Homemade Shake & Bake Mix

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It’s been almost 50 years since the clever folks at Kraft Foods first introduced us to Shake ‘n Bake.  Shake ‘n Bake was created as a healthier way to have a tasty crumb coating on chicken that eliminated greasy deep frying.  They even used slogans like “Why Fry?  Shake and Bake!” 

I’ve used Shake ‘n Bake on chicken several times over the years too and the meat always turns out moist and juicy. But the good news is that you can save money by making your own  shake & bake mix and get the same moist and tasty results!

Homemade Shake & Bake Mix

How to make a copycat Shake & Bake Recipe

The recipe I’m sharing here is my adaption from one I found in the book Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur who has made himself into quite an expert at creating copycat recipes. I’ve added a little more paprika for flavor and omitted the sugar in the recipe as I saw no need for any extra added sugar.

To make homemade Shake & Bake, you’ll begin by turning some cornflakes into crumbs in your food processor and then adding some flour and spices. Once you have your mixture all stirred together, it’s time to shake!

How to use homemade shake 'n bake

Put your copycat shake ‘N bake mixture into a large ziploc bag. Moisten your pieces of chicken with water and then put one or two pieces in the bag (depending on the size of your chicken pieces) and shake until the chicken is well coated with the crumbs.  The chicken then gets placed on a foil lined baking sheet to bake in the oven.

Copycat Shake & Bake Recipe

This recipe makes about ¾ cup of DIY shake & bake crumbs which is enough to coat 3 or 4 larger chicken breasts or several of the smaller chicken pieces. I’m sure you could double or triple this recipe too and keep it on hand as a larger pantry mix for a quick and frugal dinner time helper.

Even though I’m trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet, there are times when my other family members still like a chicken dinner and they always enjoy this version.  I think you’ll enjoy making your own shake & bake too!

Note: This post was originally published in August, 2012 and was updated August, 2020.

Homemade Shake & Bake Mix

There's no need to buy the expensive boxes of Shake 'N Bake when you can make your own quick and frugal copycat version using a base of cornflake crumbs with your own spices.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Homemade Mix
Author: Beverly


  • 2 cups Cornflakes (or enough to make 1/2 cup of crumbs)
  • 2 tsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder


  • Place the cornflakes in a food processor and process until they are crumbs. You should end up with about a 1/2 cup of cornflake crumbs.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients. This can either be done in the food processor, or the remaining ingredients can be stirred into the crumbs by hand.
  • To use, put your crumb mixture in a bag (I use a large ziploc bag). Moisten chicken pieces with water. Put one or two chicken pieces at a time into the bake and shake to coat with the crumb mixture. Place the coated chicken pieces on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees. Larger pieces will take about 30 to 40 minutes, and smaller pieces will take 20 to 30 minutes.


This recipes makes about 3/4 cup of crumb mixture. This will be enough to coat 3 or 4 larger chicken breasts, or several smaller chicken pieces.
This recipe can also be doubled or tripled and used as a make-ahead pantry mix for a quick dinner time helper.

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  1. I always love shake and bake but my favorite one was shake and bake Bbq. How about a copycat of that one ?

    1. No, I did not find it to be extra crunchy. If you have the cornflakes ground well in the food processor, you’ll have a fine enough texture for your mixture that it should not be too crunchy.

  2. I don’t know why people think because they’re on the Internet they get a pass for being snarky or mean. The more negative energy that is released into the Universe, the more chance there is of it landing back on on you. Keep it to yourself, please.

    There are certified organic( No GMOs) corn flakes at almost any market, anymore. And, of course, you may increase the amount of seasonings if you feel you need to.

    Kudos to you for not snarking back, Beverly!

    1. 🙂 Yup, it’s possible to share differing opinions in positive ways. Thanks for your kind comment.

        1. To Karl J Wilder, whatever is posted on the website or elsewhere are suggestions. Nobody is forcing anybody to read it, much more make it or do it. If you have nothing nice to say then don’t say or post it at all. To Beverly, it’s always refreshing to see that people are willing to share and teach their expertise. Thank you for your clever ideas. Most importantly, thank you for always using kind words. Human beings need people like you.

  3. I found your site this morning, I don’t even remember what search got me here! Your recipes for baking mixes are invaluable to me! My youngest was recently diagnosed with fructose malabsorption, which mean she can’t eat anything with fructose in it, including wheat. As a huge fan of pre-made mixes, I was totally excited to find your recipes. All I have to do if convert the flour to gluten free flours and wham! my own mixes. Thank you!!

    1. So glad you’re finding the recipes helpful! It’s certainly one of the benefits of making your own things that you have much more control over the ingredients. When you have a food sensitivity or allergy, you really need to be watchful and homemade recipes are often the answer.