Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs — Better Than Shake ‘N Bake (Secret Recipe Club)

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 27, 2014

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How many times a month do you eat chicken?

A lot, right? So if you’re like me, you’re always looking for a new way to make it.

Confession: Back in the day (and we’re talkin’ way, waay, waaay back), I used to use Shake ‘N Bake to change up my chicken drumsticks. But these days, who needs all those additives and odd ingredients? We don’t need to add anything to keep it “shelf stable” or “non-caking.”

We can make it ourselves, simply and with a few spices from the pantry and some panko, a Japanese bread crumb that is super crunchy. These days I prefer bone-in, skin-on thighs – in my not-so-humble opinion, the finest part o’ the bird.

Easy peasy chicken squeezy.

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Recipe: Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs — Better Than Shake ‘N Bake

Summary: Herby, perfectly seasoned, with a crispy crust, these chicken thighs are BETTER than the box.


  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Black pepper
  • 4 meaty chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on) (this is about 1 ¾ pounds)
  • Kosher salt


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly mist an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small plastic or glass container, place the panko, Parmesan, poultry seasoning, garlic, onion, chili and mustard powders, oregano, paprika and a few grind of black pepper. Put the lid on and shake to combine. Pour mixture out into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate.
  3. Using a kitchen shears, trim any excess fat globs off the pieces, and trim any excess top skin if it hangs over the edge of the piece. You do want the skin left on the chicken, though. Sprinkle each piece of chicken with a pinch of kosher salt.Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com
  4. One by one, press a piece of chicken into the coating, starting with the back side, and then flipping it over to the front side. You want a heavy coating. Place each piece, as it is done being coated, in the prepared baking dish. If there is coating left over after all are done, sprinkle it evenly over the pieces, piling it onto the top of each piece.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. The coating will get brown, but won’t burn. Serve immediately.Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com
  6. Serves 4.

Recipe source

Adapted from this one at Bklyn Locavore.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Diet tags: High protein
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Today’s inspiration came from the delightful food blog Bklyn Locavore, penned by Melissa, a marketing pro from Brooklyn, New York, who is trying to eat as locally as possible. She’ll choose local over factory-farmed organic, any day – a strategy I share.

I was assigned her blog this month as part of Secret Recipe Club, and seriously considered her Curried Butternut Squash Risotto for a Meatless Monday, or her White Bean and Kale Casserole  because sheesh that sounds good to me, or her decadent Philly-Style Strawberry Rosemary Ice Cream. I just got my ice cream maker out of the closet, so don’t even tempt me!Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com

But I needed dinner NOW, and chicken it was, so I nabbed her recipe for Shake ‘N Bake, threw open my panty to see what herbs and spices I had, and went to town. Good choice! Everyone loved it, and you can tweak this one as you like to fit your own likes and herb availability.

Thanks for a fun dinner and some good reading this month, Melissa!

Meanwhile, browse the photo array below to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara May 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Yum, this looks delicious! Great pick!


JJ - 84thand3rd May 3, 2014 at 6:43 am

I love recipe makeovers! Perfect SRC pick 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold May 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thanks JJ!


Christy May 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

I’ve not heard Shake N Bake in years! Sous Chef loves chicken and could eat it nightly – I’ll give this a try to shake things up a bit!


Dorothy Reinhold May 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

I know! I had to pull that out of the wayback machine!


Couscous & Consciousness April 30, 2014 at 1:50 am

That is great looking chicken. I love using panko breadcrumbs, and this coating sounds way better than anything that comes out of a packet.


Dorothy Reinhold April 30, 2014 at 11:11 am



Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories April 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

This looks so good Dorothy! I remember Shake n Bake. What a memory! xo


Dorothy Reinhold April 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I distinctly remember using it in college and thinking I was a real cook!


Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines April 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I love chicken and we eat it often. I am always on the look out for chicken recipes and this one looks like a keeper. I also used Shake n Bake, waaaay back when:) Great SRC pick


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Yep, back in the day, we probably thought we were all fancy making Shake N Bake!


Melissa April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I love this! An updated version of the Shake N Bake of my childhood! Great pick this month 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Yes, and waaaaay better!


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I definitely believe that this would be better than store-bought shake and bake.


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

It is, and I’ll admit that isn’t saying much, but this takes it light years beyond!


Sarah E. April 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Yum! I love crusted/breaded chicken – it’s so good 🙂 Happy Reveal Day!


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I like it better than fried chicken!


bakingaddict April 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! Coincidentally I was just planning to cook a baked chicken this week and I think this is the one to try.Great SRC pick!


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Baking Addict,
YES, yes, yes!


Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies April 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Love that this is a homemade version of Shake n Bake..so much more healthy. Great SRC pick!


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Thanks you! Yep, no need for weird ingredients. Simple carries the day.


jessfuel April 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

I love finding new chicken recipes… we definitely make it ALL THE TIME! This one looks crunchy and delicious!


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Exactly. We are all ALWAYS searching for new ways to make the bird, eh?


Rebekah @ Making Miracles April 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

Yumm!! Crispy baked chicken sounds wonderful, great pick this month!


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Rebekah!


Sally Newton April 28, 2014 at 6:33 am

My kind of recipe! Yes, we eat chicken A LOT, and yes, I am always searching for interesting new ways to prepare it.

I am pinning your post, dear!

Happy Reveal Day!


Dorothy Reinhold April 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I made this twice in one week. It was a chicken fest around my house!


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