Ranch Chicken

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Ranch Chicken is juicy, tender chicken breasts covered in a crispy golden coating of cornflakes, Parmesan cheese, and zesty ranch flavoring. With only 5 simple ingredients, and a quick prep, you can have a flavor-filled dinner in hardly any time!

Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken

I’ve always loved the ease and simplicity that comes along with certain recipes. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to slave over the stove all day on some elaborate dish. I just want an easy yet palate-pleasing dinner that everyone will enjoy, which is where this Ranch Chicken comes to the rescue!

Ranch Chicken consists of all the things you yearn for in a meal: stress free, simple, no mile long instructions, and most importantly, delicious!

It reminds me of that saying, ‘less is more’. The recipe requires less work, less ingredients, but results in more flavor and satisfaction!

The chicken breasts are first coated in melted butter (to allow the crumb coating to stick) and then placed in a bag filled with the yummy coating mixture! This creates a crunchy, flaky outside that compliments the moist and tender inside. YUM! Then the chicken is then baked to golden perfection!

Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken

While this Ranch Chicken is tasty on its own, to really bring the whole dish together, you could serve it with a fresh side salad and some corn on the cob!

No matter if you choose to eat this on its own, or with a few tasty sides, just know you’ll be in for one truly satisfying meal.


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Ranch Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts  (about 6 ounces, each)
  • 1 packet ranch dressing/seasoning mix
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup salted butter


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • Mix the ranch seasoning, crushed corn flakes and Parmesan cheese together in a shallow dish.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe dish. Dip each chicken breast into the melted butter, and then place in the ranch/corn flake mixture. Toss the chicken in the mixture to coat the chicken.
  • Once all chicken has been coated, place in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle any remaining seasoning mixture on top of each chicken breast.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, uncovered, or until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees F. Serve chicken warm and enjoy!



Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken

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  1. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mouth is watering just looking! What time will you be here to make it?? Ha ha ha! You are an exquisite Chef! Make me a tooth shaped birthday cake. My birthday is Dec. 28th. LOVE YA, T dawg

  2. WOW, it’s been forever since I’ve made this! Looks so yummy! I’ll be making this very soon though!

  3. Yumm looks so tasty! I have a similar recipe that came from my first cookbook EVER. Something like…cooking basics or something. Such a simple recipe but the results are awesome. You took really good pictures too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Made this tonight and it is a new favorite! I didn’t have corn flakes however so I used panko bread crumbs! Still awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Really? And either of those instead of egg to coat the chicken? If oil works, I am switching…lol

  5. You can also just dip your chicken breast (after patting dry n adding salt n pepper) into ranch dressing and then dipping it into a panko breadcrumb and parsley mixture

    1. So i made the chicken and my family loved the flavor, but it wasnt crispy, it was soggy. Maybe i did something wrong. Will definitely make again.

  6. This recipe was a hit at our house. My only change was cutting the chicken breast in half (I do this to just about all chicken breast recipes) and adding another 1/2 cup of corn flakes. I’ll be making this dish often.

  7. I just made this last night and it was a big hit. I just have one question I have ranch dressing that is a jar so how much do you use? I just guessed how much it turned out ok but I think I used too much seasoning.

  8. I just made your Ranch Chicken tonight for the first time. It was DELISH!! My husband and my 12 year old twins loved it and I will be adding this to our weekly menu. Thank you so much!!

  9. Honey and I just put it in the oven so excited to try it! It smells amazing. Put some peppers in the dish as well.

  10. found you pinterest, I’m trying the recipe right now! However, I used drumsticks instead so I hope it turns out the same!

  11. We had this a few weeks ago at my mom’s house and I’ve made it for my own family twice since then. We all love it! Even my picky sons (ages 8 and 5). It’s packed with flavor, and the chicken is perfectky cooked. I substituted “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter” to save on calories, and it was just as awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. great recipe! thank you for sharing. I have made this recipe with olive oil and used flavored panko breadcrumbs. Butter sounds so good! A must try!

