Sunday, September 11, 2011

El Diablo SHAKE N' BAKE!

El Diablo Shake N' Bake

We're in the home stretch for our Movie Mania Menu week, and by now you've all guessed that I love Will Farrell movies.  Today we're paying tribute to Talladega Nights, Will's nod to NASCAR and the drivers that are "livin' the dream!"

Ricky Bobby (Will Farrell) and Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly) are best friends in this movie, and have always referred to themselves as "Shake N' Bake," a duo that just can't be separated...until money, fame and women get in the way.  At the end, they make amends and become El Diablo and Magic Man, the new and improved inseperable duo.  Let's take a look:

For today's recipe, you've already seen my Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders, but these today are done El Diablo Shake N' Bake style!  These are perfect for our first football Sunday!  It turns out that throwing the bread crumbs in a big plastic bag is WAY faster and easier than dredging each individual chicken piece through the crumbs by themselves.  It's way more fun too!  These also ended up with some great color from the spices I sprinkled on top and gave them a little heat.  Kinda like a fightin' chicken...with the claws...and the beak.  Enjoy!

El Diablo Shake N' Bake

El Diablo Shake N' Bake
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz. package panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

  1. Slice the chicken breasts lengthwise into thirds.  Pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Create your breading stations: 1) Spread the flour onto a plate; 2) Pour the eggs onto a second plate; 3) Pour the bread crumbs into a large, plastic, sealable bag.
  3. Cover each chicken piece in the flour and shake off the excess.
  4. Take four of the chicken pieces, coat them in the egg mixture, and then place them into the plastic bag with the bread crumbs.  Seal the bag and Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds, until the chicken pieces are coated with the bread crumbs.
  5. Arrange the chicken pieces in a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the rest of the chicken pieces.
  7. Spray both sides of the breaded chicken pieces well with cooking spray.
  8. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper.
  9. Place in the oven N' Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, until the chicken tenders are crispy and cooked through. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
El Diablo Shake N' Bake

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