Today we take a look at the humble chicken: so common, so versatile. In fact, chicken is so common, one might even consider it “mundane.” GASP! Don’t talk about chicken that way! There are so many different ways to cook and prepare chicken, you could probably have a different recipe every night for months and still not get tired of it. Now, granted, chicken can be quite boring and bland if you don’t liven it up some. I’ve had my fair share of boring chicken. And to that I say, “NO MORE!” Let’s stand up for chicken and start finding delicious, vibrant recipes that make our tastes buds say “IS THAT REALLY CHICKEN?!”
Here at our household, we probably have chicken at least 3 times a week. Actually, I always make extra servings at dinner so that we can eat the leftovers the next day for lunch at work. So we have chicken for about 3 dinners and 3 lunches a week. Obviously, this changes from week to week. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. But the point is, we eat a lot of chicken. Chicken is cheap, easy, healthy, and when prepared correctly, delicious. My husband has bravely eaten DOZENS of various chicken recipes that I’ve cooked. He knows I like for him to be honest about his thoughts on my cooking. And sometimes, the response is just “meh”, sometimes it’s “oh that’s good!”, sometimes it’s “yeah…you don’t need to make this one again.” Last night, when I served this Ranch Cheddar Chicken, this was his response, ” OH WOW! THAT’S AWESOME! THIS IS LIKE MY FAVORITE CHICKEN RECIPE EVER!” and then he basically inhaled the rest of it, mumbling between bites, “man, that’s so good.”
I don’t know if you understand the weight of that statement, but it’s pretty hefty. Of aalllll the chicken in all its various forms that he’s eaten, this was his favorite. And…he wasn’t exaggerating. It’s that good. I scarfed mine down too, by the way, and it is definitely a recipe that I will make over and over again.
Oh and by the way, this only has 5 ingredients and only took mere minutes to prepare. You’re welcome.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup panko
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Place the chicken in a large baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ranch, and cheddar cheese. Spread on top of the chicken breasts.
- Sprinkle the panko on top and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
Source: Buns in my Oven