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Homemade "Shake 'n Bake" Meat Coating Mixture

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


Save money with your own cheap homemade coating mix for chicken, pork, and other meats, much like the packaged, store-bought 'shake 'n bake' varieties. | Photo credit:
Save money with your own cheap homemade coating mix for chicken, pork, and other meats, much like the packaged, store-bought 'shake 'n bake' varieties. | Photo credit:

This inexpensive facsimile mix of the national brand for coating meat pieces isn't exact, but it's VERY close. And, it makes the meat taste delicious — well worth the time to make it yourself for the food budget savings it gives you.

Check your local dollar stores for the dry bread crumbs, or make them yourself to save even more money.


Homemade "Shake 'n Bake" Recipe

Mixture Ingredients:


Additional Ingredients:


In a large, resealable plastic bag, combine all the ingredients. Seal the bag and shake all the ingredients together.

Coat or soak chicken pieces or pork chops with milk or beaten egg, then drop each piece of chicken or pork, one by one, into the plastic bag with the coating mix. Seal the bag and shake until the piece is coated with the dry mixture. Put each coated piece of meat aside until all are coated.

Bake in a baking pan in the oven at 375 deg. F for 40 minutes, or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Check meat halfway through cooking. If there are spots of coating mixture that are still crumbly or dry, ladle with a spoon some of the meat drippings from the baking dish onto the dry sections.

Because the meat coating mixture has been tainted by the raw meat, discard any leftover mix.

Makes 4.5 cups of coating mixture



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