Make sensational sesame-herb chicken with this homemade shake and bake recipe from the 70s

Sesame-herb chicken using homemade shake and bake

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Homemade shake and bake is a quick and easy way to add some flavor and crunch to your main dish. By mixing together a few simple ingredients, you can create a delicious coating that will elevate the taste of your baked chicken and make it a hit with the whole family. 

A quick note: This simple dish from the 70s isn’t the Asian recipe for sesame chicken (for that, you can get a great recipe here). This recipe is more like a copycat Shake ‘n Bake coated chicken — instead of using the box mix, you dredge the chicken in a homemade shake and bake mixture you can whisk up from common pantry ingredients, including Bisquick, herbs, and sesame seeds.

The inspiration: Bisquick’s sesame-herb chicken recipe from 1979, made with homemade shake and bake

When you’ve got Bisquick on the shelf, you simply don’t need another chicken coating mix. Because chicken coated with Bisquick always turns out just the way America likes it — crisp on the outside, tender on the inside.

Bisquick's sesame-herb chicken recipe from 1979 featuring homemade shake and bake
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Sesame-herb chicken using homemade shake and bake

Baked sesame-herb chicken

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2/3 cup Bisquick baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds broiler-fryer chicken, cut up


  1. Heat oven to 425 (F).
  2. Heat butter in oblong pan, 13" by 9" by 2-inches, in oven until melted.
  3. Mix baking mix and seasonings; coat chicken.
  4. Place chicken, skin sides down, in pan.
  5. Bake uncovered 35 minutes.
  6. Turn; bake until done, about 15 minutes longer.


High Altitude Directions (3500 to 6500 feet): Bake uncovered 40 minutes. Turn; bake until done, about 20 minutes longer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 648mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 38g

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