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Ranch-Style Thighs Recipe

My family prefers oven-fried chicken to the deep-fried variety. Creamy ranch dressing makes this wonderfully crunchy chicken tender and juicy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:3-4 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2-1/4 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing


  • 1. In a shallow bowl or large resealable plastic bag, combine crumbs, Parmesan cheese, cornmeal and Italian seasoning. Dip chicken in salad dressing, then coat with crumb mixture.
  • 2. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until juices run clear. Yield: 3-4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 478 calories, 31 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 116 mg cholesterol, 549 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Reviews for Ranch-Style Thighs

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Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"Moist and delicious. I used 4 thighs, just above 2lb total. Wouldn't change a thing."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"I used boneless skinless chicken thighs that were some of the best I have ever had. I used italian flavored bred crumbs with the corn meal . The next day cold the thighs were still moist and flavorful. Ii will definitely keep this recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Yummy!!! We used boneless thighs and they came out so tender with a crispy coating. Will make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Very good & easy. We enjoyed this recipe. I doubled it so we would have leftovers. Also used boneless thighs as that's what I had on hand."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"This recipe is a winner! Excellent flavor and melt-in-your-mouth juicy chicken! My oven-baked chicken always seems to come out dry, but not with this recipe. And I love that I don't have to eat the skin to get most of the flavor."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"Yummm! So easy and delicious. I didn't have any cornmeal so I just used italian seasoned bread crumbs and added some more seasoning to it. My husband loved it! Said it was the best chicken he's had in along time!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"This was fast and easy to make and the coating was very tasty. I always appreciate recipes that use ingredients that I have on hand."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Definitely a keeper! These leg pieces came out tender on the inside, crispy and flavorful on the outside. I really appreciate how this recipe uses ingredients I almost always have on hand. Easy to prepare and throw in the oven on a busy day. I put the Parmesan cheese in with the ranch dressing by mistake, but it still came out great -- maybe even a little crispier on the coating. I think you could easily use plain mayonnaise as your dip and add powdered ranch dressing dip to the breading to make this even easier -- or make up some of the breading mix ahead and keep on hand."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"I've tried this a few times now, and we love it! In fact, I used a dill ranch dressing the first time, and I preferred that. Very easy, tasty way to prepare chicken thighs!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.