Fake 'n Bake Oven Ranch Chicken

"I don't remember where I got this recipe, but I've tweaked it a bit to my own liking. It's so simple, yet so flavorful, that it's become one of our absolute favorites in our list of "easy after-work recipes!" My kids think I'm a real down-home cook whenever I make this! LOL! NOTE: Prep time does not include marinating time."
photo by Stacky5 photo by Stacky5
photo by Stacky5
photo by Stacky5 photo by Stacky5
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  • Place cleaned and dried chicken pieces in a large flat glass dish, dredge each piece in the ranch dressing, cover dish with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Coat 9 x 13 inch baking sheet (or glass baking dish) with Pam.
  • Mix potato flakes, paprika, parsley flakes and garlic powder in a flat dish.
  • Remove marinated chicken pieces from ranch marinade, then roll in potato flake mixture, coating thoroughly.
  • Arrange on baking sheet, then salt and pepper to taste.
  • IMPORTANT: Turn down oven to 350°.
  • Bake approximately 35-45 minutes, or until the juices run clear when chicken pieces are pierced with a fork and the crust looks golden brown.

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  1. I made this recipe using chicken breast fillets and used fat free ranch dressing. Crisp and moist! I love ranch dressing so I tried dipping the chicken in it as I ate, it was absolutely wonderful. Thanks for posting this recipe!
  2. I made a half recipe of this using 3 large chicken breasts. I flattened the breasts first to make sure they would cook evenly. Very good; the chicken turned out flavorful and juicy.
  3. This recipe has GREAT flavour! I used only boneless skinless chicken breasts. The chicken was very moist & the coating added a nice crunch. I thought I had greased my pan really well but when I removed the chicken the entire bottom crust stuck to the pan.
  4. This was a recipe I chose because it looked simple and I didn't feel like cooking. What a pleasant surprise. I used fat free ranch dressing with good success and mine too turned out just like the photo and was crispy on the outside and very moist and juicy on the inside. Served with garlic mashers and fresh corn cut from the cobb and let me tell you it was good eatin. Thank you Stacky5RLC for sharing the recipe.
  5. I'm not sure why, but my chicken never did get browned- the coating stayed a little soft/ mushy- even after baking some extra minutes. So, I popped it under the broiler for a little while to brown it up a bit. I cut down the recipe and only used the chicken breasts since there were just three of us here. I might try this again and see if it comes out better next time.


Editor's Note: Sadly Stacky5 passed away on Monday, October 20, 2008. Hi! My name is Stacy, and I'm a single Mom who works full-time with 4 kids ranging from ages 9 to 21, a brand new granddaughter named Faith, and a cat named Pubert (we call him Pube) who is also my kid... That's his photo as my icon. Oh, and a new kitten that the kids named "KeeKee" but who I call Little Kitteh. I love them with all my heart! Even though I don't have my parents anymore, their presence is always felt and their love has resonated in my life, even after all this time. You'll find a lot of my posted recipes that refer to "Jolean" --- and that's my Mom. :) I sure do miss her... I love music, especially 70's music, cats, incense & lavalights, candles, and I love to play guitar. I've been called an old "hippie chick," and I don't mind that label in the least. I also love to try other people's recipes and find ones that remind me of my Mother, and those precious memories that I had growing up in a household with such a wonderfully comforting cook...I work full-time in a real estate office as an office administrator. I came to this site looking for recipes that were tried and true. I stayed at this site because I found people who were kind, loving, caring and shared the same interest that I do --- food and cooking. I've saved a lifetime of recipes and learned so much about cooking and ingredients that I actually feel proud of my cooking. I bet my Mom looks down on me with pride every time I cook a new recipe from RecipeZaar, and I bet my Dad cracks up every time he sees me photographing what I've cooked! My daughters have actually gotten into the act, too, and are quite versed in searching for recipes and answers here on Zaar. Makes me proud to be their Mom. RecipeZaar isn't just a "website." It's a lifestyle. And some of the friends I've made here are LIFELONG friends to me --- and in my estimation, those types of people are a rare thing to find in this world. :) P.S. Pube says, "Hello everybody!" ;) <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/purplechefhat.gif" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/projects/chef3.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/beartag_1_1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/adopted_1_1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/200_artistrichardneuman-art-prints_.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"><img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/untitled.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/PAC08Main.jpg"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/adoptedspring08.jpg"> <a href="http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/Missymop/?action=view¤t=craftykookaburras.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/Missymop/craftykookaburras.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/DUCHESS13/World%20Tour/ZWT2.gif"> <img src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b112/kzbhansen/Banners/Animation3.gif"> <img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/DUCHESS13/Zaar%20World%20Tour%204/ZWTAB-tg.gif"> <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b45/Stacky5LRC/banner002_200.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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