February 10, 2012

Kittencal's Ranch-Parmesan Chicken

Well, the use of ranch dip continues. I did a search on food.com the other day for recipes that use ranch dressing and found this delicious chicken dish. Let tell you, anytime you dip something in ranch and/or breading it's gonna be good. This recipe required both. It. was. phenomenal.

Kittencal's Ranch-Parmesan Chicken
From: food.com

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup dry breadcrumbs (even better, use panko breadcrumbs)
¼-1⁄3; cup parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
½-1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½-1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup prepared ranch salad dressing (use bottled salad dressing, you might need a bit more dressing)
¼ cup melted butter (no substitutes)

Set oven to 400° degrees (set oven rack to lowest position).

Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

In a shallow bowl mix together the dry breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

Dip the chicken into the ranch dressing to coat both sides (allow any excess to drip off).

Coat in the breadcrumb mixture.

Place in a single layer onto a greased baking sheet or line with non-stick foil (do NOT bake in a smaller baking dish or the bottom of the chicken will be soggy).

Lightly drizzle the melted butter over each breast (for low-fat option omit the butter or use a diet alternative).

If desired you can sprinkle black pepper over the chicken pieces .

Bake uncovered for about 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked).

The Result:
Fan-freakin'-tastic! I ended up using some whole wheat, homemade breadcrumbs with a wee bit of flax meal mixed in. I wanted to make them slightly more healthful to ease my guilty conscience. My kids LOVED this chicken. All three of them had second helpings, which is pretty darn amazing. My son is a notoriously difficult eater these days, so getting him to finish anything on his plate is nothing short of amazing. I didn't have to prod or nag to get him to polish his entire dinner off and ask for more. I was a happy mommy!

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