Ranch Cheddar Chicken



My husband gets grumpy when he goes too long without red meat. He can be such a baby sometimes.

“Whyyyyyy are we eating chicken agaaaaaaaaain?”

It’s just not attractive for a grown man to cry and whine. He should really stop that.

Over the weekend we were at lots of family events and every single one served chicken. I could see he was getting a little tired of chicken, but that didn’t stop me from baking this chicken up on Monday. I happen to like chicken.

“Whyyyyyyy did you make chickennnnnn?,” he whined when I set dinner on the table.

“Whyyyyyyy are you such a big brat?,” I whined back.

Then he took a bite of this moist, flavorful, slightly crunchy chicken and he shut right up. This was so flavorful and delicious! The chicken was so juicy and it was super simple to whip up.

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Ranch Cheddar Chicken

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place the chicken in a large baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ranch, and cheddar cheese. Spread on top of the chicken breasts.
Sprinkle the panko on top and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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75 Responses to “Ranch Cheddar Chicken”

  1. Lauren July 26, 2012 @ 5:34 pm (#
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    This looks friggin’ amazing!

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  2. danielle July 26, 2012 @ 6:24 pm (#
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    This sounds so yum. I’m totally making it. Just not tonight because it’s 8:23 and I just got home from work and I’m too tired to actually cook anything. I shall make it this weekend. After I make your blooming onion bread.

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    Janet Reply:

    Hi, I read your comment about the blooming onion bread, sounds so good, I searched all over this website and can’t find the recipe? Can you help me find it? Thanks :)

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    danielle Reply:

    @Janet,
    Yup! I have it bookmarked. It’s one of my favorites. :-)

    http://bunsinmyoven.com/2011/06/30/bloomin-onion-bread/

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  3. Adriana July 26, 2012 @ 6:50 pm (#
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    Sounds so yum. Think I might sub the mayo with greek yogurt to save a few calories. Can’t wait! Oh and I thought my hubby was the only one who complained about chicken!

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    Cami Reply:

    @Adriana, Good idea! If you want the flavor of mayo you could use light or fat free. I use light in mine

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  4. Leigh July 26, 2012 @ 6:54 pm (#
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    This article came just in time. I pulled up my browser to look for a panko chicken fingers recipe, and this was in my RSS feed. I made this for my husband who was gone for 4 days for work. We loved it! What a great way to welcome him home.

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  5. Joanne July 26, 2012 @ 7:07 pm (#
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    One of these days my boyfriend is going to start doing that, except with vegetables. “Do we have to be vegetarian EVERY time you cook?” he’ll ask. I can feel it.

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  6. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings July 27, 2012 @ 6:21 am (#
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    Yum, yum, yum….I make something similar with mayo and parm cheese….now I have a new idea to mix it up :)

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  7. Katie @ Oh Shine On July 27, 2012 @ 6:27 am (#
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    Nothing shuts a family member up better than a delicious meal. It’s my go-to for nearly everything.

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  8. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 27, 2012 @ 8:11 am (#
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    Oh wow. This looks incredible! There would be no complaints from my family with this dish!

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  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction July 27, 2012 @ 8:21 am (#
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    Yuppppp my bf would go nuts for this. Sometimes I’m bored of chicken for dinner too!!! But this… oh man… this I could DEFINITELY do.

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  10. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 27, 2012 @ 9:41 am (#
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    I hate siding with the spouses, but at times, I can get really bored with chicken, too. But anything crunchy, cheesy and ranch-flavored is golden in my book, so I’m pretty sure I could stuff my face with this daily and never be bored again. The end.

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  11. Deborah July 30, 2012 @ 9:24 pm (#
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    Hey, if it’s this chicken all the time, I wouldn’t mind!! :)

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  12. Onlybyhishands July 31, 2012 @ 2:13 pm (#
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    Loved it! And so did my family! I received no complaints…usually anything I make new is eaten last and with much pleading but this…this was so good. I am going to try the creamed corn this week too! Thanks for all your recipes, I have tried many of them and they are all good!

    Oh yeah that Roasted Strawberry Hotfudge Milkshake….it’s going to get made too!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Onlybyhishands,

    Yay! Glad they loved it!

    And thank you for the sweet comment. :)

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  13. Construction Supplies San Diego August 2, 2012 @ 7:12 pm (#
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    I know what I am making on Saturday for my dinner party!!!

