A Recipe For Ranch Chicken

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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!):

Ranch Chicken


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts (mine were LARGE, so 3 was plenty cut up into strips)

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  • 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


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Pour oil to cover the bottom of your skillet and set on medium-high heat.

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Pour some ranch dressing on a plate (or in a bowl).  Mix bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings in a shallow bowl.

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Dip chicken in the dressing and then coat in the bread crumbs, and place in pre-heated skillet.

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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.

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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.

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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! :-)

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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!


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  1. Brenda Watkins says

    My “One Good Thing By Me” for a day would be……………
    *Tips for sharing with my friends would be a couple of things.
    -Keeping it simple is best as I don’t want to overwhelm them with too much information. It just gets forgotten.
    -What I would share would be a recipe and a great household tip. They are the best!

    Recipes are great, so most of the people I would assume are like me and love great hardy meals in the winter and in the summer a wonderful light barbecue idea. (Hardy meal- layered in the crock pot your lasagna ingredients and keep on low all day. Make a fresh salad, and top it off with a great loaf of french bread. My family loves this and thinks of it as a treat!). (Barbecue meal- we are venison eaters and this meat tends to get dry when barbecuing, so I have learned this great idea……….drum roll please…….. I spray each steak with Pam or olive oil in a spray bottle and then sprinkle on any seasonings. This helps keep the seasoning on the meat also. *If you have ever barbecued boneless chicken breast, this works on chicken also.)
    Now for my household tip. I love clean kitchen floors. This is what I do after the dinner meal. I sweep the floor after all the dishes are in the dishwasher and the counter tops are cleaned up and the table is wiped off. I then take my cleaner, you can use what you like, but I love Simple Green. It smells so good and cuts grease like crazy. I wet down a cotton rag with hot water and spray in sections the floor with the Simple Green and with the folded cotton rag I take my shoes off and put my foot on the cotton cloth and start cleaning. My legs get a work out, I get a clean floor, and the kitchen smells fresh. My floor is clean for the next day, in case someone stops by and we have coffee.
    That is how I would be “One Good Thing By Me” for a day…………

    Thanks Jillee for this fun giveaway! I think this is a great way to read through the posts and get some great ideas.

    • says

      Before we got the hardwood floors we have now, I used to “sock skate” with my kids. I’d use a non-toxic cleaner, put white socks on everyone and some fun music, and we’d clean the floor together. :)

  2. Amy B says

    My one good thing is a simple…full of flavor marinade recipe my Dad had used at every family event. California Marinade: 2 cups oil , 1 1/2 cups soy sauce , 1 cup lemon juice (fresh is best) ,1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce , 1/2 cup yellow mustard (not dry mustard) , 2 tsp coarsly ground pepper, 4 cloves garlic-chopped. Mix everything together and marinate meat, chicken or pork at least 2 hours (overnight is best) Grill, broil or bake as usual and enjoy! Make sure you throw out any marinade that has been used. Any unused marinade can be frozen.

  3. Amy H. says

    My “one good thing” and lifesaver recently has been baby leg warmers- made from women’s crew (for newborns) and knee high (for older babies, or just chunky ones!;)) socks!! They streamline diaper and outfit changes, are perfect for those multiple well baby visit at the doctor’s where they are constantly being dressed and undressed, and importantly- they’re so stinkin’ cute!! ;) and super budget friendly because one pair can be made from socks picked up at the dollar store or Target for only $1-2

  4. Shelley says

    Two tips that were handed down to me from my mom:
    1. Whenever you are making a recipe, whether it be cookies or a roast, measure all ingredients
    and have them ready before beginning. That way, while you are creating your masterpiece,
    you aren’t constantly distracted and the process goes much smoother.
    2. Wash your sheets the same day every week. That way not only does it become habit, you
    aren’t left scratching your head trying to remember the last time they were washed! As an
    extra special treat on clean sheet day, spray your sheets and pillows with Jillee’s homemade
    essential oil Lavender spray! :)

