Yesterday I got thinking about the GREAT IDEAS that come from all of you in the form of emails and comments on the website and I realized another “One Good Thing By YOU” Giveaway was WAY overdue! :-) I just LOVE doing these! (More at the end of the post.)
As I was looking over some of the “good things” submitted in previous contests…I ran across this recipe from Elizabeth for Ranch Chicken. I had saved it because it sounded like it would be right up my family’s taste alley…and yesterday decided to give it a try for Sunday dinner.
Happily, I was right! It was quickly gobbled up by the hubster, myself, No. 2 and 3 sons, my nephew Nate and his daughter Maya who dropped by, and my sister Rebecca who also conveniently popped in just as dinner was being served. ;-)
This recipe is very similar to my Parmesan Chicken recipe that is a FAVORITE around here, but the addition of the ranch dressing gave it such a wonderful flavor and the chicken was SO MOIST! Definitely no need for a knife to cut this! A fork will do quite nicely.
Here is the recipe for Ranch Chicken that Elizabeth credits to her mother-in-law (yay for mother-in-laws who are good cooks!):
- 3-4 boneless chicken breasts (mine were LARGE, so 3 was plenty cut up into strips)
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- Italian seasoning, to taste
- 1 cup ranch dressing (I made my own, but you could used bottled as well)
- oil for cooking
Pour oil to cover the bottom of your skillet and set on medium-high heat.
Pour some ranch dressing on a plate (or in a bowl). Mix bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings in a shallow bowl.
Dip chicken in the dressing and then coat in the bread crumbs, and place in pre-heated skillet.
Turn halfway through cooking. Cook until no longer pink in the middle.
The main change I made to Elizabeth’s recipe was based on the need to make it gluten-free. I substituted the Panko crumbs (which are wonderful if you don’t need to make it GF!) for my own Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs made from gluten-free bread. CLICK HERE for the bread crumbs recipe.
I also substituted SHREDDED Parmesan cheese for GRATED, because that’s what I had on hand and I didn’t want to go to the store. But next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time!) I will try the grated cheese because I think it would make this delicious recipe even MORE delicious! I might also try baking it in the oven next time….just to see which way we like it better.
Now…for MORE delicious stuff…A GIVEAWAY! Announcing VOLUME FOUR of “One Good Thing By YOU!” All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us what YOUR “One Good Thing” would be if you were ME for a day! It can be a tip, technique, recipe, craft, etc! The possibilities are limitless!
Just leave it as a comment below, and myself and a “distinguished panel of judges” will pick ten finalists that will each receive a $15 Amazon gift card, and one winner who will receive a $150 Amazon gift card! PLUS, I will feature the winning ideas in a future post! :-)
So don’t delay! Put those thinking caps on and get busy commenting! There is no limit to the ideas you can post, just make sure they are each in a separate comment. The finalists and the winner (along with their winning ideas!) will be posted this
Friday, January 11th! Good luck everyone!
UPDATE: The winners and winning ideas will be posted on SATURDAY, JANUARY 12TH! I apologize for the delay!