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Easy Baked Chicken And Ranch Recipe

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 and get amazing flavor.

Only A Few Minutes Of Prep

Baked chicken and ranch dinner on a plate.

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. You can also make it into chicken tenders for the kids.

I love eating it with some green beans and potatoes on the side and pouring the wonderfully rich sour cream gravy with ranch flavor over the top of the chicken cutlet. You can’t ask for a more delicious dinner. I’ve got a picky eater, and he loved this chicken dinner.

What Ingredients Do I Need For Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken?

The recipe calls for a few simple ingredients.

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

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post.

Cut chicken cutlets on a white plate.

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 baking 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.
Chicken and ranch dinner on a white plate.

Step-By-Step Instructions For Chicken Ranch Dinner

Sour cream and ranch seasoning in a glass bowl.

Grab a medium-sized bowl and add the sour cream and ranch seasoning mix.

Give this homemade ranch seasoning a try from My Baking Addiction.

Mozzarella cheese in a glass bowl with sour cream.

Next, add the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese and mix until well blended.

Chicken cutlets in a casserole dish.

Place chicken cutlets in a greased casserole dish.

I’ve made this dish with chicken breasts and chicken cutlets, and I personally like it better with the cutlets because it doesn’t take as long to cook. If you cook the chicken breasts, they will take longer to cook, and the sour cream gravy will burn a little, so you’re better off cooking this dish with the cutlets.

I made this dinner in a 7″ x 11″ pan, but you can use a 9″ x 13″ pan, as well. Just spray the inside with a non-stick cooking spray to keep things from sticking.

Ranch seasoning, sour cream, and mozzarella on chicken.

Spread the sour cream mixture over the chicken.

It will seem like a lot of sour cream to put on the chicken, but as it cooks, it will melt down and turn into a sort of gravy.

Chicken cutlets covered in sour cream and cheese.

Sprinkle the remainder of the parmesan cheese on the top. The parmesan will give the chicken a sort of crunchy crust on top when it browns.

Tin foil covering chicken and ranch in a casserole dish.

Finally, place some tinfoil on top and bake for 45 minutes. Then, remove the tinfoil and bake for 15 more minutes. The total cooking time is one hour.

Baked chicken and ranch dinner cooked in a casserole dish.

Once the dinner is done cooking, you’ll have a golden brown top and a pan full of tender chicken and sour cream gravy.

Pouring sour cream gravy over baked chicken

Just pour the gravy over the chicken, and you’ve got the perfect meal. It has such a delicious ranch dressing flavor.

Storage Instructions

If you have any leftover chicken, keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is good for up to three days.

Optional Ingredients

If you’d like to switch things up now and again, try some of these ingredients in the dish.

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs on top
  • Crispy bacon
  • Boneless chicken thighs

What to Serve with Creamy Ranch Chicken

All of these are popular recipes on the blog and taste great with the ranch chicken recipe, pork chops, or any main dish.

Baked chicken and ranch dinner on a white plate.

The gravy even tastes great on top of mashed potatoes. The chicken cooks up super tender in this recipe.

Baked chicken dinner on a plate with peas and potatoes.

Baked Chicken and Ranch Dinner

I know you will love the crispy baked ranch chicken recipe. It has the best flavor and tender chicken breasts. Be sure to let me know how you like it in the comments below.

Baked chicken and ranch dinner on a white plate with peas and potatoes.

Baked Chicken and Ranch Dinner

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Baked chicken and ranch dinner is honestly one of the easiest meals to make. The recipe takes less than ten minutes to get in the oven and cooking so you can get on to other things.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 12 oz. sour cream
  • 1 oz. ranch seasoning mix
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese + 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish.
  2. Add the sour cream, ranch seasoning, 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella cheese to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Place the chicken cutlets in the casserole dish and spread the sour cheese mixture over the top.
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup parmesan cheese over the top and cover with tinfoil.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes and remove the tinfoil.
  6. Bake for 15 more minutes, or until the parmesan is golden brown and the sour cream has created a gravy.

Notes

Be careful not to overcook, or the gravy will harden and burn.

If you have leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees. You can check with a digital thermometer but make sure you check in the thickest part of the cutlet for an accurate reading.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 517Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 210mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 38g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Bobbi

Monday 4th of July 2022

A lot of your recipes use sour cream (stroganoff, moist cornbread, this one, etc). My hubby really doesn't like the taste of sour cream. Could you tell me some alternatives for these recipes (that aren't Greek yogurt)? Thanks!

Julie Pollitt

Monday 4th of July 2022

Hi Bobbi,

You can try cottage cheese, crème fraîche (it's similar to sour cream, but not as tangy), cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Hope those choices help!

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