This Shake and Bake Chicken Recipe is a gluten free copycat version of the boxed seasoning mix that will help add tons of flavour to your chicken dinner in a flash!
When I was growing up, chicken was an absolute staple for my family. My mom didn’t like fish so that was out, and beef was an expensive Sunday roast indulgence, so chicken was on the table most nights of the week. From chicken nuggets, to strips, to roasts, to pulled sammies, my mom very quickly became a master at cooking poultry, and shake and bake chicken was one of our all-time favourites. So today I’m bringing it back to the main course with my own gluten free Shake and Bake chicken recipe – a fun take on my mom’s hectic weeknight staple.
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Why This Recipe Works
When my sister was told to trial a gluten free diet after months of trialing with various FODMAPs and potential intolerance triggers, that meant that regular boxed shake and bake is now a no-no, and we needed something a little healthier in its place. My Gluten Free Shake and Bake Chicken recipe uses a combination of high fiber gluten free oats (pulsed until they reach a powder) and coconut flour plus a ton of yummy spices. I also love this recipe because it’s:
- Easy to pair with various side dishes
- Family-friendly for all ages
- Ready in 35 minutes or less — perfect for busy nights!
Gluten Free Oats- To keep this recipe 100% gluten-free, it’s important to find certified gluten-free oats! If you’re not gluten-free, regular rolled oats work as well.
Coconut Flour- I used coconut flour in this recipe vs. regular flour to keep it gluten-free. Almond flour is another great gluten-free flour option to test out, though I haven’t personally tried it for this recipe. Also, just like the oats, if you’re not following a gluten-free lifestyle, feel free to use regular flour.
Boneless Chicken Breast- As mentioned above, chicken is one of the cheapest protein options, which is why I love it when trying to prep food for my family during the week. Chicken breasts are packed with 31 grams of protein for only 3.5 ounces!
Spices – The number one key to turning chicken from boring to mouthwatering is a delicious spice combo, and this shake and bake chicken recipe does not cut any corners. So to make this recipe extra flavourful, we combine paprika, brown sugar, poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper.
How To Make This Recipe
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 F & make sure to place a baking sheet into the oven to pre-heat with the oven. In the meantime, mix the shake and bake mixture together in an airtight container.
Step 2: Add the chicken breasts to a resealable bag and add 1/2 cup of the shake and bake mixture. Shake until fully coated.
Step 3: Lay the chicken breasts onto the heated baking sheet and spray the chicken breasts with olive oil in the atomizer.
Step 4: Bake for about 20-30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the breasts), or until a meat thermometer inserted into the centre reaches 165 F.
I like making a huge batch of the gluten free shake and bake mixture and then just pulling out a 1/2 cup portion per pound of meat every time I need to add a little flavour boost to an otherwise monotone meal.
If you don’t have a food processor at home, you can also use a blender to blend the oats to a finer texture.
I personally recommend making a big batch of the shake and bake itself and storing it in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 2 months. That way you can just pull from the container whenever you need it!
This homemade gluten free shake and bake is not only great on chicken, but I love it on pork chops and turkey breast as well!
Something I love about this recipe is that the options are limitless and you can totally customize each meal to your family’s preference. I personally like to pair mine with a side of homemade sweet potato fries and whatever veggie I have on hand.
More Recipes You Might Like
If you’re looking for other family friendly staples to add into your weekly meal rotation like this shake and bake chicken recipe, check out some of these recipes below:
- BEST TUNA MELT RECIPE WITH TOMATO AND AVOCADO
- CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE
- SHEET PAN STIR FRY WITH SHRIMP & VEGGIES
What were your family’s favourite recipes growing up? Do you still make them today? Leave me a comment below!
Copycat Shake and Bake Chicken Recipe (Gluten Free)
Shake and Bake Mix (Makes Extra):
- 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
- Extra virgin olive oil in an atomizer
- Preheat your oven to 400 F. Place a baking sheet into the oven to pre-heat with the oven.
- Mix the shake and bake mixture together in an airtight container.
- Add the chicken breasts to a resealable bag and add 1/2 cup of the shake and bake mixture. Shake until fully coated.
- Lay the chicken breasts onto the heated baking sheet and spray the chicken breasts with olive oil in the atomizer.
- Bake for about 20-30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the breasts), or until a meat thermometer inserted into the centre reaches 165 F.
- Store the shake and bake mixture in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 2 months.
Updated on August 17th, 2023
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.