Simple Bacon Ranch Chicken

You probably saw the title “Simple Bacon Ranch Chicken” and thought to yourself, “Well, with ingredients like that, you can’t go wrong.” Right? Is that what you were thinking?

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Indeed. With ingredients like bacon, ranch, and chicken you know it’ll be a great combination of flavors. And did I mention you top it all with cheese? Mmmhmm!

Now let me get you even more excited by letting you know that these four ingredients can be put together in a dish with about 5 minutes of effort. You know that’s my favorite way to cook right now. The simpler the better – healthy whole foods with plenty of time to enjoy family time.

The last time I made this chicken dish, I let it bake while I steamed some green beans, stir-fried some asparagus, and cut up a cantaloupe. Clean up was minimal. The combination of flavors was wonderful.

TIP: If needed, put this together quickly in the morning, cover, and put it in the fridge. In the evening, slide it into the oven for an effortless meal!

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Simple Bacon Ranch Chicken
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4-6 chicken boneless breasts or thighs
  • ½ pound bacon
  • ½ cup ranch dressing*
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Lay chicken pieces in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Spread ranch dressing over the chicken.
  3. Lay strips of uncooked bacon over the ranch-covered chicken.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
  5. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 25-45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

*Find my Ranch Dressing recipe here.

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Comments

  1. pat says

    Thanks for the recipe!
    Does the bacon actually get done in that amount of time? Wondering how precooked bacon would work in this dish?

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    Laura Reply:

    It does get done, though it’s not crispy. Using precooked should be great!

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  2. Bri says

    This sounds amazing! I’d love to have a chance to experiment with all the different flours you can create with the NutriMill.

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  3. MeganC says

    So, I made this tonight with chicken breasts and, when it was time to eat, the chicken was not EVEN CLOSE to being done. :( Completely pink in the middle. Has anyone else had this problem? I just covered it in foil and am letting it bake for another 20 minutes.

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    Jen Reply:

    I know this isn’t as simple, but when I make a honey mustard chicken dish similar to this, I “butterfly” the chicken breasts to make them thinner. I then saute the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes to brown it, and fry the bacon, before assembling the dish. This gets everything done in the oven, and extra yummy in about 20 minutes. I’m basically adding prep time to accomplish a shorter cook time.

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    Laura Reply:

    I appreciate you pointing this out! I’ve edited the recipe to give a broader bake time to accommodate different thickness of chicken and different ovens. :)

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    MeganC Reply:

    Thank you, friends! I did the butterfly thing and made it again and it was wonderful! I love your recipes, Laura! :) I have been following you for six years now.

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