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Ritz Cracker Chicken

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Basically 3 ingredients! Such a simple no-fail chicken recipe! You’ll be shocked out how easy it is, and how moist the chicken turns out! I cook my husband all sorts of complex time-consuming dinners… and this one (the easiest no-brainer of them all) is one of his absolute favorites- go figure! hehe All my friends have tried it & their families LOVE it! ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1 bottle Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1 box Ritz Crackers (Crushed Up)
  • 1 dash Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 dash Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
  • 1 dash Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (375 if you want to substitute 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts -instead of the tenderloins- I usually pound mine out a bit if I use the full breast- EITHER way works great!)

Grease a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish, and then set up an assembly line:

I Pour the Ranch onto a large Plate, and next to that I have a plate of Crushed up Ritz Crackers. Last I have the greased Pyrex dish ready to go.

I season my chicken w/ Salt & Pepper (add the OPTIONAL Cayenne if you like a little kick- but it’s definitely not necessary) I originally made the recipe w/ just Salt & Pepper.

Next, dip the seasoned chicken into the ranch ‘bath’ and coat well. Then it’s onto the Ritz cracker bits! Make sure you roll it around until it’s completely covered… you won’t regret it!

Last, line them all up in the greased Pyrex pan. If you want to add the Optional Dash of Parmesan Cheese- go ahead and do that now. If you don’t have it- it’s also not necessary. You’ll be shocked at how tasty it is with JUST the ranch dressing/Ritz mixture.

Pop the pan in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes (if you used the tenderloins- they obviously fall on the shorter end of the cooking time frame). Just test one to make sure it’s cooked all the way through! I serve mine w/ a side salad & sweet potato fries. Use whatever floats your boat! ENJOY!

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bakingmama2be on 5.19.2010

I’m making this tonight! I love hidden valley ranch but I especially love their ranch packets that you add to sour cream so that is my version of ranch dressing. Can’t wait to eat it

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jbizzle on 8.19.2009

ive got this in the oven right now and cant wait to see what my boyfriend thinks of it….it looked yummy when i was getting it ready! if only raw chicken werent so bad for me…..haha.

oh and i discovered your blog! love ur playlist!

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tina59 on 7.26.2009

I make a version of this too, but I just crush up Cheezit style crackers and I use chicken tenderloins which I toss in a bit of egg wash or oil to make crumbs stick to chicken. It is so simple and surprisingly tender and good. Sort of low cal and very quick. We love it here.

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Val in Michigan on 7.23.2009

I thought this was really good and about as easy as they come. These had a great flavor. Perfect for a quick dinner with few ingredients. My 3 year old grandson loved them. I used regular boneless chicken breasts and cut them in strips. Baked it for about 35 minutes and it turned out great. Gotta Love Quick and Easy!

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Kristina Wiley on 7.22.2009

Honestly, there are no “exact” measurements on this… it all depends on how big the chicken breasts/tenderloins are. You can tweak it to your liking. I don’t ever use the whole bottle… I just pour more onto the plate as I need it. Just make sure each piece of chicken is coated completely. The same goes for the ritz cracker crumbles: I cover the bottom of the plate, and when it gets low I add more.

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natalie44 on 4.10.2011

My family enjoyed this also. Very moist and tasty!

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