Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homemade Ranch Shake 'n Bake

Crushed rice cereal, ranch dressing powder and spices are combined to make a homemade version of Shake 'n Bake.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Homemade Shake 'n Bake- make an old classic at home!

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!

Hun... What's for Dinner? Homemade Shake 'n Bake- make an old classic at home!

Homemade Ranch Shake 'n Bake
makes two batches

Hun... What's for Dinner? Homemade Shake 'n Bake- make an old classic at home!2 C rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
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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Renee Paj said...

I gotta say, these do look perfectly coated. I'll be giving this one a try sometime. I've used cornflakes, but never crispy cereal. I like that idea!

Elizabeth Lund said...

I have never used rice crispy cereal to coat chicken, but this looks yummy!! Thank you for sharing!

Patty Anderson said...

I really love the ingenuity of this recipe!

Antionette Blake said...

Awesome, now I know what to do with the crumbs at the bottom of the box! Stopping by from Katherine's Corner.

Nettie Moore said...

Your chicken looks scrumptious! Nettie

Corina said...

I'd never though to use rice crispies like this. It's a great idea.

Del's cooking twist said...

Your chicken looks incredibly tasty! Love it.

HeiLin (Heidy McCallum) said...

Thank you so much for adding your recipe link at our Grand Opening of #PureBlogLove . Your recipe look delicious! I hope to see you next week at 8 pm EST!
Have a great day

Joanne DiPalo said...

Sounds like this would be a nice and crispy crunch to the chicken. Love it. Thanks for sharing with #FoodieFriendsFriday party this week. Pinning and sharing this weekend.


Erin Thomas said...

These look great- I'm always trying to find new ways to dress up the chicken :) Pinned it.
Found your blog on Full Plate Thursday and started following on Google +.

Katerina said...

I love drumsticks too and I suspect these ones would be a hit in my family! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
What an easy way to make such a delicious chicken. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

jrrmblog said...

These look great, and they are making me hungry! Thanks for sharing this great idea. I'm visiting from Friday Frenzy.

Diane Balch said...

We always had shake n bake chicken when I was a kid. Your recipe looks tastier and healthier. Pinned. Thanks for coming to Weekend Bites ( formally Foodie Friday.)

Dina@KitchenDreaming said...

Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!