Bacon Ranch Baked Chicken

I am sure you know that a bit of mayonnaise makes everything better. It’s no secret. And that rings true with mayonnaise chicken recipes.

bacon ranch chicken with asparagus


 

Think of my Bacon Ranch Baked Chicken as mayo chicken with a fantastically flavorful makeover.

Bacon Ranch Chicken is an easy baked chicken recipe using a creamy mayonnaise base with bacon and ranch seasoning.

Quick dinner ideas are always in demand. We lead busy lives and also need to get food on the table. All too often, ordering out is a quick fix.

But when at all possible, a homemade meal is fantastic. What’s even more fantastic is when they can be made in a jiffy.

bacon ranch chicken ingredients

Bacon Ranch Chicken will quickly be your new favorite. It came like a lightbulb after making my Garlic Parmesan Chicken recipe.

With less than 10 ingredients, many of which you probably already have sitting in your pantry and your fridge, you’ll be eating it at least once a week!

ingredients for bacon ranch chicken

Mayonnaise chicken has been a family meal staple since the 1950’s. For those of you that are uninitiated, coating chicken in mayo and then baking it gives you a nice flavorful bite every time. Some just call is Hellman’s chicken.

Made from eggs and oil, mayonnaise is basically creamy moisture. Seal your chicken breast or chicken thighs in moisture and bake and you get amazingly tender meat without any extra steps like brining or basting.

bacon ranch chicken with topping

Not only does it give you that juicy bite, but it gives the chicken flavor. Best of all, you can add things to the mayonnaise to give it even more flavor.

The texture of the mayo means it will grab onto other ingredients that may have slid right off the chicken without it.

breading on top of bacon ranch chicken

This recipe takes all those elements and rearranges them into a completely different dish that’s perfectly at home at the dinner table.

I love a good chicken club sandwich and for me that means cheddar, bacon, and ranch dressing. That flavor combination is winning almost like spaghetti and meatballs or peanut butter and jelly.

raw bacon ranch chicken

While ranch dressing is delicious (and my husband does ask for a side of it with this dish,) I like to use it’s powdered form. It flavors the mayo in a very simple way. So if you really like those flavors, top your cooked chicken with a dollop of ranch dressing.

You can use whatever bacon you like or whatever is in the fridge. Smoked bacon will give it a smoky edge while maple bacon will give it a sweetness that works beautifully with everything else.

A plate of food, with Bacon and Chicken

You can take it one step further and add MORE cheese on top of the chicken after baking for ultra cheesy goodness. You can even slice it and put it on a bed of greens.

If you want to go crazy, tuck it in between two sides of a roll to recreate the sandwich it was modeled after. There are no rules!

close up of bacon ranch chicken with sauce

If all of that is too, much a side of simply steamed vegetables and you have dinner all set. A tasty meal your whole family will enjoy in just 30 minutes.

ranch chicken for pinterest

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ranch mayo chicken on a serving platter
baked bacon ranch chicken with sauce

Bacon Ranch Baked Chicken

4.89 from 9 votes
Bacon Ranch Chicken is an easy baked chicken recipe using a creamy mayonnaise base with bacon and ranch seasoning.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, garlic, dry Ranch seasoning and cheddar cheese.
  • Lay each breast on a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and tenderize until ½ inch thick. Repeat with each breast. Transfer to a baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
  • Season each chicken breast with fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Divide mayonnaise mixture evenly on each chicken breast, spreading out to the edges.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and top each breast with bread crumbs, pressing down lightly to “catch”. The size of your chicken breasts will determine the amount of bread crumbs you use.
  • Return to oven and bake for additional 15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Cooking time might even be less depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
  • Remove, top with bacon and serve.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back through and let us know how you liked it! 

Nutrition

Calories: 451 kcal, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 31 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 1116 mg, Potassium: 477 mg, Vitamin A: 195 IU, Vitamin C: 1.8 mg, Calcium: 119 mg, Iron: 0.9 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 451
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken, ranch chicken
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I thought it would be weird to cook with mayo, but this was really good. I will definitely be using it more often. This came out so well!

  2. 5 stars
    My daughter and I are obsessed with anything that includes bacon and ranch, but this chicken was out of this world!

  3. 5 stars
    I love how easy this is to make and the chicken was utterly delicious and tender. Thank you for a great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I love mayo chicken, and the added flavors of the garlic, ranch, and cheese just push this over the top! Plus the bacon of course, you can’t go wrong with bacon!

  5. 5 stars
    I am totally with you on mayonnaise making everything delicious! I love that this chicken comes out perfectly baked and so tasty!