Shake and Air-Fried Chicken
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Breville Test Kitchen

Shake and Air-Fried Chicken

For a few decades shake and bake was an American staple. This updated version is not only air-fried but uses pre-toasted breadcrumbs in the “shaking step” ensuring even color and a crispy coating.
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro Product Details

the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro

+1 more appliance


40 mins total time

10 mins active time


Serves 3-4



  • panko breadcrumbs icon
    2½ cups (5¼ oz) panko breadcrumbs
  • olive oil icon
    ¼ cup (2 fl oz) olive oil
  • whole chicken leg (drumstick and thigh) icon
    3 whole chicken legs (drumstick and thigh)
  • kosher salt icon
    1½ tbsp kosher salt
  • onion powder icon
    1 tsp onion powder
  • dried thyme icon
    1 tbsp dried thyme
  • freshly ground black pepper icon
    Freshly ground black pepper

    to season

  • large egg icon
    1 large egg
  • water icon
    2 tbsp water


  • 1Insert the wire rack into position 4. Set the oven to Bake, Convection, 350°F, for 11 minutes, confirm Rotate Remind and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 2Combine the crumbs and oil and rub together. Spread evenly over the base of the roasting pan and shake the pan to level.
  • 3Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and cook for 11 minutes. When the Rotate Remind signals, stir the crumbs and continue cooking. Meanwhile, prepare the chicken.
  • 4Cut the chicken legs in half through the joint. Place in a large bowl.
  • 5Transfer the crumbs to a bowl to cool. Wipe out the roasting pan. Move the wire rack to position 8 and place the roasting pan on the rack to catch any drips during cooking. Insert the air fry basket into position 3. Adjust the oven to Air Fry, Super Convection, 385°F, for 27 minutes and press Start. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 6Place the crumbs, salt, onion powder, thyme and pepper in a large resealable bag, seal and shake to combine.
  • 7Whisk the egg and the water together. Pour over the chicken and mix well to coat.
  • 8Working in batches, remove the chicken pieces from the bowl shaking off any excess egg mixture and place in the bag. Seal and shake well to coat.
  • 9When the oven signals, place the chicken evenly spaced apart in the basket and cook for 27 minutes.
  • 10The chicken should be golden, crisp and cooked through when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads a minimum of 167°F. If not, cook it a little longer.
    Tip: The size of the chicken drumsticks and thighs can alter the cooking time. For best result, using a probe, test for doneness 3-5 minutes before the end of the cook.
  • 11Serve the crispy chicken with your favorite veggies and salad.
Main course
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