Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken

8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken is a wonderfully flavorful weeknight dinner with juicy chicken coated in ranch mix and wrapped in crispy bacon.

This amazing Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken is a simple and delicious way to add some extra flavor and texture to a regular Baked Chicken Recipe. It’s an amazing Weeknight Meal that is sure to be a family favorite. So are Brown Sugar Garlic Oven Baked Pork Chops and the yummy Swiss Steak Noodles

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This Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken recipe is sure to impress anyone who tries it, but it’s also super easy to make. The simple recipe is prepared with a Ranch Seasoning Mix to coat the chicken, and each piece of chicken is wrapped in bacon. Then it’s all put in the oven. After the cooking time, the chicken will be baked through and juicy while the bacon is wonderfully crisp around the outside. 

The combination of bacon and ranch are two flavors that go together perfectly. By using the salad dressing mix, you can easily get that tangy flavor throughout your entire chicken dish. Then the bacon adds a salty and sweet flavor to the Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken that’s absolutely irresistible. It’s the ultimate crowd-pleasing dinner dish!

For a complete meal, serve Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken with your favorite dinner side dishes. The chicken dish would taste amazing with some comforting sides like Mashed Potatoes and Fluffy Dinner Rolls. Then just finish the whole meal off with some vegetables like Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Sautéed Green Beans

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How to Make Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken

Making this dish is so easy! And the final product is very delicious! It’s a simple matter of assembling the ingredients, coating with savory spices, and baking until perfect. Check it out! 

  • Prep time: All you have to do to prep this recipe is get out your ingredients and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. If the chicken breasts are frozen make sure you give them enough time to thaw before starting the cooking process.
  • Season chicken: Add the chicken, oil, salt, pepper, and ranch seasoning to a large bowl. Mix until the chicken pieces are all coated in the ranch mixture. Then wrap each piece in a bacon strip, and place them onto your baking dish.
  • Bake Time: Pop the dish in the oven for a 25 to 30 minute cooking time. You should be able to see the cooked bacon on the outside, but you might want to double-check the chicken has baked through using a meat thermometer. If the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees the Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken is safe to eat. Enjoy with yummy sides!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts? 

Absolutely! The cooking time may vary based on the thickness of the chicken and whether you use bone-in or boneless thighs. At 20 minutes, check the internal temperature of the chicken using a kitchen thermometer. It’s ready when cooked to 165 degrees F. 

Can I use liquid Ranch instead of powdered Ranch? 

It’s not recommended. The secret to getting the best flavor is in using the dry rub. Bonus points if you can make your own Ranch Seasoning Mix

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Key Ingredients in Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken

  • Chicken: We are using chicken breasts in this recipe. 
  • Bacon: For this recipe, you’ll need 8 uncooked slices of bacon. Simply wrap the bacon around the outside of each piece of chicken. During the oven time, it cooks through and crisps up for an amazing outside layer to the Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken that everyone will love. 
  • Ranch Seasoning: Instead of dipping the chicken in Creamy Ranch Sauce, we’ve coated the chicken breasts in a dry ranch seasoning mix. The chicken coating is an easy way to get all the flavor you want baked directly into the recipe. Of course, if you really, really love ranch dressing, you can always use it as a dip too!
  • Vegetable Oil: The vegetable oil mixes with the dressing mix, salt, and pepper, and helps the dry ingredients to stick to the outside of the chicken breasts. Without it, the seasoning would easily fall off the chicken. 

Alternative Cooking Methods for Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken

  • Air Fryer Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken: The air fryer is a great way to cook your chicken! Assemble the thawed bacon and chicken according to the recipe. Place it into the air fryer. Cook on medium or 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Flip the chicken at 6 minutes. It is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Grilled Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken: Nothing beats the smokey flavors of fire grilled chicken! Heat the grill up. Place a strip of tin foil onto the grill to catch the dripping bacon grease which will avoid a fire. Place the chicken on the tin foil and grill for 10-12 minutes, flipping the chicken over at 5 minutes. It is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. 

Variations on Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken

  • Cheesy Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken: If there’s one thing that’s even better than bacon and ranch, it’s bacon, ranch, and cheese. Try topping the Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken recipe off with shredded cheese, like cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, Swiss cheese, or mozzarella cheese. If you’re a cheese lover, then this version is sure to hit the spot. 
  • Seasonings: Along with the ranch seasonings, you can add some extra flavors to the Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken coating with other seasonings. Fresh parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, or even a dash of cayenne pepper would taste amazing. 
  • Lunch Meal: By taking the cooked chicken, you can bundle it up into a tortilla along with fresh veggies and your favorite sauce for a delicious wrap. Or, you can slice it thin and put it on a brioche bun with onion and lettuce for a delectable chicken sandwich!  

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HOW TO STORE

  • Serve: Don’t leave this Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken recipe at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • Store: If you have any leftover Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken, you can put it in an airtight container or cover it in plastic wrap to store in the fridge for 3-5 days. 
  • Freeze: You can also seal the chicken in a freezer-safe container and keep it in the freezer for up to 4 months. 
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Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken

Baked Bacon Ranch Chicken is a wonderfully flavorful weeknight dinner with juicy chicken coated in ranch mix and wrapped in crispy bacon.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 chicken breasts , halved
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 8 strips bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add the chicken, oil, salt, pepper, and ranch dressing mix to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Wrap each piece of chicken with a strip of bacon and place onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the chicken is cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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