Chicken With Ranch Dressing

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I just absolutely love my chicken with ranch dressing. I could eat it every day, but that would get boring pretty fast right? This week I went out and found some of the most delicious recipes for Baked Ranch Chicken Breasts and they each look so good I may have to try more than one this week!

I love this easy Ranch Chicken recipes. They’re easy to make, and you can add as many different spices and seasonings as you’d like. Ranch Chicken is great served with veggies, over rice, or even eaten alone! Is ranch really healthy? I know a lot of people who eat ranch with every meal, so they must be doing something right. Is there any harm in eating this creamy salad dressing with every meal?

Chicken With Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing-Glazed Chicken
  • Prep: 25 Min
  • Total: 25 Min
  • Ingredients: 6
  • Servings: 8

Grilled chicken breasts are topped with Parmesan cheese mixed with ranch dressing to make a light and delicious entree.

Ingredients

  • 1/2cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4cup mayonnaise
  • 3tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 8frozen chicken breasts (4 1/2 to 5 oz each)
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • Chopped fresh chives, if desired

Steps

  • 1Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix cheese, mayonnaise and dressing; set aside. Spray or brush frozen chicken breasts with cooking spray or oil.
  • 2When grill is heated, place chicken on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill over medium coals. Cover grill; cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (170°F).
  • 3Spoon and spread 2 tablespoons cheese mixture over entire top of each chicken breast; cook covered 3 minutes longer or until topping is light golden brown and slightly puffy. Sprinkle with chives before serving.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • Tip 1 – For a more casual meal, serve these tasty grilled chicken breasts on toasted sandwich buns topped with lettuce and tomatoes.

Baked Ranch Chicken Breasts

Baked Ranch Chicken is a family favorite Chicken Breast Recipe! With only five ingredients, it’s very simple, but packed with so much flavor! It’s so crispy on the outside (crunchy crust anyone?) and tender and juicy on the inside! You will love the convenience of baked boneless chicken breasts during busy weeknights.

Baked Ranch Chicken Breasts

Your baked chicken breasts will come out juicy and tender every single time covered in the amazing ranch dressing. Ranch Chicken has never tasted better! Melt in your mouth to leave you wanting more. I usually bake the chicken breasts and then add veggies or pasta on a side to make it a complete dinner. So good!

Ranch Chicken

What kind of ranch dressing should I use

You can use a seasoning packet or a ranch dressing mix from a jar. I prefer to use the dressing from the jar because you can be generous in how much you use.

Do you know how we like to eat our baked ranch chicken? Dipped in ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise! These condiments bring out the most delicious ranch dressing flavor. Our friends also like to dip the chicken in relish or even sour cream! And they love that it is baked and not fried.

What goes well with ranch chicken

Everything! But this chicken recipe is especially good when served with rice or pasta, grilled veggies, or a slice of freshly baked bread! You can also slice it and add it to salads and sandwiches.

Baked Chicken Breasts

Simply add ranch dressing to a large bowl and dip your seasoned chicken breasts until fully coated.

Ranch Chicken

Once chicken is coated in ranch dressing, it’s time to cover it in breadcrumbs! I usually prepare a flat dish and add bread crumbs.

Ranch Chicken

Next I carefully coat each chicken breast in the bread crumbs. That’s it!

Ranch Chicken

Enjoy!

Ranch Chicken

Easy weeknight dinner recipe with only a handful of ingredients!

  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Cook Time30 mins
  • Total Time40 mins
  •  Course: Main Course
  •  Cuisine: American
  • Keyword: chicken breasts, ranch chicken
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs any flavor

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • In a bowl, add the ranch dressing.
  • In a shallow bowl or plate, place the bread crumbs. Dip each breast in the ranch dressing, turning on all sides until well-coated, shaking off any excess dressing. Lay the chicken in the bread crumbs and turn until evenly coated.
  • Arrange the coated chicken on a parchment–lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until an internal temperature of 165°F or until juices run clear.

Easy Ranch Chicken Recipes

The baked chicken and ranch recipe is honestly one of the easiest and most flavorful meals to make and it will become a family favorite.

The recipe takes less than ten minutes to get in the oven and cooking, which is perfect for those busy weeknights. It’s definitely the easy way to do dinner.

Only A Few Minutes Of Prep

Baked chicken and ranch dinner on a plate.

A Very Easy Chicken Recipe

I can’t stress how easy this ranch chicken recipe dinner is.

It’s perfect for those evenings when you’ve been running all day and don’t have the energy to cook a big meal but you want to make something nutritious and flavorful for the whole family.

It’s such a rich and tasty meal, too. You can add some rice or pasta on the side. My husband likes to cut up the chicken and add it to a salad for dinner.

I love eating it with some peas and potatoes on the side and pouring the wonderfully rich sour cream gravy, with ranch flavor, over the top of the chicken cutlet.

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What Ingredients Do I Need For Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken?

  • Chicken cutlets
  • Sour cream
  • Ranch packet of seasoning blend
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese

How Do I Make The Ranch Chicken Dinner?

