Bacon Ranch Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner recipe made with just a handful of ingredients including cheese and bacon! This will be your new family favorite!
BACON RANCH CHICKEN
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Easy weeknight meals are always in demand. We have busy lives and need to make home cooked meals in a jiffy. Bacon Ranch Chicken will be your new favorite solution. Made with less than 10 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator, you’ll be eating it at least once a week!
Mayonnaise chicken has been a family meal staple since the 1950’s. It helps keep the chicken nice and juicy, while also adding loads of flavor. Additionally, mayonnaise is made from eggs and is therefore the perfect ingredient to use for the base. It holds the rest of the ingredients together instead of letting them slide right off. With cheese baked right in, it is full of cheesy goodness.
And what goes better with cheddar and ranch than bacon? Nothing! They are like spaghetti and meatballs or peanut butter and jelly. Even take it one step further and add additional cheese to the top after baking for ultra cheesy goodness. My husband also likes a side dipping sauce of ranch dressing.
Serve with a leafy green side salad or simply steamed vegetables and a dinner and you are all set! A meal your whole family will enjoy in just 30 minutes! If you need more easy chicken recipes, check out my Lemon Garlic Chicken or French Onion Chicken Casserole!
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons dry Ranch seasoning
- 2-6 tablespoons bread crumbs with Italian seasoning
- 4 tablespoons bacon, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, garlic, 2 tablespoons dry Ranch seasoning and cheddar cheese.
- Lay each breast on a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and tenderize until ½ inch thick. Repeat with each breast. Transfer to a baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
- Season each chicken breast with fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Divide mayonnaise mixture evenly on each chicken breast, spreading out to the edges.
- Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and top each breast with bread crumbs, pressing down lightly to “catch”. The size of your chicken breasts will determine the amount of bread crumbs you use.
- Return to oven and bake for additional 15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Cooking time might even be less depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
- Remove, top with bacon and serve!