  5. Catrina mathis says

    My one good thing is a recipe. My husband fell in love with a name brand bread mix….tastefully simples bread….for just over $8 they send you a mix you add herbs cheese and carbonated beverage. It is wonderful but ridiculously expensive. So I made my own. the basic recipe is
    3 cups self rising flour ( I pre mix my own in 5 lb batches. 1 cup of white flour 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 1/2 baking powder)
    3 tablespoons of sugar
    1 12 oz. carbonated beverage (7 up or ginger ale work well but you can use any beverage that is carbonated and not sugar free you need the sugar to raise the bread)
    Stir with a wooden or plastic spoon (no metal)
    Place in greased bread pan in preheated oven to 350. Bake for 45 ~ 50 min till done in the middle and golden brown.

    I add garlic salt grated cheddar and mrs dash seasoning to my bread for italian meal and chili.(about one cup of cheese I don’t ever measure out the seasoning)

    For the kids I use orange strawberry or grape soda. And serve it with peanut butter and jelly its always a hit.

  6. says

    I would love to learn how to make regular bought at the store lotion from scratch. I don’t know how, but I searched the internet and it came up with salves and body butter but nothing that quite fit the consistency of plain ol’ regular lotion.

  7. michelle says

    I have a tip I have been using for many years. I enjoy hand washing dishes( ya kooky i know) …I used to go through a ton of liquid dish detergent. One time i bought some and had a small amount left in my old bottle.. and i saw the words “ultra concentrated” on the new bottle. so i poured half the new bottle into the old bottle and topped the 2 bottles off with water. I gently shook them to mix and viola! I had 2 bottles for the price of one!. I used the new liquid the exact same amount as i usually do and it did the trick!…so now..i do this all the time…and works like a charm!

  8. Pamela says

    My best tip I have to offer & one I follow religiously is to complete important & necessary tasks one full day before you think you should. I can’t tell you how many times “something” came up & if I hadn’t followed my own advice, I would have been up the creek without a paddle. I utilize this concept every day – grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, packing for a trip, everything.

    Thanks for all your tips, btw. I Love your site!!

    • TRIXIE says

      Great advice! I’m getting ready to fill out my calendar for the rest of the month and I’m going to see if I can’t implement this plan. Thank you for sharing :)

  9. says

    If I were you for a day, I would write a tip about the value of volunteering. I do arts and crafts at a nursing home and I can not tell you how much I enjoy my time there and look forward to my next visit. There are so many different ways to volunteer and you can match your interests to the best place for you. There are also many benefits to volunteering. It gets your mind off of yourself and your problems. It makes you appreciate the blessings you have in your life. It evens helps combat depression! Plus more!

    • Tamsin says

      I am so instantly inspired by your post! All the benefits you have mentioned could really help me in my very recent and serious pursuit to improve myself and my life and I love older people and arts and crafts!!! I think you might have actually helped me find my passion in life :D could you give me a few ideas on what to have us make together to get me started?? Thank you!!!

      • Beth Sherrill says

        Lap robes, quilted or knit or crocheted they can use, or share. Walker/ wheel chair pockets for carrying stuff. Depending on your population, even just squares of knitting or crochet to be made into blankets for the homeless. It is also just fun to paint, scrapbook, make little things from sculpy clay too decorate their rooms.

  10. says

    I am new to your website and LOVE it!

    I honestly don’t have any ingenuitive ideas for you because I think you do pretty well without my help and my ideas would pale in comparison to yours! ;)

    I probably won’t win but here I am putting my name in the hat!

    Have a great day!

    • Colleen says

      I found a gluten free panko bread crumbs and will use it for this recipe. Thanks gotta try it soon.

    • says

      Your friends would eat steel wool if yo were to dress it with ranch dressing you tree hugger.

      Remember me?

      You left me but I see you every day!