Cheddar Ranch Chicken is an easy to make chicken recipe that is perfect for dinner. Juicy chicken with ranch dressing and cheddar cheese on top that bakes in the oven for an easy dinner.
Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs Recipe
Cheddar ranch chicken that is baked in the oven this easy low carb chicken recipe will soon be a family favorite. Even if your family is not low carb, they are going to love this ranch chicken recipe. This ranch chicken recipe has been a staple in our meal plan for a long time and is a family favorite.
If you are looking for a quick and easy baked chicken recipe that is full of flavor then you are going to love this Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs Recipe. When I am running short on time, this Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs Recipe is quick to put together and pop in the oven to bake.
I can prep this dinner quickly or have one of the older kids prep dinner and then toss it in the oven. Then make a quick veggie or two to go with it and dinner is done!
This Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs Recipe has an amazing topping made with cheddar cheese, mayo, ranch and garlic. If you are thinking it is a little bit odd to have mayo because you don’t like mayo I will tell you that you can not even tell it was used once you bake the chicken. The mayo makes this ranch chicken recipe super moist!
Can you use chicken breasts with this recipe?
The reason I use chicken thighs when cooking is because they cook faster then chicken breasts. On busy nights I don’t have the time to prep chicken breasts or cut them thinner so they can cook faster. So my easy solution is to buy chicken thighs that are smaller, thinner and they cook much faster!
I use boneless and skinless chicken breasts the majority of the time I am making this ranch chicken recipe. I have used chicken thighs with the bone in them when I have found them on sale for a steal and the recipe works well. Just be sure to take off the skin when you are making them or the chicken will not have the flavors.
You can use chicken breasts in this recipe. To use chicken breasts for this recipe you will want to make sure they are thin sliced or you will want to bake the chicken longer to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way.
You can also use bone in chicken thighs when making this ranch chicken, we just prefer not to have to deal with the bone.
Can I use Ranch Dressing instead of powdered ranch seasoning?
If you do not have ranch powdered seasoning then you can use liquid ranch dressing, however it will add more liquid and does not have as strong of a ranch flavor.
What to serve with Ranch Chicken Thighs
When making cheddar ranch chicken for dinner, it depends on my mood for what sides I make with it. I love making veggies to go with it and a salad. Normally my go to veggies are whole roasted cauliflower, microwave baked sweet potato, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
If you are looking for more sides to go with it, my kids also love Garlic Rice (Made even easier if you use a rice cooker). If you want super simple, use a veggie steamer and make some steamed broccoli and top with butter!
Chicken Ranch Chicken Thighs Ingredients
- Chicken Thighs.
- cheddar cheese.
- ranch dressing.
If you are Keto or prefer not to use packaged ranch dressing you can easily use your favorite homemade ranch dressing instead of the package ranch dressing.
How to make Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs Recipe
It is really easy to make this ranch chicken. In a large bowl mix the ranch packet, garlic, cheese, and mayo.
Place your chicken in the baking dish. When I bake my cheddar ranch chicken in the oven I use a baking dish. I prefer to use one that is deeper because there are a lot of juices that end up at the end when you bake chicken thighs.
Then spread the mixture on top of the chicken.
Bake your chicken in the oven while you make a quick side dish and dinner is done!
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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs
- 2 pounds chicken thighs about 8 chicken thighs
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 packet ranch dressing
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- In a large bowl mix together your garlic, mayo, cheese and ranch.
- Spray a glass baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Place chicken thighs in the baking dish.
- Spread mixture on top of chicken thighs.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 400.
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Comments & Reviews
This recipe was a hit with the whole family!
michelle livingstone says
This was soooo yummy, will 100% make it again 😋
Did you make with bone-in chicken thighs and bake 30 minutes? It’s not clear.
I’m sure they could be made with boneless thighs, but I would think for only about 20 minutes.
These are boneless skinless chicken thighs. When I made the recipe I timed it for the internal temperature would reach 165°F.
I made this last night. It was pretty good. I used chicken breast instead. The only thing was that the topping did not stay on the chicken when you cut it. Was a little disappointed in that. Otherwise good flavor & i personally would cut back on the cheese and maybe had a little more mayo.I would make it again with those adjustments.
Terri Politte says
May want to try to dry off the chicken really well that works for me.
It’s ranch seasoning you use correct?
Shelly B says
I had my son make these tonight; he is still learning his way in the kitchen. They turned out excellent. We had them with a side of broccoli; however next time I will serve them with mashed potatoes and make a sauce with the leftover juice and some chicken broth. Thanks for sharing a delicious and easy recipe!
This was a hit! I used chicken breasts sliced in half and it was delicious. My husband told me to keep the recipe!
How many chicken breasts did you use?
Those look delicious!
Diane Burgess says
I made this for our dinner last night and it was awesome. I will definitely be making this recipe again.
Laurie Marlowe says
Amazing recipe! There was not a drip of the sauce left! My guys loved this! My husband said to make it once a week! Haha! We used chicken breasts and I sprinkled the chicken with paprika and pepper before adding the mixture. Perfect!!
Could I make this in the crockpot? Anyone tried it?
I haven’t tried that yet, but I will give that a try. Thanks for the idea.
Diana Riddle says
OMG. My husband and I loved them. Making again tonight. Great low carb dinner.
This recipe is a keeper! Everyone loved it!
Susan G says
Wonderful! Delicious! My family LOVED it!!
Diana Teerlink says
Do you cut the fat off the thighs? The ones I purchase have a lot of fat, but are boneless, skinless.
You can trim off excess fat, but most of it will melt while cooking & provide more flavor.
Suzanne M Cline says
My Grand Daughter says this is the best chicken she ever had in her life. She is 12 so that gives her more then a decade of expriance with chicken.
She said it was Num Num! We liked it too.
This is one of the very best Leto recipes I have tried. I did add some bacon I had in the fridge but from the very first bite I was hooked. Will definitely make this again!
Obviously keto not leto
Rachelle G. says
This was a hit with my family of four. Definitely will use this recipe again. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs.
Tammy Budd says
This was SOOO GOOD! I made it exactly like the recipe is written but used chicken breasts because that’s what I had on hand. To make a one dish meal I also threw some quartered zucchini seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, and italian seasoning on the bottom of the casserole and cooked it all together. The crust on the chicken is so good! The mayo I think serves as a tenderizer- those skeptical of putting mayo on chicken-you can’t taste it. This is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer H says
This chicken was so good!!! Very moist and flavorful and my whole family loved it. Thank you!!!
Made mine with thin chicken breasts and added real bacon pieces. Very good 😊
I added bacon to the top and it was delicious!