San Francisco Chicken Sheet Pan Supper - Carolina Country

San Francisco Chicken Sheet Pan Supper A Recreation of a K&W Cafeteria Classic

3.7/5 rating (90 votes)
San Francisco Chicken Sheet Pan Supper

Folks around North Carolina have been enjoying K&W Cafeterias since 1937. Some of us grew up going there with our grandparents. One of their most popular menu items is their San Francisco Chicken. We’ve created our own version and turned it into a quick and crowd-pleasing sheet pan supper.


  • 1 20-ounce package frozen shredded hash browns
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Butter pan spray
  • Paprika, for dusting
  • 1½ pounds chicken tenders
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups pork rinds, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large heads broccoli, cut in bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup oil (canola, olive or other)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar jack cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Ranch dressing (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. In medium mixing bowl, combine hash browns, 2 eggs (lightly beaten), dressing mix and butter. Toss to combine.

  3. Spray large sheet pan. Mound mixture down center of pan. Lightly dust with paprika.

  4. Pat chicken tenders dry with paper towels. Whisk milk into remaining egg. Put pork skin crumbs into a bowl and stir in garlic powder, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Dip tenders in egg wash, then coat with crumbs. Place alongside potatoes. Scatter any remaining crumbs over tenders. Bake for 15 minutes.

  5. Toss broccoli with preferred oil to moisten and scatter over pan. Bake an additional 15 minutes.

  6. Remove from oven and top with cheese and bacon. Serve immediately. (Drizzle with Ranch dressing if desired.)

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry is a culinary adventurist specializing in N.C.-made food products and small N.C. farms.

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  • This recipe isn't for K&W's San Francisco chicken. The cafeteria's recipe was on a bed of rice pilaf.

    George |
    September 05, 2023 |

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