Recipe by Jan Kinnard
"This is a baked chicken recipe I created as a single mother one night when the cupboard seemed bare. The kids love it, and have created their own variations. Variation: In place of dressing and mozzarella cheese, use sour cream and Cheddar cheese - slices or shredded."
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1 1/2 pounds
skinless, boneless chicken parts
1 1/2 cups
Ranch-style salad dressing
shredded mozzarella cheese
I have a recipe almost identical to this one. For those who had problems or disappointments; This is what you do: Season all sides of chicken pieces(and yes bone in chicken works!!) with salt pepper and garlic powder; or use your fave seasonings. Place in shallow dish or bowl; and use the dressing as a Marinade! and marinate for at least one hour. Then line a baking dish with foil(dull side up)remove chicken from dressing and place in foil lined pan. Then top each piece with cheese after about 45 minutes..parmesan works best for me, and return to oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Prepared this way makes it a 5 star!
PS>>remove skin from bone-in chicken pieces**
Blah. For this to taste better, it would need too many changes. Not worth repeating.
After some modifications, we really enjoyed this recipe. The first time I made it, I followed the recipe exactly, and we weren't very fond of it. We thought it was rather greasy and the ranch taste was pretty strong. However, I liked the idea of it, thought it was a good blend of flavors, so I decided to attempt it again. The second time, I poured enough ranch dressing into a skillet to coat the bottom, then placed the chicken in the pan and cooked it fully on top of the stove first. Then I put the chicken in an ungreased baking dish and covered it with mozzarella cheese and placed it under the broiler until it melted. This time we had a winner!!!! We really enjoyed the meal and will have it again!!
I make this recipe once a week, combining many of the suggestions of other raters. I use a quick spray of Pam, then put chicken breast tenders in my baking dish, or if I'm cooking for more than my husband and myself, I use whole chicken breasts, which I flatten by pounding. I sprinkle powdered ranch dressing (Hidden Valley makes one) over the chicken, and thanks to someone's idea, put Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon on top of that. My husband loves spicy stuff, so I chop up jalapenos and put that on top of the bacon bits. I cover my chicken with foil and bake at 325 for 45 minutes, uncover and top with a combination of mozzerella and cheddar cheese, then put back in the oven, uncovered, for another 15 minutes. This is the easiest dinner to fix, and it's so delicious. The chicken is so tender and juicy. I just made it, without the jalapenos, for my 80 year old mother and my 96 year old grandmother, and they loved it!
REALLY GOOD w/ a few changes. Spray w/Pam, not oil
. Before I added Cheddar, I layed a slice of Armour Dried Beef(in the small jar). It made for a real boost in taste. Use 1/2 sour cream/Ranch. The grave/sauce is wonderful. This is an easy,good recipe w/much potential to "do your own thing". I also like it w/green pepper slices & a little garlic powder. Thanks for the keeper recipe,Jan!
I have always made a recipe similar to this using 4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breast. I fry my chicken in a skillet on top of the stove with ranch dressing poured on top. I don't measure anything. It only takes a few minutes. I top it off with mozzarella or fresh grated parmesan. Doesn't need the oil. It's great! My kids also like to eat it on a nice hard roll for sandwiches. I work in the food business and sometimes have to create recipes and believe it or not this also tastes great on talapia fish. I melt butter and garlic and add the ranch dressing to make a sauce, then add the fish and top with more ranch dressing and parm. or mozz. cheese or no cheese at all. Fry till it flakes easily. You wouldn't believe how much it sells when made like this!!! Ranch dressing is great on alot of things! Thanks!
This was a very EASY & tasty dish! I took a suggestion from the other reviewers and used a bit of cooking spray to coat the pan rather than olive oil. I also used turkey tenderloins instead of chicken and used a Light Ranch dressing. My kids and husband devoured it and I will definitely be making this again!
Good taste and very easy to make. I use low-fat ranch and skim mozarella, otherwise the recipe is LOADED with fat!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Texas Ranch Chicken
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 412
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