For years the delectable photos on the boxes of Shake and Bake would call my name. Make me! Make your legs look all scrumptious like this! Of course I’m talking CHICKEN LEGS, folks. As scrumptious as my own legs might be (read:not so much), I went through boxes and boxes of the super convenient, pretty tasty, never-turn-out-like-the-pics-on-the-box, Shake and Bake. Boxes of it, for real. So one day, I was getting ready to delicious up my chicken thighs, and **GASP** I was OUT! My pantry threw up it’s arms and said no magic breadcrumbs for me. ‘Fine’ I thought. I’ll just make my own. Hence, the birth of learning how to make your own Unique Chicken Breading!
This is the first recipe in a series I’ll be doing over time called Back To Basics, where we go over simple recipes that we maybe made in Home Ec, or used to make but forgot. OR, maybe you’re new to the cooking world and need to know these fundamental skills/recipes. Whatever the case may be, over time I will be posting a collection of easy to do recipes that take us back to square one. And this little guy is #1 on the list.
As part of my frugal nature, looking at my dried out, sad looking baguette, I couldn’t bring my cheap heart to throw it away. It still had value past hitting a home a run with it, right? MY UNIQUE CHICKEN BREADING came to mind. I call it unique because it changes from time to time, but it has basically the same concept. Feel free to switch up the ingredients as it’s pretty versatile – don’t like rosemary? Then switch it italian seasoning, or dried thyme, etc. Don’t have smoked hickory powder? NO WORRIES! Leave it out. I added it because I like the hint of a smokey flavor sometimes if I can’t grill the chicken. Like it spicy? Add some dried chili flakes. Lastly, the coating can be used on more than just chicken, my friends. Porkchops? Yes! Mozza sticks?? YESSS! WATERMELON???? ohhh. noooo… no….. .. not on that one. But you get the idea.
So g’head… shake your booty and get your coating on!
- ¼ C Flour
- 1 Tb Rosemary (or Italian seasoning, whatever you prefer)
- 1 tsp Seasoned salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- ⅛ tsp Hickory smoke powder (Optional)
- 1 tsp Chicken bullion powder
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 C Plain Bread crumbs
- Place the dry bread into a food processor and grind until fine, or simply place bread into a zip lock bag and using a mallet, rolling pin or even the broad side of a hammer, crush the bread into a very fine crumb.
- Add all the seasonings and spices above, and shake well. Store in an air tight container.