Extra crunchy, crispy un-Fried Chicken. Homemade "shake-n-bake" mixture coats chicken and creates the southern fried chicken texture we all know and love.
Fried chicken is a staple in the south. In fact, most often it is referred to as "Southern Fried Chicken." It typically consists of pieces of chicken that are battered using a flour mixture. Once battered, the chicken is deep fried in oil or shortening.
The batter and frying method is what gives it the crunchy texture on the outside, and juicy tender chicken on the inside.
The DOWNFALL to traditional fried chicken is the fact that it's simply not good for you. The oils and shortenings that are used to fry the chicken can lead to a plethora of health conditions down the road.
Now granted, everything in moderation; but, if you have the option to have the same exact texture and taste as traditional fried chicken, but without the health risks, why wouldn't you go for it!? This recipe definitely delivers in the flavor department, and the chicken is seriously SO crispy on the outside.
My family would not have known that I baked it if I didn't tell them! The un-Fried chicken is super moist on the inside, and has a super crunchy texture on the outside.
The "shake-n-bake" mixture that is used gives the chicken that fried-like texture. Even better though, the "shake-n-bake" recipe that's listed below can be used for pretty much anything you decide to coat it with!
Pork chops, fish, vegetables, you name it. Make a little extra to store and use at another time, or make it as you go. Either way, this is sure to be a lifesaver when you're looking for a quick weeknight meal that's sure to please the family!
- 10 Chicken legs, can use any cut of chicken
- 2 cups Homemade "shake-n-bake mix, recipe below
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Milk
Seasoning (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
Homemade "Shake-n-bake" mix
- 2 cups Bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoon Dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix eggs and milk in a large bowl. Combine all seasoning and season cleaned chicken until the mixture is gone.
- Place chicken in the bowl with milk/egg mixture and coat thoroughly.
- Mix all "shake-n-bake" ingredients in the gallon ziploc bag. Spray broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place 2-3 pieces of chicken in bag, zip it, and shake to coat evenly. Place coated chicken on broiler pan. Repeat until all chicken is coated thoroughly. Discard any remaining "shake-n-bake" mix that is left in the bag.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, take it out of the oven, turn each piece of chicken and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Make a bigger batch of "shake-n-bake" mix and store in an airtight container or mason jar to use later. DO NOT reserve any mixture that the raw chicken was coated with.
If you do not have a broiler pan, any baking sheet will work.
Any cut of chicken will work with the mix- adjust cooking time accordingly