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Parmesan Ranch Chicken

This parmesan ranch chicken is a great weeknight meal that’s made with just 5 simple ingredients. Perfectly crispy, tender and flavorful every time!

parmesan crusted chicken
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Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

It’s always a good idea to have a few trusty chicken recipes in your arsenal. This parmesan ranch chicken is definitely one of our top favorites, as well as spinach and cream cheese stuffed chicken breast and baked chicken parmesan. My family goes crazy over all three!

My kids often request this parmesan ranch chicken and devour it every time it’s on the menu. The chicken is baked to perfection and comes out super tender every time. Plus it has amazing flavor and a deliciously crispy coating. Yum!

The best part about this dish is that it’s made with just 5 simple ingredients. It’s so easy to whip up and is perfect for busy weeknights. We love to serve it over rice with green beans, however there are so many sides that would taste delicious!

how to make parmesan crusted chicken

5 Simple Ingredients

  1. Crusting: For the crusting on the meat, you can use panko or breadcrumbs. You can also use crushed Ritz, tortilla chips or corn flakes for a twist.
  2. Parmesan cheese: I like the texture that grated parmesan cheese adds, however feel free to use shredded parmesan as well.
  3. Dry ranch dressing: Make sure to use a packet of the dry ranch dressing mix instead of the creamy dressing in a bottle.
  4. Butter: I use unsalted butter vs. salted butter in this recipe because the ranch dressing mix  already has salt in it.
  5. Chicken: I used 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You could use tenders as well, but you may need to adjust cooking time.
parmesan ranch chicken with green beans and rice

Cooking Tips

  • Slice chicken in half. Chicken breasts can be a bit thick, so it helps to slice each breast in half to make two chicken cutlets. The meat will cook quicker and more evenly in the oven this way.
  • Coat well. Dip the chicken in butter first, so that the coating will stick to the meat. You want all sides of the meat to be completely covered in the crumb mixture. It gives it that nice, crusty exterior.
  • Broil. For an extra crispy crust, broil for a minute or so at the end of cooking. Make sure to keep a close eye on it, you don’t want the crust to burn!
  • Let rest. Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. This keeps the meat nice and juicy, as well as makes it easier for the crust to remain intact while slicing.

What to Serve With Parmesan Ranch Chicken

parmesan crusted chicken recipe

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A plate of parmesan crusted chicken, green beans and rice

Parmesan Ranch Chicken

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This parmesan ranch chicken is a great weeknight meal that's made with just 5 simple ingredients. Perfectly crispy, tender and flavorful every time!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 6


  • ½ cup crushed tortilla chips or ritz crackers, panko or bread crumbs
  • cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons dry ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to create 6 fillets. 
    chicken on cutting board
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the crumbs, parmesan cheese and ranch. Dip chicken in the butter, and then roll in crumb mixture to coat. Place on a sheet pan. 
    parmesan ranch chicken in bowl
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through the center. Serve over brown or white rice with vegetables if desired.


Note: For an extra crispy crust, you may broil the chicken during the last minute of cooking. 
Breadcrumbs: If you don’t have any on hand, use leftover bread to make your own homemade breadcrumbs


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 218mg | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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