  13. Made this not that long ago. My cornflake mixture didn’t stick as beautifully as pictured, but it’s the taste that matters most. This chicken had a TON of parmy-ranch flavor. One chicken breast was enough because I think it was almost too flavorful, but it wasn’t bad, just strong flavored! I would rate this a 8/10. I’d eat it again.

  14. My husband and I absolutely love this dish. I came across it on pintrest, and now we probably have it at least once or twice a month to spice up our chicken routine. It is so quick and easy and incredibly delicious. I like to slice my chicken breasts in half to make thinner cutlet-like pieces (that way they cook in half the time). I also always sprinkle the remaining crumbs on top of the chicken before baking for extra crunchy yummi-ness. I definitely recommend making this recipe…it is perfect!

  15. I mistakenly bought garden onion dressing instead of ranch (the packages look the same) and OMG was it delicious! Please try it next time you make this dish. You won’t be sorry!

  16. You can ramp up the recipe even more by substituting regular mayo (Hellman’s) for the butter, and then dribble some melted butter onto the chicken before putting it in the oven. YUM!

  17. I made this last week and it was the best chicken I have ever had out of the oven!! Crisp on the outside and unbelievably tender on the inside. My boyfriend asked for it again this week, which is rare, lol. Great recipe!

  18. has anyone tried frying the chicken on both sides then baking it? i wonder if that will be good or not…

  19. Made thIs tonight and WOW!!! So delicious! Thanks for sharing! I usually have to dip my chicken in something but not with this recipe, lots of flavor!!!

  20. My boyfriend made this for me tonight and we both thought it was fantastic!! We will make this many more times.

  21. I just found your site last week and this was my first recipe of yours. You have a new follower! I have about 20 of your Monday Menu Planning posts pinned. Can’t wait to explore more of your stuff!

  22. Has anyone tried to prepare the chicken a few hours beforehand and freezing it until ready to bake?? I do it with my homemade mozarella sticks but I think it might work for this too?

  23. LOVE this recipe!!! I make it a lot, but there have been a few times where the top of the chicken breast itself turns out crunchy… not the crumbs on top of the chicken, but the actual chicken. Does anyone know what this could be from? Thank you in advance!!

  24. Has anyone made this with cheddar cheese instead of the parmesan cheese? I am allergic to parmesan cheese and was wondering if cheddar cheese would work

  25. Just made this recipe exactly too the posted way and it was a smash! I’m far from anything good in the kitchen but the chicken came out absolutely beautiful, juicy, and flavorful! Rock Star for the night! Lol Thank You

  26. Am I only supposed to add the mix from the ranch dressing ?? Or do I follow the directions on the dressing mix as well and add them all together ??

  27. Do I follow the directions from the ranch mix ? Or do I just use the mix and don’t add any sour cream ??

  28. Hi! So I just wanted to say this recipe was amazing! Totally foolproof.. I am a walking disaster in the kitchen and I just got so many compliments from my friends I made this for! Thank you SO SO much!

  29. Tried this tonight and it was delish! I did one thing differently from the recipe. Instead of dipping the chicken in butter, I tossed them in a ziplock with 1/2c. of plain whole yogurt in the morning. Yogurt is a non-acidic tenderizer that helps the chicken stay moist (some use buttermilk for the same reason). When I was ready to cook, I just shook off the excess yogurt and dropped the breasts into the crumb mix. Thanks for a simple and flavorful weeknight dinner idea.

  30. This is now a go to recipe in our house! It is absolutely delish! My husband and son are two of the pickiest eaters out there. They LOVE when I make this for dinner. It tastes great, it’s easy, and fast! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!

  31. OMG! From this recipe, I made it tonight, but I used crushed Ritz Crackers instead, no parmesean, then added Mozzarella Cheese on top for the last 5 minutes of cooking. It’s came out soooooo delicious! Definitely a new favorite for me! Chicken was so moist!

  32. This recipe is Amazing! The chicken comes out WONDERFUL and moist! I have made this half a dozen times and it has been prefect everytime. We have gotten in the habit of adding more ranch but the original is so good!

  33. I made it but the mix did not stick well to the breast.what could I have done to make this better??

    1. Hi Taylor, I have had this problem as well. I found that if you pop the chicken in the fridge after breading it for maybe half an hour or so, it helps the breading stick. After making breaded chicken so many times only to watch the breading slide right off, I Googled it to find a solution and this worked! Good luck!

  34. I made this tonight and wow this is good! I also added taco seasoning to the mix and I just left out the butter. So yummy!!

  35. Have you ever pre bread the tenders? Like around lunch and then keep in the fridge till supper time to bake??

  36. Holly, great and I mean GREAT chicken recipe. It was everything you indicated on your site and more. Made it โ€œexactlyโ€ as listed, no sense in tweaking recipe b4 you use it, I give it a chance. Thanks again

  37. I was very skeptical at first but this is so good! The chicken turned out to be juicy and flavorful despite the short list of ingredients. The pictures inspired me to serve it with corn as well. Great summer lunch/dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Hi! Iโ€™m planning on cooking this tonight, Iโ€™m stuck on the ranch seasoning part lol. Do you actually make the ranch dressing or do you just use the mix? Sorry if thatโ€™s silly to ask. Iโ€™m just a little confused. I would assume Iโ€™m making the dressing?

  39. I didnโ€™t have cornflakes on hand so I used crushed ritz crackers… SOOOOO GOOD!
    Easy clean up also! Def a keeper and going into my regular rotation. Thanks so much!

  40. Definitely a new favorite in our house. I didn’t have corn flakes so I improvised Kix cereal. Super easy to make for someone who is tired after work and also packs in a fabulous flavor! Thanks for posting!

    1. I believe others have commented that they used panko or other breadcrumbs with success. (yep, I read all the comments like the crazy person that I am! lol)

  41. Holly, I saw someone else asked but I did not receive a response. Could I use boneless, skinless thighs for this recipe? Or even bone-in? I saw a few others say they used tenders or drumsticks, but nobody shared their responses. I realize the cook times will need to be monitored/adjusted.
    Let me know what you think. Thanks much!

    1. Hi Lisa, Yes you could use chicken thighs for this recipe, you will just need to adjust the cooking time. I don’t cook much with chicken thighs though so I am not fully sure how much longer you should cook them. I would always check the internal temperature which needs to be 165 degrees F. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Can you modify this recipe to cook in an instant pot and then maybe just use the oven to make it crispy? If so how would you add the ingredients?

    1. I’m sure you could, but it would definitely bring some sweetness to the chicken. Not sure if that’s a bad thing, though. lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Made this, it was delicious!! didn’t have corn flakes or bread crumbs. Used crushed ritz instead. Husband and son said it was the best chicken i have ever made.

  43. instead of butter i coat the chicken with mayonnaise. Real Helps the coatin mix sTick to the chicken!! Crisp and juicy, delicious!

  44. 5 stars
    This was very Good. The whole family loved it, including my picky 4 yr. old. It really was very tender, more than most similar recipes, not sure what made the difference, but no compLaints! Will make again soon!

  45. I love this recipe, but I swear this rEcipe used to be baked in the ovenโ€ฆ i came bacK to find it anD now the instructions are For the air fryer? Where can i find the oven instRuctions? Not everyone Runs tO buy every new kitchen gadget lol.

    1. Hi Melinda, I am so sorry. I don’t know how the recipe card changed. I am going to update it now to show instructions for the oven.

  46. 5 stars
    Just finished making this for dinner and it was really good! Swapped out cereal for panko which resulted in it not browning up very much but Cooked through so I call it a win. Will be making again!

  47. 5 stars
    I am making this tonight but Substituting breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs. I have made something simular with bone in chicken legs but used frosted flakes and left out the ranch and it turned out awesome. can’t wait to eat this.

  48. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite chicken recipe!!! It is so easy and delicious! My only modification is that I cut the chicken into bite size pieces so it makes little kid friendly nuggets. Thanks for the recipe!!! โค๏ธ

  49. what would you recommend to use in place of corn flakes? I am gluten free. I was thinking maybe Ranch Doritos? anyone tried that yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. 5 stars
    This chicken recipe is fabulous! We love it. It’s so easy to make too, which is a plus, especially on weeknights!

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