This is one of my most requested recipes so it’s about time I got it up on the blog. Parmesan ranch chicken is perfect if you are feeding picky people. It’s amazing if you are tired and you need a quick meal. It’s a secret weapon for unexpected guests. It’s delicious enough for special dinners and celebrations. It comes together with just a few minutes of prep and only takes 10 minutes to bake!
Parmesan Ranch Chicken
- 1 large, boneless, skinless chicken breast
- ½ cup ranch dressing
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- ¼ cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Remove all fat from outside of chicken breast. Slice against the grain into ½ inch thick slices.
Add chicken to a large bowl. Pour on half the ranch and toss to coat. Add additional ranch as needed to coat chicken.
Spread chicken out on the bottom and up the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle with about half of the parmesan, breadcrumbs, and garlic. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with more parmesan, breadcrumbs, and garlic and toss again.
Spray an aluminum foil-lined cooking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken in a single layer on baking sheet. Spray tops of chicken with cooking spray (this helps the chicken crisp up).
Bake on the bottom rack of your oven for 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Check chicken by slicing the thickest piece and looking for any pink color.
When I was a kid we used to have parmesan chicken bites for dinner all the time and they were gone so quickly you had to fight for your share. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters and when my brothers and I were all teenagers at the same time the amount of calories consumed rivaled feeding an NBA basketball team. Ranch dressing takes my childhood favorite to a whole new level. Use caution if feeding ravenous teenagers.
We don’t eat a lot of meat in our family so this is a four serving recipe for us. If you normally eat a large meat course expect this to only feed two of your family members. I normally double it to have leftovers. I’m not the type to eat parmesan chicken just once. Did I eat the leftovers for breakfast straight out of the fridge? Yes, and I don’t feel ashamed.
I love to serve lots of veggies with this, since it is not my lightest meal. Roasted potatoes and broccoli are my go-to sides, but it was delicious with hummus and veggies that I already had on hand. Can you tell I was trying to get photos taken before my daylight was gone? What’s with the sun setting before 5:30? Doesn’t it know I’m trying to food blog over here?