Simple Barbecue Ranch Chicken: 3 Ways 3 Ingredients

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3 Ingredients and 3 different ways to prepare one of the most, tender, flavorful and easy chicken dishes around! Prep is minimal, but bottled ranch dressing is NOT recommended—it’s not thick enough. In fact, I use a little less milk and more mayonnaise when preparing the dressing. It sticks to the chick better…

A nice organic Ranch dressing blend is available at your local natural market if you’re opposed to Supermarket brands. Or whip up your own from scratch; 1/2 cup each of sour cream & mayo, 1/4 cup chopped green onions, 2 cloves of fresh garlic, a tablespoon or 2 of ACV (apple cider vinegar) and a bit of salt and pepper blend wonderfully together right in front of your very eyes.


Homemade Ranch Dressing…Make Your Own or Use a Good Quality Boxed NOT Bottled. photo source: recipehubs


  1. 2 pounds cut up fryer chicken, or bone in breasts & thighs. Leave skin on for maximum moistness.
  2. 2 cups prepared Ranch dressing…bottled is not recommended
  3. ¼ cup of your favorite thick BBQ sauce
Bold, Spicy, Sweet or Sassy…the Flavor of the BBQ Sauce is Your Call. photo source: olasandchanclas


Mix dressing and BBQ sauce together. Coat both sides of all pieces of chicken. Marinate for up to 2 hours or coat and cook right away. The chicken can be prepared 3 ways: baked in the oven for 45 minutes at 375* BBQed on the grill for a total of 40 minutes—20 minutes on both sides or smoked in as smoker for 45 minutes total. It’s great all 3 Ways!

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Serve with baked sweet potatoes topped with butter & orange scented sour cream (1 tsp of orange zest & 1 tablespoon of honey mixed in 1/2 cup sour cream) and a side of buttered sugar peas– whatever your little hearts desire. This simple chicken recipe is “stand alone” good! Luscious sides are mere accompaniments.


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  1. GP Cox says:

    I’d like to give you a very simple recipe for Steak sauce – equal parts of butter, Worcestershire sauce & ketchup; stir as you gently heat it up. You’ll be surprised!!

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    1. Thanks, GP!! This sounds incredible! Can I use this as a guest chef recipe & credit you for the work? I would love to…say yes? I’ll make it soon, take pics. post it here and tell them GP sent ya 🙂 Thanks!!


      1. GP Cox says:

        You can do with it as you wish, Lana – it was a short and tasty Thank You for all the great recipes you give us!! ^^’

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      2. You are quite welcome, Good Sir! I’m really looking forward to trying it and will do as I mentioned 🙂 I’ve been craving a good steak too! Thanks again!

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  2. This is just yummy and amazing! very tender and full of flavor!

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    1. It’s so simple, Lynn! My favorite way to make this is using our smoker…gives it a nice smoky flavor. Thanks so much!

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      1. wow that would be so good! I can see how tender it is!

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