Years ago, we had dinner at a friend’s home. She served us Ranch Chicken. It was absolutely mouth-watering and amazing. I had to have that recipe. Luckily, she gladly handed it over. This is a dish I have prepared many, many times over the years. I have tweaked the recipe a bit and made it my own. Many of my family members are now cooking this dish as well and enjoying it on a regular basis.
Since this is such a delectable dish, I thought I would share it with you all as well. After all, it seems kind of wrong to keep something so yummy all to myself!
I apologize for the lighting in the pictures. It was late, and my kitchen just has bad lighting anyhow!
Ingredients & Supplies
- 1 Packet of Ranch Dressing Mix– we like Hidden Valley (ranch dip mix will not work– trust me!)
- I tube of Ritz Crackers
- Half Stick of Butter
- 1 lb. – 1 1/2 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken breast
- Gallon Size Ziploc Bag
- Glass Baking Dish
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- small bowl
- Cutting Board
1. Pre-heat oven to 360 degrees. Go ahead and spray your baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Melt your butter in the small bowl. I usually just stick it in the microwave covered for about 30 seconds.
3. Add Ritz crackers and packet of ranch dressing mix to the gallon ziploc bag. Zip shut and crush the crakers and ranch mix together with your hands. Crush as finely as possible– the less big chunks the better.
4. Now, time to prepare the chicken. Cut each chicken breast into approximately thirds. Remove any skin or fat that happens to be on it.
5. Time to get messy! Dip each piece of chicken in the butter, then toss it in the bag. Holding the bag shut, shake it well. Your chicken should now be covered in the Ritz/ Ranch mix. You can place it in the baking dish.
6. repeat step 5 with each remaining piece of chicken.
7. When you are finished, you should have some leftover ranch and Ritz mix in the bag. I like to sprinkle this over the chicken. This mixture, which becomes the crust, is my FAVORITE part. I want to have as much of it as possible!
8. Bake the chicken for 35- 40 minutes. It all depends on the thickness of the chicken and the calibration of your oven.
9. Remove and enjoy!
I like to eat this dish with either rice or potatoes. I use a spoon to scoop out the extra mix around the chicken (again, I really love it!) and add it to my potatoes or rice for an extra kick.
We have also been known to cook this recipe and cut our chicken into bite size pieces. We’ll then add it to a salad and have ranch chicken salad. Delicious!
Let me know if you try this. I would love to hear your thoughts on one of my favorite meals!