Chicken With Hidden Valley Ranch Recipe

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This Chicken With Hidden Valley Ranch Recipe is absolutely delicious and my family loved it. I wanted to share it so it can be enjoyed by other families. It’s easy to make and doesn’t take much time at all. This chicken recipe is a must for your weekly meals if you like chicken.

Chicken with Hidden Valley Ranch Sauce is SO delicious. Drenched in a buttery, tangy white sauce, it makes for a wonderful meal – make sure you have this one on repeat!

Hidden Valleyandreg; Crunchy Baked Ranch Chicken

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredient

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4 chicken breast halves

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 packet of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix

3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbsAdd to Shopping List

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the Ranch Dressing Mix. In a second shallow bowl, place the breadcrumbs. Dip each chicken breast in the ranch dressing mixture, removing any excess, and then dip in breadcrumbs. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.;

Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

These oven Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs are what dinner dreams are made of! They are amazingly tender, incredibly juicy, ridiculously delicious, and almost embarrassingly EASY to make. With only 3 ingredients, you can have this easy dinner idea from the fridge, to the oven in a matter of minutes! This bone in chicken thigh recipe is a crowd pleaser, and a kid-friendly dinner perfect for busy families!

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs – The EASY Way!

If you think you can’t make insanely good chicken, this recipe is for you!

Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs may be the recipe with the highest combination of absurdly delicious and crazy easy I have! It seems almost unfair how simple this recipe is, and just how mouthwatering it comes out.

This recipe makes absolutely perfect chicken thighs! They have that perfectly roasted skin that has all the crispy edges. It is packed with flavor, and the meat inside is very, very tender and juicy.

Add in that it takes literal minutes to have this in the oven and cooking and it is super kid friendly, and you have all the components of a perfect family meal!

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • 3 ingredients – nothing fancy, nothing unnecessary… just 3 basic ingredients!
  • Quick prep– Goes from fridge to oven in as little as 5 minutes
  • Kid friendly– kids love this chicken because, not only is the ranch flavor familiar, but it is tender and juicy (not tough, flavorless, and hard to chew)
  • Easy to scale– If you need more or less, you can easily scale up or down with minimal extra effort
  • Forgiving– Since we use bone in chicken thighs, the dark meat stays more tender and juicy even if it is not cooked perfectly.
  • Goes with everything – You can pair these with almost any side dishes you love (or whatever you happen to have in your fridge or pantry) and they will go great!

What to Serve with Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

As mentioned above these Oven Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs go well with a wide variety of side dishes. You can pair it with most anything you love, or have on hand in your kitchen.

I will share a few of our favorite things to pair the chicken with, including both traditional and light and wholesome options too.

SIDE DISH IDEAS

  • Baked Potato Wedges– these are a kid-favorite because they taste and feel like french fries (without the frying!)
  • Mashed Potatoes– You can never go wrong with roasted chicken and creamy delicious garlic mashed potatoes
  • Broccoli Cauliflower Salad– This cold salad can be made ahead, and goes really well with the flavor of the chicken
  • Perfect Roasted Veggies– We make this recipe at least once a week at our house because it is so simple and delicious
  • Squash Casserole– Best southern comfort food!
  • Picnic Pasta Salad– This classic pasta salad is one I love to make a big batch of because it goes great with dinner but then the leftovers can be eaten for lunch through out the week.
  • Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole – If you didn’t use one of the other potatoes, this one is ALWAYS a hit (and it will feed a crowd!)

You can choose one or add a few sides to make a wholesome, well rounded dinner. 

DIPPING SAUCES

When it comes to chicken, our meal is never complete without dipping sauces! These are quick to make and an easy way to make this meal seem like something really special! Added bonus- my kids LOVE anything with dipping sauces 10x more!

  • Buttermilk Ranch – If you have never made homemade ranch dressing, you are missing out on one of the most delicious parts of life!!
  • Honey mustard sauce – Our absolute favorite with chicken!
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce– Easier and more yummy than you expect!

Recipe Notes

This Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs recipe is as simple as promised! Just 3 ingredients for a family friendly meal.

In this section I am going to go through a few tips and tricks I use when making this recipe to get the absolute best and most delicious results.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom for the FULL recipe card.

INGREDIENTS + SUBSTITUTIONS

Ingredient for making ranch baked chicken thighs including bone in chicken thighs, hidden valley ranch seasoning, and olive oil
  • Bone In Chicken Thighs– This recipe is designed to use bone in chicken thighs because it allows the skin to bake to crispy and keeps the meat ultra tender. You can substitute boneless chicken thighs, or chicken breast, but the cooking time will change.
  • Olive oil– I like to use olive oil in this recipe, however you can substitute your preferred cooking oil. Other oils that will work are avocado oil, canola oil, and vegetable oil.
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and Seasoning Mix– This gives us all the flavor! Using Hidden Valley Ranch mix makes this recipe extra easy, but if you prefer you can use my homemade ranch seasoning which has all the great ranch flavor but is dairy free, gluten free, and no fillers or additives.