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  14. Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs August 3, 2012 @ 5:33 pm (#
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    One of my friends pinned this and I had to try it. Made it for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! My kids (3 and 5) even liked it! I used light mayo and it was still delicious!

    Thank you for the recipe!

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  15. Jessica August 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm (#
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    This looks great! There are so many tasty ways to cook up chicken that I don’t think I could ever get tired of it — even if your husband disagrees. Congratulations on writing for The Huffington Post! I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job! We’d love for you to submit a similar recipe to The Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal, offering a grand-prize to one lucky blogger who will tape a segment to air on national TV! If you’re interested, check out our contest page for more details. http://www.mrfood.com/Editors-Picks/Search-for-Ultimate-Weeknight-Meal-Blogger-Contest

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  16. Amy August 11, 2012 @ 12:17 am (#
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    Made this tonight. It was yummy, but mine came out wet instead of dry like the picture. What went wrong? It was still good. Kids liked it.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Amy,

    Mine was very moist and juicy and the bottom of the dish does have a bit of juice there. The bread crumbs are crispy on top, but the bottom of the dish is definitely not. :)

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  17. Cami August 16, 2012 @ 8:22 am (#
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    I made a slightly different version of this the other day & it is amazing!I was already thinking of trying it with different bread crumbs & seasonings because I just love the way it turned out so moist & creamy. so thanks for the idea! :)

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  18. Jayna August 16, 2012 @ 12:29 pm (#
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    This recipe is definitely a keeper! It is toddler and huband approved :) I also felt like it was too wet towards the bottom after it was done, so I poured off the liquid as best as I could, popped it back in the oven for another 5 minutes and it was prefectly crispy and crunchy. I also did not use any cooking spray over the top and used an entire packet of ranch dressing mix. Thanks for a great weeknight dinner recipe. This is getting added to our meal rotations :)

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  19. Chelsea August 24, 2012 @ 12:38 pm (#
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    mmm!! Looks great. Desperately needed a new chicken recipe too, thanks!!

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  20. Amber September 7, 2012 @ 12:47 pm (#
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    Best recipe ever!!!!! My husband could not stop eating it and talking about how good this meal was. It was the most simple recipe I have ever used and took about 35 min including both prep and baking time

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  21. Eva October 3, 2012 @ 3:02 pm (#
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    Made this for dinner tonight. I used the whole Ranch dressing packet – it seemed to be about 2 tablespoons. I also doubled the cheese on accident but that was a good accident. I had to broil it on high for a couple of minutes at the end because my bread crumbs were still white. Loved it! Simple and yummy!

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  22. Diana October 13, 2012 @ 12:05 pm (#
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    Love it! I may add a few bacon bits on this one!

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  23. Jill October 16, 2012 @ 6:12 pm (#
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    Made this for dinner tonight. It was sooooo good. I might try cutting back on the ranch mix a bit next time. Tasted just a little too salty.

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  24. Lisa December 29, 2012 @ 6:57 pm (#
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    I made this tonight for dinner and it was a hit. I only had Fiesta Ranch powder so I used that and it was delicious.

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  25. Bree {Skinny Mommy} January 2, 2013 @ 8:59 am (#
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    Wow this looks like a winner! I want to try and skinny it up I love it so much!

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    Karly Reply:

    Haha! I’ve been meaning to try it with greek yogurt instead of mayo, but haven’t had a chance yet. If you do skinny it up (haha!), I’d love to hear what you do and how you like it!

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  26. Mary Jane January 7, 2013 @ 8:36 am (#
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    We didn’t like this at all! The chicken did come out very moist, but we ended up scrapping every thing off the top of it

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    Karly Reply:

    Oh, no! Sorry to hear that!

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  27. Quinn February 26, 2013 @ 7:43 pm (#
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    Wow, SO GOOD! I made it a few months ago and loved it. Made it again tonight and it reminded me why I craved it so much afterward. Delish!! I love the tang the ranch gives with the sharpness of the cheddar. It usually takes about 45 minutes in the oven for me but comes out moist and very flavorful. This has been bookmarked and will be made often.

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  28. Rowanvamp0 April 24, 2013 @ 2:18 am (#
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    I’m wanting to make this tonight but have a question about the Panko bread crumbs. I don’t have any in my pantry but I do have regular breadcrumbs could I use it the same way in this recipe?

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    Karly Reply:

    Hi there!

    Sorry for the late response…I’ve been traveling! :)

    Yes, I think regular breadcrumbs would work fine, however the panko really does make things extra crunchy and delicious. If you’re in a pinch, the regular ones will work fine, though.

