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Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken

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Shake and Bake chicken is a comfort food dinner that many of us remember from our childhood. By using my recipe for homemade Shake n Bake mix, you can easily make a batch of baked panko chicken tenders for dinner tonight that are healthier and more delicious than using the store bought mix!

To save even more time, you can make crispy Shake and Bake chicken in an air fryer instead of the oven!

Keep reading to learn how to make this easy baked chicken recipe for perfectly crispy, beautifully seasoned, baked panko chicken tenders, ready to eat in 25 minutes or less!

Pieces of crispy Shake and Bake chicken on parchment paper with bowl of green veggies and a yellow cloth in the background.
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Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken

Homemade seasonings and spice blends make for the best meals. Because you can control the quality of ingredients that go into them, they are usually healthier and tastier than store-bought ones.

For example, making Shake n Bake chicken from scratch ensures that there are no preservatives like MSG or other unhealthy additives.

Making your own chicken seasoning mix is very easy, and only takes a few minutes.

Crispy baked panko chicken tenders on parchment lined baking pan.

Mixing up this recipe is just as easy as using the store-bought mix. Simply mix the spices and panko, then cook up crispy chicken tenders in the oven or air fryer. Then you have a delicious, juicy meal the whole family will love!

Shake N Bake Chicken Recipe Video

To see the process of breading and baking the boneless chicken pieces from start to finish, scroll down to the recipe card and watch the video!

You may also enjoy other chicken tenderloin recipes, including Nashville chicken tenders, Caprese chicken, and chicken and asparagus bake!

Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Boneless chicken– For the best results, use fresh chicken tenderloins.

    I do not recommend using frozen chicken for this baked panko chicken tenders recipe because moisture from the thawing chicken causes the breading to fall off.

    If you have frozen chicken tenders, you could use them for no-breading chicken recipes like Instant Pot chicken tenders, Blackened chicken tenders, or baked chicken tenderloins.
  • Melted butter– If you need a butter substitute, any type of liquid fat such as olive oil can be used. Brushing it over the raw chicken tenderloins allows the Shake and Bake mixture to adhere.
  • Panko crumbs – Use panko for the crispiest Shake n Bake chicken. Regular bread crumbs can be used, but your baked chicken tenderloins won’t be as crispy.
  • Seasonings – For the best flavor chicken, we use a simple but flavorful blend of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, fine sea salt, and ground black pepper.

Want to make Shake n Bake chicken legs, or use other bone-in chicken?

Baked chicken tenders take less time to cook than bone-in chicken, but you can certainly use other chicken parts!
Just be sure to use an instant-read cooking thermometer to be sure that the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. before removing it from the oven.

ingredients for shake and bake chicken recipe - melted butter, plate of dried spices, and platter of chicken tenderloins with basting brush and measuring spoon on the side.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Casserole dish or Baking sheetfor baking the shake and bake chicken tenders
  • Basting brushto coat the chicken with melted butter or oil
  • Plate or wax paperfor the chicken when adding butter or oil
  • Ziploc bag, plate, or dipping tray – for shaking or coating the seasonings
  • air fryerif air frying

How to Make Shake and Bake Chicken Tenders

  1. Prepare the chicken tenderloins.

Start by using a sharp knife to remove any visible fat from the chicken tenderloins.
Then, place the chicken on a plate or a sheet of wax paper. Use a basting brush to apply melted butter or oil on all sides of the pieces.

basting melted butter to the chicken tenderloins on a casserole
  1. Make the Shake and Bake chicken mixture.

Add the panko breadcrumbs and seasonings to a zip-top food storage bag, a dipping tray, or a plate. Then stir or shake to combine them.

  1. Coat the chicken tenderloins.

If you’re going to shake and bake (versus using a plate), only place 4 chicken strips in the bag at a time. This ensures that every tender gets covered with breading.

  1. Close and seal the bag, then shake to coat the tenders with the Shake and Bake chicken seasonings. Then, repeat with the rest of the chicken pieces.
seasonings and chicken tenderloins mixed inside of a ziploc bag

If using a breading tray or plate, spread the Shake ‘n Bake chicken seasoning mix into an even layer. Then, simply lay the chicken tenderloins into the mixture and gently press to help the mixture adhere.

BAKING Panko CHICKEN Tenders IN OVEN

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. While the oven is heating, spray a shallow casserole dish or baking sheet with cooking spray or oil spray.
  1. Place the panko breaded chicken tenderloins on the prepared casserole pan or a baking sheet. Be sure to leave some space between each piece so air can circulate around them.

    That hot air is important to achieve the crispiest Shake and Bake chicken!
large pieces of breaded poultry on baking sheet

If desired, add fresh or frozen green beans, asparagus, sliced bell pepper, or broccoli. Use softer veggies (not potatoes) otherwise they will not cook through.

