It's shake and bake and no one helped!(lil'brats!)
By Patti Martin Snowbunny73
The brand name "shake and bake" is starting to get a little more "pricey-er" and the knock off versions just don't taste as good so I came up with my own variation. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do
One day my son was craving shake and bake and I was dead broke. I looked in my pantry and noticed I had a new can of bread crumbs a friend have given me a while back.
She know I'm domestically challenged and have never used bread crumbs in my whole entire life. I had no idea what people even used bread crumbs for! I had no idea that there was even such a thing AS bread crumbs!
I then looked into my limited spice collection. And thought,"Aha! I have an idea! My poor son has been the victim of my other kitchen experiments, surely I could use him again!
Well as luck would have it, I had an empty box of "shake and bake" too! So I tossed the box in the trash can so he would think that I was actually using "shake and bake"(I'm so clever!)
After making this the first time, my son ate every single dang bit of it! Then I revealed to him it wasn't actually the "real shake and bake". He was a little upset at first saying that I suckered him into eating another one of my kitchen experiments.
While that is true, I also pointed out that he didn't leave any for me!(Brat!). So since then I always make sure I have an empty box of shake and bake on hand when I make this.
You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs OR boneless pork chops(Like the pork loin kind) depending on your preference.
prepare your "pre-dip" thingy to "coat your chicken or pork before putting it into the breading/coating" in a shallow dish
~Okee dokee, you can either use the (*)egg wash or you can use 2 tablespoons of Canola oil(or vegetable oil, but canola is supposed to be better for your heart or something like that)(give or take a bit here and there...)
the pre-coat stuff is more of a personal thing. I like to use the canola oil since it seems to "stick better" for me and plus I have issues with the "egg wash"(long story)
Pre-heat your oven 350degrees
coat a shallow Pyrex glass oblong pan with 2 tbs of oil(Or if using a cookie sheet, line it with foil and then coat it with 2 tbs of oil)
In a big ass zip lock bag, mix your bread crumbs, paprika, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and McCormick's "perfect pinch" Rotisserie seasoning if you happen to have some on hand(It's about $2 something at WalMart neighborhood market)
After coating your chicken or pork in the oil or egg wash, put one piece at a time in the bag and shake it up til'coated.
place in your grease pan about an inch or so apart(As long as the meat isn't touching each other)
Bake for 15 minutes* then turn and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes(You can cut a piece and make sure it's not "pink" inside)
*depending on the "thickness" of your meat. I cut the chicken into "thinner" slices so it doesn't take so long to cook since I usually wait until the last minute to make dinner....
Let set for 5 minutes after taking out of the oven and then tadaaaaah! enjoy!!!
*You can make extra "shake and bake" coating and store it in a zip-lock bag in your freezer til you need it. Just double your dry ingredients, divide and store til you need it again.
Dana Ramsey DRamsey - May 26, 2011
I love your post! The detail I can actually picture myself in your kitchen watching you put this together! Funny too! Thanks for posting.
Patti Martin Snowbunny73 - May 26, 2011
NP! Ya know, I have to add the commentary so people can kinda get the jist of what I'm saying since y'all don't know me too well...My son USED to get excited helping me cook. He's a "pre-teen" now, so I'm lucky I can get him to even eat half the stuff I make anymore...
Deb Crane songchef - May 26, 2011
I sure hope you have a blog! Your description is great! lol You could SO have a great blog with recipes and stories from the kitchen and your sons reactions..... priceless! lol And, it sounds like you did a great job coming up with a home made shake and bake to boot! :)
Dana Ramsey DRamsey - May 27, 2011
I agree with Deb!
Patti Martin Snowbunny73 - May 27, 2011
Aww thanks Deb and Dana. I used to blog when yahoo had 360, then I went to multiply, Poked around on blogger. Blogger women take their blogging a little bit too seriously and you don't have those fancy shmancy clickable thingys and all the bling and funky glittery things"that they created themselves", well, your cast you out like yesterdays kitchen experiment that your family turned their noses up at. And then I just kind of stopped.
I like it here. You women make me feel good about being domestically challenged. You don't overly brag,"Well Muffy,I made an 8 course meal complete along with doing all my daily cleaning. Oh ho ho, and Studly, my Dr. Lawyer husband got anther promotion and little Suzy made first chair kazoo today in band today. I do declare, the kindergarten marching band would fall apart without her!"
That's not me, yo! I'm just a laid back run of the mill American single parent trying to make it in today's world.
You know I think Erma Bombeck said it best.
"I could start drinking before the kids get on the bus or wait til after, but I chose to find humor in things."
I wrote "notes" on facebook from time to time. Oh and sometimes I write on cafe mom. I co-own a deaf group there called,"Deaf and hearing impaired moms"