    Hope you enjoy!
    Karly

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  29. Kristin May 13, 2013 @ 7:49 pm (#
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    Made this tonight – will totally be making this again. It was fool proof and delicious. I used FF mayo and added “real bacon” to the mix. The panko on top added a nice texture.

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  30. Julia May 22, 2013 @ 10:09 pm (#
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    Hi! Quick question. Is the cheese flavor predominant here? My brother doesn’t really like cheese, so I’m worried this will be too “cheesy”.

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    Karly Reply:

    Hi Julia!

    As someone who LOVES cheese, I don’t think this is super cheesy. You can always adjust the amount, though. It comes out to about 1 tablespoon of grated cheese per breast, so I think it’s pretty mellow.

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  31. Megan May 24, 2013 @ 4:25 pm (#
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    We make this at least twice a month! Love it! Do you think you could do it in the crockpot?

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    Karly Reply:

    Hmm, I think the crunchy topping might get soggy, but I don’t know. I’ve never tried putting bread crumbs in the crockpot before. If you try it, please let me know how it works!

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  32. Jana Halls May 30, 2013 @ 4:27 pm (#
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    I want to make this tonight and have all of the ingredients but the dry ranch seasoning. Would it work with regular ranch dressing instead?

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    Karly Reply:

    If you try it with regular ranch, I’d probably just use the ranch dressing instead of the mayo. No guarantees as I haven’t tried this myself. Otherwise, try making your own ranch powder. There are recipes all over the internet! :)

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  33. Yvonne Rodriguez June 13, 2013 @ 9:16 am (#
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    I tried this out last night and it was soooooo good!! Thanks for the recipe.

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  34. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 27, 2013 @ 8:48 am (#
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    Whoa – so making this for dinner tonight! Jason will LOVE this!

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    Karly Reply:

    It’s one of our favorites!

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  35. Becca Anderson August 1, 2013 @ 7:06 pm (#
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    I made this recipe tonight for dinner & it was a huge hit even with my picky eaters. I would recommend everyone make this recipe. You won’t regret it. Delicious!

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    Karly Reply:

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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  36. Pam August 2, 2013 @ 12:15 pm (#
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    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and now your blog, you have a new follower! I made this for dinner today, hubby and I loved it! It was very moist and flavorful, there was just enough crunch from the Panko. I will definitely be adding this to my monthly meal plan. Thanks!

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    Karly Reply:

    So glad you liked it!

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  37. Susie August 5, 2013 @ 4:02 pm (#
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    Hey! I was wondering if I could substitute pork chops for chicken? Any thoughts? Thanks! Can’t wait to try :)

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    Karly Reply:

    I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure it would work! Just adjust the baking time if needed.

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  38. Cori August 15, 2013 @ 8:51 pm (#
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    Made this tonight with Greek yogurt and it turned out wonderful. Thanks!

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  39. Star Davis August 19, 2013 @ 7:34 pm (#
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    I made this tonight — it was delicious! Just wanted to say thank you for the recipe!!!! ;)

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    Karly Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed it!

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  40. Amy October 29, 2013 @ 10:43 pm (#
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    This was delicious! I would not change proportions. YUM!!!

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  41. Jenae February 26, 2014 @ 6:53 pm (#
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    I made this and it was absolutely delicious. My husband and son loved it too. I had the left-over piece for lunch the next day and it was even better!

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  42. Claire March 9, 2014 @ 4:42 am (#
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    Just made a variation of this – swapped out the ranch seasoning for dry french onion soup mix (as ranch seasoning is not readily available in Australia), used multigrain breadcrumbs instead of panko, and diced the chicken instead of baking the fillet whole. Served it up with some home-made potato and sweet potato fries. Delicious! Thanks for an easy meal idea!

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  43. CRains April 8, 2014 @ 9:33 pm (#
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    What an aweaome recipe! Made this tonight and the family loved it! I’ll be honest though: I have never used Panko bread crumbs before, and the little guy and I thought they smelled pretty boring, so we used crushed Ritz crackers instead. Yum!!! Though I might go with a low-sodium Ritz cracker next time. Will definitely be making again!!

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    Karly Reply:

    @CRains,

    Glad to hear you liked it! Panko doesn’t have a ton of flavor, but it’s very crunchy. With all of the flavor from the Ranch seasoning, it works nicely. :) I’m sure Ritz were great too!

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