One of my favorite ingredients is ranch dressing. And not just the dressing from the bottle. I use the powder form too! Don’t judge. Everyone loves ranch dressing. Ranch dressing spans all age groups too! For example:
- Will (age 6) will actually eat almost any raw vegetable if he has a ranch dipper. He also prefers his corn dogs, French fries, and grilled cheese with ranch too.
- Maddie (age 9) eats salad and vegetables with ranch. She even invented a term called “ranch-up” which is ranch and ketchup mixed together and that is basically good with everything.
- Molly & John (age 20) God help the calzone and pizza delivery guy who forgot a ranch dipper at 1am.
- Molly & John (age 39) still appreciate ranch with pizza….among other things like taco soup and ranch chicken. “Ranch-e-que” and “salsa ranch” are dressing household favorites!
It is way too hot to even speak about taco soup so let me share a recipe my ENTIRE family loves. We call it Ranch Chicken. Actually I think that is what Pinterest calls it. The reality is that I despise Pinterest. It makes me feel bad about myself. I don’t need to see all the kid crafts, organic smoothies and landscape projects that people like. Don’t even get me started on the planning charts, summer reading lists and “101 Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids”. As much as I hate Pinterest, I do go on it every now and then if I am totally bored and about 5% or less of the recipes I have made from it are edible. This is one of them.
Ranch Chicken (in my own words since I don’t really use an official recipe)
- Chicken Breasts
- Hidden Valley Ranch powder packet
- Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup or whatever you want)
- Corn Flakes
- Pre-heat your oven to whatever temp you cook chicken on. I usually do 375.
- Melt some butter. May be like half a stick.
- Fill about 1/3 of a gallon zip lock bag with corn flakes. Pour the ranch powder packet in the bag with the corn flakes and smack it with a cook book to mix it all up and crunch up the Corn Flakes.
- Dip a piece of chicken in butter just enough to coat it. Then put the chicken the zip lock mixture and shake to coat. Coat it well for goodness sakes.
- Place the chicken breasts on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle the extra cornflake mixture right on top of each piece of chicken.
- Cook until chicken is cooked…45 minutes? You might need to put tin foil over it at the end if your topping is burning. Mine never does really.
We eat this with corn on the cob and usually a salad with what else…ranch dressing! I know powder ranch dressing is full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. So make sure you get organic chicken, butter, cheese, corn and lettuce for everything else if you are judging me. I actually do try to get organic everything if it’s available. But there is no substituting Hidden Valley. That is just wrong.