How to Make Easy 4-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Chicken

This cheesy ranch chicken is bound to make everyone happy. I love how quick and simple the recipe is—and who doesn't love cheese and ranch?

To create cheesy ranch chicken, the tangy, herby flavor of ranch is slathered all over chicken breasts and topped with shredded cheese. It’s the ultimate weeknight chicken recipe!

To keep the recipe quick, I opted for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can also use chicken thighs, but they will require a slightly longer cook time. And to make the recipe weeknight-friendly, I’m relying on a trusty ranch seasoning packet instead of ranch dressing.

First, it’s easier to stock up on ranch packets. Second, the sauce should be thicker than ranch dressing—the thicker it is, the better it sticks to the chicken. Plus, packets of ranch seasoning offer a better “pop” of flavor!

4-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Chicken Recipe

Be sure to sop up all the creamy ranch drippings with a hunk of hearty bread, or serve this chicken with rice and a heavy drizzle of those drippings.

Ingredients

  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Directions

Step 1: Prep the ranch coating

Heat oven to 400ºF with rack set in middle position. Lightly coat a sheet pan with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and ranch seasoning.

Step 2: Coat the chicken

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Place the chicken on a prepared sheet pan. Using a pastry brush, spread the ranch mixture over the chicken in an even layer.

Step 3: Sprinkle with cheese

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Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over the chicken.

Step 4: Bake the chicken

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Bake the chicken until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, and a thermometer inserted in the center registers 165º, about 25 minutes.

How to Serve Cheesy Ranch Chicken

This chicken recipe can go with all kinds of things, from salads and slaw to fresh sauteed broccoli. Since the oven is in use, I like to pair this cheesy chicken with Instant Pot Green Beans. Or make use of all the saucy drippings in the pan and serve this chicken over perfectly cooked rice.

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Lauren Grant
Lauren is a culinary food scientist and writer who has worked in food for more than 15 years. She has worked in numerous test kitchens including America’s Test Kitchen and Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen. In addition to running her popular recipe website, Zestful Kitchen, Lauren has also worked with leading food publications and brands. At Taste of Home, Lauren is the go-to resource for fantastic cocktail recipes. A few of the recipes she’s shared include a rhubarb gin cocktail, classic negroni and bourbon apple cider. Looking for more cocktail ideas? Lauren re-creates her favorites on her Instagram every Friday.