Making your own coating mix for chicken or pork is so easy and tastes so much better plus you avoid all the un-necessary chemicals added to store bought “shake n bake”. I made enough to fill an empty breadcrumb container and I keep it in the freezer since we don’t eat meat that often.
Speaking of breadcrumbs I am also now making my own from the bread ends that we always have, I just keep putting them in a freezer bag until I have enough then, process them down to crumbs, season them and bake them in the oven for a bit but more about that later…..
DIY Coating Mix
3 sleeves of store brand ritz-type crackers
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp sage or poultry seasoning
2 tsp paprika
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
You can put everything in a food processor and pulse until you have large crumbs or the low-tech method I used was to put all the ingredients in a gallon size freezer bag and use a meat mallet to crush everything together then shook it until well mixed. This is also good for getting out all or at least some of your frustration from your day!
When I made the chicken in the picture I dragged the pieces through an egg wash first, (1 egg and a little water beaten together) and then dunked them in the coating mix. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes and this is what you have: