Sunday, October 13, 2013

Healthy and Easy Ranch Parmesan Chicken


Since this recipe contains just a few ingredients, it's really imperative to use quality ingredients. I didn't have time (nor the energy) to make homemade ranch dressing, so I asked a few friends, and it was a unanimous vote between Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Ranch and Marzetti's Simple Dressed Ranch dressings (both located in the refrigerated section by the produce). I checked out both at the grocery store, and both had more natural ingredients and were around the same nutritional value. I ended up picking Bolthouse because I was intrigued that they used yogurt to make their Ranch. Oh boy, this ranch was delicious! It didn't taste artificial, and I started using ranch on everything!

I edited this recipe by having my chicken breasts marinate in the ranch dressing all day while we were at work. Not sure if this was the key, but my chicken baked up so moist and flavorful. Definitely encourage this step. Also, the original recipe said to pour melted butter on top, but to make it a little healthier, I sprayed my chicken breasts with Misto cooking spray, and it made it nice and crispy on top.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx 4 lbs)
  • 1-1.5 cups prepared Ranch dressing (we love Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Ranch dressing)
  • Misto olive oil cooking spray or 1/2 cup melted butter 

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set oven rack to lowest position. Line a baking sheet with foil, and lightly grease it with cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Dip the chicken into the Ranch dressing, then coat it in the breadcrumb mixture; Press the breading onto the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with other chicken breasts.
  5. Spray your chicken breasts with the Misto cooking spray, or add melted butter on top.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, until chicken is done and the breading has turned golden brown. 

Prep ahead: Marinate your chicken in the Ranch dressing. I let mine marinate all day while I was at work, and then coated them when I got home.

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