Crushed rice cereal, ranch dressing powder and spices are combined to make a homemade version of Shake 'n Bake.
Growing up, my Mom would always jazz up our chicken drumsticks, or pork chops by coating them with crushed cereal. Sometimes she would use Rice Krispies, other times it would be Corn Flakes. No matter what kind she used, our the chicken, or pork she served always had a wonderful crispy crust. That was her version of Shake 'n Bake, since my Dad isn't big on spices. One of my favourites, still to this day, is when Mom makes Partridge Fingers. I just love the crispy, slightly sweet breading.
My kids are crazy about chicken drumsticks, so I buy them often. The are less expensive than the breast, so I am glad my kids love dark meat cuts of chicken. I usually just roast them in the oven with some potatoes, but this time I was in the mood for a crispy breaded crust. I never buy Shake 'n Bake, so I thought I would make my own, just like Mom use to do.
When we were visiting my Mother in Law, this past summer, she had made pork steaks, using a ranch flavoured Shake 'n Bake. Since I had part of an opened packet of ranch dressing powder, I decided to use it in my crushed cereal. I added a few more spices and the breading smelled fabulous. Mr B was the first to taste the chicken at dinner that night, and raved about how delicious it was. Even Queenie, my super picky eater, LOVED this chicken. She usually turns her nose up at anything new Mommy tries to make. The breading was slightly sweet, tangy and full of awesome ranch flavours. The chicken was super tender, with wonderful crispy skin. I can not wait to try this breading with pork chops next!
Homemade Ranch Shake 'n Bake
makes two batches
2 Tbs ranch dressing powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 C butter, melted
6-8 chicken drumsticks
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
Place rice cereal in a large zip top bag, close securely and crush to fine crumbs, using a rolling pin. Add in the ranch dressing powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper; shaking to combine. Pour half the mixture into a shallow dish. Save remaining mixture for another meal.
Take a chicken drumstick and dip it into the melted butter. Coat drumstick with cereal mixture, until generously coated, and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken drumsticks. Drizzle any remaining butter onto the chicken before baking. Discard any remaining breading used to coat the chicken.
Bake chicken drumsticks, for 25-30 minutes; until the internal temperature reads 168 degrees F. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.\
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