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Versatile Coating Mix

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


4 servings per batch

"This mild blend of spices is good to keep on hand," jots Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "It's so versatile—you can use it to coat chicken, pork or even fish."


  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves


  1. Combine the first 10 ingredients in a bowl; cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or freeze for up to 6 months. Yield: 6 batches (3 cups total).
  2. To prepare chicken: Place 1/2 cup coating mix in shallow bowl or large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken and toss to coat. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear.
Editor's Note: The coating mix may also be used on pork chops or fish fillets.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 228 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 35g protein.

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