Kittencal's Easy and Delicious Ranch-Parmesan Chicken

Total Time
40mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
30 mins

There are plenty versions of this recipe, this is mine and can be on your table in less that an hour, my family loves this chicken! --- the ranch dressing is the secret it holds in all the flavor and moistness while the chicken is baking and also adds flavor, I find that Hidden Valley Ranch dressing works the best but Kraft or any other brand will do, I sometimes top the baked chicken with mozzarella cheese or cheddar, but that is optional --- although I have only made this using breasts I imagine that chicken pieces could be used although you would have to increase the breadcrumb mixture slightly, you can marinate the chicken breast in the ranch dressing for a few hours in the fridge, although you will need more than 1 cup of dressing if you are marinating .... *NOTE* to avoid a soggy bottom crust, place the chicken breasts onto a flat rack on top the baking sheet, also it is important not to bake the chicken in a small baking pan, if you do not have a rack bake on a large baking sheet so any juices in the pan will spread out and not accumulate under the chicken causing a soggy bottom --------------- FOR LOW-FAT OPTION: use low-fat Ranch dressing and omit the melted butter on top or use a healthy butter alternative such as Smart Balance 50/50 blend.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Set oven to 400° degrees (set oven rack to lowest position).
  2. In a shallow bowl mix together the dry breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Dip the chicken into the ranch dressing to coat both sides (allow any excess to drip off).
  4. Coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place in a single layer onto a greased baking sheet or line with non-stick foil (do NOT bake in a smaller baking dish or the bottom of the chicken will be soggy).
  6. Lightly drizzle the melted butter over each breast (for low-fat option omit the butter or use a diet alternative).
  7. If desired you can sprinkle black pepper over the chicken pieces .
  8. Bake uncovered for about 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked).