Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

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Tomatillo Ranch Dressing turns boring chicken breasts into your new favorite dinner. This Tomatillo Ranch Chicken is delicious! 

Tomatillo-Ranch-Chicken2Raise your hand if you love Cafe Rio’s Tomatillo dressing!? *raising my hand 😀 I love the stuff. I can’t get enough. Whether I order a salad, a taco or one of their huge burritos, it is a must to have a side of dressing to drench it with!

If you are not familiar with Cafe Rio, or their divine dressing, I will fill you in. Cafe Rio is a Mexican Grill with phenomenal food. I’m sure you’ve seen their copycat recipes all over blog land. Mine included! Their Tomatillo dressing is amazing. It is a creamy ranch dressing made with Tomatillos, garlic and other goodies. Tomatillos are a Mexican husk tomato that are green and you can usually find them in the produce section next to the peppers. They turn ordinary dressing into something incredible!

Tomatillo-Ranch-Chicken4What’s even more incredible is when you marinate a few boring pieces of chicken in that dreamy dressing then bake it to perfection. It is so good! We served ours over rice and it was a total hit at my dinner table. Can’t wait to make it again. 🙂

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Tomatillo ranch dressing turns boring chicken breasts into your new favorite dinner!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1 oz. package ranch dressing/seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 to matillos husked then chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 cups cooked white or brown rice


  • In a blender add the mayo, buttermilk, ranch dressing mix, garlic, cilantro, tomatillos and lime juice. Blend until creamy and combined. Pour 1 cup of dressing into a large ziplock back. Add chicken breasts. Seal and chill at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375° F. In a 9x13 inch baking pan spread cooked rice evenly into bottom of pan. Discard marinade and place chicken breasts side by side over rice in pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Top with additional dressing and serve. Enjoy!




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  1. Just made this last night for the family…everyone LOVED it! Kids kept saying “MOM, THIS IS SO GOOD, MAKE IT AGAIN!” Thank you for the great recipe.

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