Friday, October 14, 2011

Ranch Parmesan Chicken

(I didn't have time for any fancy photo because dinner was running late. Someone might have forgotten to turn the oven on. Food typically cooks better in an oven that has been turned on. Oh and something weird happened when I uploaded the pictures and this is underlined along with some other weird issues that obviously have to do with html. I don't know how to fix that kind of stuff!!)

This was a hit with the family! Well, minus Luke who doesn't like anything I cook unless it comes in the form of a baked good. I asked him several times what he didn't like about it and he couldn't give me an answer. I think he just chooses not to like it whether or not he likes it... does that make sense? I will definitely be making these again and again! I'm thinking about trying them as nuggets and I might could get Luke to eat them!

I used chicken tenderloins for this but you could also use chicken breast. Don't you love a good picture of raw chicken? Marinate chicken in dressing (have you tried making your own?) for at least 1/2 hour. I let mine go for about an hour.

Mix your breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings. I like to use my pie plate for things like this. It makes it easy to dredge! For my breadcrumbs, I used 4 slices of whole wheat bread that I toasted for about 5 minutes in the oven, then put in my little chopper thingy... you know what that is right?

Lay all of your chicken into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Try not to let them touch, though that's not easy as you can see in my picture! The little bit of space between them helps them to get crispy on the bottom! Oh and don't forget to soak your hands in clorox and then scour them under hot water since you were handling raw chicken... and then clorox every surface of your kitchen! Just kidding....

Sort of.

Pop them into the oven and cook for about 25 minutes. They come out nice and crispy! So easy!

Ranch Parmesan Chicken (adapted from The Baking Beauties)

10-12 chicken tenderloins (or 4 chicken breast)
1 cup ranch dressing
1 and 1/4 cups bread crumbs
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp seasoning salt (I use Lowry's)
1/2 tsp pepper

Marinate chicken in ranch dressing for at least 1/2 hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a 9 x 13 in baking dish. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasonings together. Coat chicken in breadcrumb mixture, letting excess dressing drip off before dredging. Lay chicken down in a single layer, trying not to let the chicken touch. Bake at 400 for 25-35 minutes or until chicken is done (this will depend on whether or not you use tenders or breast).


Liz said...

Those look delish! My son decides what he likes and doesn't like, too. I totally understand. And lately he has an aversion to any sort of melted cheese. What kind of child doesn't like cheese, seriously?! lol

Anonymous said...

We LOVE ranch chicken at my house! It's the only way my husband will eat ranch anything. He kinda has an aversion to it for some reason. LOL.

Unknown said...

Crystal this looks delicious! Glad to run across your blog. I really should be better about asking other Moms' names at club…..Crystal, now I know! :-) We'll have to try out this recipe soon! Have a great week!

Tiffany said...

Mmm, this sounds and looks delicious! I will definitely be adding it to my menu plans in the future. Thank you for sharining!