Once fall arrives and the nights start getting cooler and the days shorter the time is right to start making delicious mouth watering fall comfort foods for family dinners. I love to gather the family around the dinner table on a cool fall night and serve a warm and hearty meal. One of my families favorite fall dishes is Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken. When I tell people the name of this dish they automatically think I’m talking about the crispy ranch oven baked chicken dish. However my ranch chicken dish is made a lot different than most ranch chicken dishes that you will find on the Internet. Once you’ve tried my recipe you won’t ever want to make it one of those ways again.The bacon and cheese combine to give this dish a rich and delectable taste that will have your family asking for it again and again.
How To Make Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 bag of Cheddar Jack or Colby Jack shredded cheese
1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix
4 pieces of uncooked bacon
1 large casserole dish
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
3. Place chicken breasts side by side in a large casserole dish.
4. Sprinkle the entire packet of ranch dressing mix all over the chicken breasts.
5. Cut the strips of bacon in half and place two pieces of bacon side by side on the top of the chicken breasts.
6. Generously sprinkle shredded cheese on the top of the chicken breasts.
7. Cover the top of the casserole dish with foil and place into the oven.
8. Cook the chicken for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.
9. After the 45 minutes are up take the chicken out of the oven and remove the foil. If any cheese stuck on the foil, sprinkle a little more shredded cheese on the chicken breasts.
10. Place the chicken breasts back into the oven without the foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
11. Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes before serving.
Serve Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken with wild or chicken flavored rice and steamed broccoli florets for a warm and filling meal on a cold fall evening.
This dish also tastes great reheated and is an excellent choice for those who like to prepare their meals ahead of time and then reheat them.
Since oven temperatures can vary always make sure your chicken is thoroughly before removing from the oven to serve. To check chicken for doneness juices should run clear when the chicken is pierced with a knife. If you have an instant read meat thermometer the internal temperature of the chicken should be 160 degrees to insure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked.