After experimenting with my own Copy Cat – Shake and Bake recipes, I finally came up a winner using some spicy Piri Piri sauce to give it a Portuguese kick! It’s very simple to make using most items you probably already have in your pantry.
I’ve made this recipe many times and it’s one of those recipes that you’ll keep going making again and again. It’s a perfect pot lock take along dish for your next picnic, since the chicken tastes great cold too! I made a batch of the coating which was enough for about 18 pieces of chicken. It left me with a left over so I placed it in a jar for the next time and stored it in the refrigerator.
I served the chicken with my Beet, Mandarin Orange, and Apple Salad. It’s a perfect summer dish!
Beet, Mandarin Orange, and Apple Salad
4 cups garden salad mix
1/2 cup pickled beets (sliced)
1/2 cup mandarin orange segments
1 small apple (chopped)
1/4 small red onion (sliced thin)
12 – 18 pieces of chicken legs or thighs
Baking Mix ingredients:
2 and 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon piri piri hot sauce (or use any hot sauce)
1/4 cup white wine
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place chicken in a large bowl. Season with a little salt and splash with the wine. Mix and let sit to room temperature to marinade.
Mix the oil with the piri piri in a small bowl. Place all coating mix all dry ingredients in a plastic zip lock bag. Add the oil. Shake bag thoroughly and mix with you fingers outside the bag incorporating the mix until crumbly.
Spray a large sheet pan or 2 with cooking spray.
When chicken is ready, place 2 pieces at a time into the bag with mix and shake to coat chicken. Shake of excess coating and arrange on pans. Spray chicken with cooking spray. This will create a crispy crust.
Cook at 400 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes. Not need to turn chicken. it will come out crispy and golden brown.
Note that every oven cook temperature various. You may need to cook longer.
You can use the coating mix on boneless chicken or pork but the cooking time will be 20-25 minutes.