Baked Parmesan Ranch Chicken; Simple-y Scrumptious!

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There are never enough chicken recipes, Right?! Also, there are many versions of this simple, moist & scrumptious chicken recipe floating around in cyberville and here’s another; mine 🙂 It takes about an hour from prep to table and is always a hit running the gamut of family, friends or guests.

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but the ranch dressing is the secret; it holds in all the flavor and moistness while the chicken is baking and also adds a wonderful dimension of flavors. I find that Hidden Valley Ranch dressing works best but Marzetti’s or any other brand will do. You can also top the baked chicken with some nice aged, shredded cheddar—your call. All in all friends, if you like chicken, this is soon to become your “go to” recipe due to its simplicity and deliciousness!



6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup dry Italian breadcrumbs

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2-1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel

1 cup prepared ranch salad dressing (bottled OK, but not recommended)

1/4 cup melted butter



Set oven to 400° degrees (bottom rack to lowest position).

In a shallow bowl mix together dry breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder and lemon peel. Dip chicken into ranch dressing to coat both sides (allow any excess to drip off). Coat in the breadcrumb parm mixture.

Place in a single layer onto a greased baking sheet or line with non-stick foil, pour equal portions of melted butter over each piece of chicken. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and juices run clear.

Note: do NOT bake in a smaller baking dish or the bottom of the chicken will be soggy). Bone in, skin on breasts may also be used. Simply increase the baking time to 45-50 minutes.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Jasmine S. says:

    Oh my goodness! This chicken looks so flavorful and moist!

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine! The ranch dressing really does a tremendous job in keeping in the moisture! It’s truly yummy 🙂


  2. This looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much! It’s one of our favorite simple recipes!

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  3. Meritings says:

    This is a MUST try!

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    1. Oh it truly is! So easy too! Thanks so much for commenting!!

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  4. GP Cox says:

    This has my mouth watering!!

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    1. haha! Sounds as if I’m doing my job then, GP! They’re truly wonderful & easy! Thanks a bunch!

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  5. Sheryl says:

    The crispy crust on this chicken looks awesome.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sheryl! It truly is super flavorful and the butter helps boost the browning 🙂

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  6. Mmmm, absolutely gorgeous, crispy chicken. I’d totally do the aged white cheddar for this. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

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    1. Oh yes, Kathryn–the added cheese only adds depth of flavor! It’s a simple favorite 🙂

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  7. Lana, looks deliciously crispy 😊

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    1. Thank you, Marisa! The butter makes everything come together and makes for the perfect crust 🙂

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  8. Osyth says:

    This is one for me to make when my husband is away – he detests parmesan (blames it on his big gaellic nose and can’t abide the smell) … but I can binge on it when he’s away and this pussy cat can play. And I will 😉

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    1. haha! Osyth! I’m a huge fan of aged cheeses like yourself and my hubby isn’t– like yours so I can relate! Thanks so much!

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  9. Chicken is often on our table, so this will be an added recipe to try, yummy 🙂

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    1. Ours too, Lynne! The flavors in this simple recipe are surprising!

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  10. this looks amazing dear Lana! yumm

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! The lemon kisses the chicken & Parmesan just perfectly 🙂

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  11. OldCountryGirl says:

    Looks delicious. The chicken reminds me of a variation of a German Schnitzel.

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    1. So true! I just so happen to be craving German Schnitzel! How did you know?? lol! Thanks so much!!


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