COOKING TIPS

  • I recommend to blanch the broccoli before adding it on top of chicken (blanching means adding broccoli to boiling water just for a couple of minutes, removing it and draining it well). Blanching the broccoli makes it moist and brighter in color.
  • Use skinless, boneless chicken breasts.   Use thin chicken breasts.  Or, if you have large chicken breasts, slice each chicken breast in half horizontally.  You can also use skinless, boneless chicken thighs.
  • You can use either store-bought Ranch dressing or make your own.
  • No need to add salt.  Bacon, Ranch dressing, and the Cheddar cheese add enough saltiness to the dish.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED RANCH CHICKEN

  • Oven-roasted vegetables, such as roasted asparagus, broccoli, green beans, sliced bell peppers, red onions.
  • Potatoes. Serve mashed potatoes or oven-baked potatoes roasted with herbs and garlic in olive oil.
  • Rice.  Make Jasmine rice or brown rice.  For more flavor, serve wild rice or flavored rice.
  • Cauliflower “mashed potatoes”.   Mash cooked cauliflower, add minced garlic and butter, and serve just like regular potatoes.
  • Pasta, You can use angel hair pasta or spaghetti.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T HAVE RANCH DRESSING

  • Make your own ranch dressing from scratch.   Combine 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with 1/2 cup of sour cream. Add 1 clove of minced garlic,  1/2 teaspoon each of (chopped fresh or dried) dill, parsley, chives, onion powder.  Season with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.  Mix to combine.
  • Using dry ranch dressing mix, you can make ranch dressing.  Combine 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with 1/2 cup of sour cream.   Gradually add dry ranch dressing mix (to taste) to the mixture, and stir to combine.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED RANCH CHICKEN KETO FRIENDLY

  • Do not use breadcrumbs or crushed crackers as topping over your chicken bake.
  • Make your own homemade Ranch dressing that does not include sugar.  Combine 1/2 cup of full-fat mayonnaise with 1/2 cup of full-fat sour cream. Add 1 clove of minced garlic,  1/2 teaspoon each of  (chopped fresh or dried) dill, parsley, chives, onion powder.  Season with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.  Mix to combine.

HOW DO YOU BAKE CHICKEN WITH RANCH SEASONING

1) Preheat oven to 375 F.

2) Add skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs) to the casserole dish.

3) Top with chopped raw broccoli and chopped cooked bacon.

4) Spread Ranch dressing over the chicken.

5) Top with shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese.

6) Bake in the preheated oven at 375 F for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Use the juices from the oven-baked ranch chicken to pour over mashed potatoes or cooked rice or veggies.

Ingredients :

  • You can use FOUR chicken breasts (use 4 thin chicken breasts, or use 2 large chicken breasts, sliced in half, horizontally)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets , blanched, chopped
  • 6 strips bacon , cooked, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese , shredded

Instructions :

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Add chicken breasts to the casserole dish. I used the the oval casserole dish measured 13 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches deep.
  3. Note about chicken: use 4 thin chicken breasts, or use 2 large thick chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally each to make 4 thin chicken breasts.
  4. Top with chopped and blanched broccoli florets.
  5. Top with chopped cooked bacon.
  6. Spread Ranch dressing on top.
  7. Top with shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake, uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken breasts.