Bake chicken tenders at 375ºF for 15 to 17 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of 165ºF in the center.

Shake and bake chicken pieces on top of parchment paper lined baking tray

How to Make Shake and Bake chicken in Air Fryer

  1. To make Shake n Bake chicken in an air fryer, preheat the air fryer to 350° Fahrenheit. To help prevent the tenderloins from sticking, spray the fryer basket, or use a paper liner.
chicken tenders coated with seasonings on a casserole with tongs at the side

Add the chicken tenderloins to the air fryer basket. Then air fry the chicken breast tenderloins at 350°F. for 10-12 minutes.

Check that the internal temperature of the tenders reaches 165ºF with a meat thermometer before serving.

cooked shake and bake chicken tenders on top of a parchment paper placed in a casserole with a tong holding a piece of crispy chicken tenderloin with a bowl of vegetable and yellow cloth in the background

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get the shake and bake to stick to the chicken?

To help the Shake n Bake mixture stick to chicken, coat the tenderloins in melted butter or oil. Then shake them in a Ziploc bag to coat them with the seasonings. Or, dip them in the seasonings. Then gently press to make sure they are coated.

How long to bake chicken tenders at 375?

You should bake the chicken tenderloins at 375ºF for 15 minutes to 17 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 165ºF in the center before it is removed from the oven.

Can you bake frozen chicken?

I do not recommend baking chicken from frozen for a breaded chicken recipe. As the chicken thaws in the oven, the moisture will cause the panko breading to fall off.

How do you make shake and bake crispy?

Using panko breadcrumbs creates a crispier coating. This is because panko breadcrumbs are larger and flakier than the breadcrumbs used in a traditional Shake n Bake mix.

Serving and Storing Shake and Bake Chicken

Serve your homemade baked chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauces and side dishes. We love having Garlic mashed potatoes, griddle roasted veggies, or cowboy salad.

Popular dipping sauces for crispy chicken tenders are ranch, BBQ, mango sweet chili sauce, zesty marinara sauce or honey mustard.

Cooked chicken strips can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. To freeze, seal them in an airtight bag or storage container and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

shake and bake chicken tenders placed on a parchment paper on top of a wood serving plate
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Perfect Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken

Learn how to bake juicy, extra crispy, breaded Shake and Bake chicken in the oven or air fryer for panko chicken tenders in 25 minutes!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken, 30 minute meals, chicken tenders, chicken tenderloins, chicken recipes, chicken strips, chicken tenders recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 177kcal

Equipment

  • casserole dish or baking sheet (if oven baking)
  • basting brush
  • Ziplock bag, plates, or dipping trays
  • air fryer (if air frying)

Ingredients

  • pounds chicken tenderloins (fresh or frozen) *for frozen, see notes below*
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

Prepare the chicken tenderloins

  • Place the chicken tenderloins on a plate or a sheet of wax paper. Brush the melted butter or oil on to the chicken strips. Coat them all over.
  • Add panko or breadcrumbs and seasonings to a ziplock bag, dipping tray, or plate and stir or shake to mix. Place about 4 chicken strips to the bag (don't crowd them) and shake them to coat the chicken with the Shake and Bake seasonings and panko. Or dip the chicken tenders into the seasoning mix on a plate or dipping tray. Press gently if needed for coating to stick.
  • Or dip the chicken tenders into the seasoning mix on a plate or dipping tray. Press gently if needed for coating to stick.

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Prepare the shallow casserole dish or baking sheet by spraying it with cooking oil.
  • Place coated chicken tenderloins on the prepared casserole pan or a baking sheet. Add fresh or frozen green beans, asparagus, sliced bell pepper, or broccoli, if desired.
  • Bake at 375ºF for 15- 17 minutes, until golden and crisp. Check the chicken tenders internal temperature to see if they are at least 165ºF in the center. Remove from the oven.
  • Serve the chicken tenders warm with your favorite dipping sauces.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350ºF, if needed.
  • Add the breaded chicken tenders to the air fryer basket. Air fry them for 10-12 minutes, until golden and crisp. Check the internal temperature of the chicken strips to ensure they are 165º internally before serving. 
  • Serve the chicken tenders warm with your favorite dipping sauces.

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Notes

For best results, thaw your frozen chicken tenderloins before baking. They thaw quickly and your panko breading will stay on better while baking with thawed chicken. If you use frozen chicken tenderloins without thawing, add 3 minutes baking time. 
To store leftovers: add cooked and cooled chicken strips inside a sealed container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
To freeze, seal in an airtight bag or storage container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months
*Nutritional facts are based on using olive oil*

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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