RECIPE TIPS

  1. Dry the chicken– Although this is probably my least favorite part of cooking, removing the extra moisture from the skin of the chicken will be the difference between average baked chicken, and getting a super delicious crispy skin on the chicken thighs!
  2. Bone in Chicken Thighs– I always get questions on the use of bone in chicken thighs versus boneless chicken thighs. This recipe is designed for a bone in chicken thigh with skin. When you use boneless, you don’t have skin on them and can’t get that crispy outside like you can with the bone in chicken thighs.
    Additionally, any cut of meat cooked with a bone, will generally be more forgiving during the cooking process, staying tender and juicy longer. If you want to use boneless chicken thighs in this recipe, see my note in recipe variations below.
  3. Season to perfection– The ranch seasoning mix provides the seasoning for the chicken. If you plan to eat the chicken with the skin, there is no need to take the optional step of seasoning under the skin as well. I have some in my family who don’t care for the skin, so I like to rub the seasoning under the skin to give those chicken thighs a little extra flavor boost.
  4. Let it rest– After removing from the oven, let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving or cutting into them. This helps the juices to reincorporate into the meat and keeps the chicken thighs ultra juicy!

Recipe Variations

If you love this recipe as much as we do and want some quick ways to change it up for variety, these little tips will do the trick!

  • Ranch Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs– Make recipe as directed, reducing cook time to 15-20 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.
  • Spicy Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs– Make as directed, adding 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to the ranch seasoning, depending on your desired level of spiciness. Continue with recipe as directed.
  • Southwest Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs– Make as directed, adding 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper to the ranch seasoning. Continue with recipe as directed.

Dietary Considerations

If you have special dietary needs, this recipe meets some and can be easily modified to comply with others. 

BAKED RANCH CHICKEN

Change Up Your Baked Chicken Dinner By Making This Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken! Chicken Breasts Seasoned In Hidden Valley Ranch Mix, Garlic Salt, Lemon Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, And Panko.

Dry ranch dressing mix makes a great seasoning for chicken! It’s so simple, yet so flavorful. In fact, we’ve made two other variations of this ranch chicken recipe—a crockpot ranch chicken, and another baked ranch chicken that isn’t breaded.

Baked ranch chicken on a plate with a side of broccoli

DELICIOUS + ONLY 5 MINUTES TO PREP!

I hope you’re not sick of chicken recipes yet, because they’re our favorite! I love Baked Chicken recipes the most because they are healthier than frying and usually take just minutes to put together. This recipe is just that – simple, quick and so delicious.

The breading on the chicken is really light, and it’s only made up of a small handful of ingredients. There aren’t any crazy concoctions of seasonings—just panko, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and the dry Hidden Valley ranch seasoning.

If you didn’t have garlic salt and lemon pepper, you could probably get away with regular salt and pepper, because the ranch is what really carries the flavor! It’s the perfect savory breading to bring out the flavor in the chicken. Even though the ranch chicken was great to eat by itself, I’m thinking I need to chop it up and have it in a salad next time (I’m a sucker for salads with chicken). 😉

HOW TO MAKE BAKED RANCH CHICKEN

This baked ranch chicken recipe really only requires about 5 minutes of prep work before popping it in the oven!

COAT. Put the Panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and Hidden Valley Mix in a bowl and mix until everything is well combined. Melt 2 TB butter and dip chicken breasts in butter and then dip in mixture of crumbs.

BAKE/BROIL. Placed coated chicken breasts in a greased pan. Top with 2 TB melted butter. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. I baked for 40 minutes and then broiled on HIGH for the last 5-7 minutes to brown the panko a bit.

Note: Broiling applies intense and direct heat to the food from the top of the oven, which in this case helps add an extra level of crispness to the breading on the ranch chicken.

Breaded hidden valley ranch chicken breasts ready to be baked

VARIATIONS + SUBSTITUTIONS

Can you make this with bone-in chicken? Using bone-in chicken instead of boneless chicken breasts is an option for sure! Using bone-in chicken allows for more moisture to remain in the meat. The skin and bone act as a protection to the meat.

Bone-in chicken will take a little longer to cook. Make sure to check the thickest part of the meat with a thermometer to check that it has reached 165.

What can you substitute for panko? If you are out of panko breadcrumbs you can use crushed crackers, pretzels, corn flakes, or tortilla chips. Anything with a good crunchy texture will do great as a coating. 

Can you make this on the stovetop? Heat an ⅛-¼ inch of oil in the pan. Follow the directions for coating the chicken and place in the hot pan and make sure that it sizzles when it hits the pan. When the breast is golden, you can flip it over—if it’s getting too brown, turn down the heat; if it’s taking too long, increase the heat. Once they have finished cooking, drain them on a paper towel.

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