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!!

    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!! ^^’

      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!

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

    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!

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

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