  1. Add the sour cream, ranch seasoning, 3/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to a bowl and mix until well blended.
  2. Next, place the chicken cutlets in a greased casserole dish.
  3. Spread the sour cream mixture over the chicken and sprinkle the remainder of the grated parmesan cheese over the top.
  4. Cover the dish with tinfoil, and bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the tinfoil and bake for 15 more minutes or until the top is golden brown and there is creamy sour cream gravy.

Is Ranch Healthy For You

Traditional ranch salad dressing has a creamy buttermilk base that’s flavored with garlic, mustard, and herbs, including parsley, chives, and dill.

Some brands of bottled ranch dressing are made with yogurt instead of buttermilk. Others get their creamy texture from oil and eggs.

You can also buy ranch dressing as a powdered mix, adding your own milk, mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt, or buttermilk to customize the creamy base.

The base of the salad dressing has the largest impact on its overall calorie count. It’s where the fat — and therefore most of the calorie content — comes from.

SUMMARY

Ranch dressing is a very popular, creamy, herb dressing that some people feel enhances the flavor of everything. Its calorie content varies depending on the ingredients and amount of fat it contains.

Calorie content of some popular brands

There are countless brands of bottled ranch salad dressing available in stores and online. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) lists nearly 5,000 different entries for ranch dressing in their nutrition database

An average 2-tablespoon (30-ml) serving of ranch dressing contains 129 calories, 13 grams of fat, less than 1 gram of protein, and about 2 grams of carbs

Here are some calorie and ingredient details for a 2-tablespoon (30-ml) serving of several popular brands

  • Original Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. One serving packs 140 calories and 14 grams of fat. Most of the fat in this dressing comes from soybean or canola oil and egg yolks.
  • Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing. A serving contains 110 calories and 12 grams of fat, which comes mainly from soybean oil.
  • Annie’s Cowgirl Ranch Dressing. This dressing has 110 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving, mainly from canola oil and buttermilk.
  • Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing. This brand contains 120 calories and 13 grams of fat per serving, with most of the fat coming from avocado oil.
  • Newman’s Own Ranch Dressing. This brand packs 150 calories and 16 grams of fat, which come from soybean oil and buttermilk.
  • Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Ranch. Because it’s lower in oil, this has only 60 calories per serving and 5 grams of fat. The two main ingredients are fat-free, rehydrated Greek yogurt and water.
  • Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch. This product is the lowest-calorie dressing of the bunch at 45 calories and only 3 grams of fat. Buttermilk is the main ingredient, and it also gets its creaminess from yogurt, milk, and cream.

SUMMARY

Most bottled brands of ranch dressing feature soybean oil as a major ingredient and pack in around 110–150 calories for a 2-tablespoon (30-ml) serving. Those with yogurt or buttermilk as a top-listed ingredient tend to be lower in calories.

Not all calories are created equal

When it comes to bottled salad dressing, it’s not just about calories. It’s also important to consider the type of oil and what other ingredients it contains.

The soybean oil in many brands of ranch dressing is a leading source of omega-6 fat in many people’s diets.

In large amounts, omega-6 fats can increase inflammation and the risk of inflammatory diseases like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease

On the other hand, oils like olive, canola, and avocado oil are healthier choices and linked to a lower risk of chronic disease, even though they contribute the same number of calories per gram as less healthy fats

Although they don’t necessarily add to the calorie count, the artificial ingredients in some brands of ranch dressing might cause you to gain weight.

Researchers have found that eating more ultra-processed foods — those that contain ingredients made in a lab — tends to promote greater weight gain and the accumulation of belly fat, especially in women

SUMMARY

When comparing brands of ranch dressing, make sure you consider the ingredients — not just the calorie content. Some brands are made with highly processed ingredients and unhealthy fats.

How to make homemade ranch dressing

It’s very easy to make your own ranch dressing from a few simple ingredients.

You can choose a healthy base and tailor the ingredients and texture to your taste. Another major benefit of homemade dressing is that you’ll avoid additives, preservatives, and other artificial ingredients.

To make a traditional ranch dressing, start by mixing 1/2 cup (118 ml) each of buttermilk, plain Greek yogurt, and good-quality mayonnaise made with olive, canola, or avocado oil.

Next, stir in about 2 tablespoons of fresh, minced dill; 2 tablespoons of fresh, minced chives; and 4 tablespoons of fresh, minced parsley. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can substitute dried herbs, but use about half the amount for each.

Finally, add 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, dried mustard, and salt, as well as a generous pinch of fresh ground pepper. Whisk everything together, and add a bit of water if it’s too thick.

This homemade ranch dressing will keep in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

SUMMARY

If you want a healthier ranch dressing that’s free of unhealthy fats or additives, try making your own. It’s easy to do, and once you have the dried herbs and spices on hand, you’ll be able to whip up a tasty ranch dressing anytime the craving hits.

The bottom line

Ranch dressing is a staple in many kitchens.

It may promote healthy eating if it encourages you to eat more salads or vegetables. However, you should be aware that some brands are full of fats and other ingredients that might undermine your healthy eating goals.

While the calories in ranch dressing are important to consider, the ingredient list may be even more critical. Choose a variety with ingredients you recognize.

Alternatively, get out your whisk and experiment with making your own ranch dressing.

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