. It is still a convenience food, just much healthier! I have it in a quart-sized mason jar in the refrigerator. It makes delicious chicken nuggets also.

I looked at a few recipes and made some tweaks. You can find the original recipe I based mine off of here at The Black Peppercorn.

Homemade Shake & Bake

(adapted from The Black Peppercorn)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 TBSP onion powder
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry parsley
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

Mix all ingredients. Store in mason jar or other container in the refrigerator.

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To make chicken or pork chops, moisten meat with water or egg. Coat in mixture. Cook at 400 degrees on a lightly oiled or foil-lined baking sheet for 20-30 minutes. To make chicken nuggets or chicken fingers, adjust cooking time accordingly. Enjoy!!