1/19/12

Ranch Chicken

I don't know about you moms who work outside the home, but when I leave the office, I'm STARVING. I just want to get home and eat.

But Giada didn't come and prepare a feast for us to enjoy promptly at 5 PM, so I was left the the task.

I wish I had time to simmer and roasts and souffle, but it's just not in the cards for us during the week.  I need something quick - Rachel Ray's 30 Minutes Meals sometimes seems like it will take too long.  So I was thinking of what I could do with chicken, quickly.  And preferably in the oven because A. it's less mess to clean up on the stovetop and B. it will heat up our house (as we hit a whopping 1 degree here in MN today)

Something breaded always is nice; helps keep meats from drying out, and I knew I had some Panko crumbs still in the pantry that I needed to use before the went stale.  But plain Panko... BORING!


Then I thought, why try to think of a spice combination on my own when Hidden Valley had done all the hard math for me.


This may not be a new recipe to the culinary world, but it's new in my home and got rave reviews from my (no-so) picky eaters.  Liv told me I was "a wonderful chef" and I didn't have the heart to correct her!



Preheat your over to 375.  Grab your Panko breadcrumbs (you'll need about a cup or so) and a packet of ranch seasoning.



Get out a pound of chicken breasts - I split mine in half, so the 3 pieces become 6 pieces.  This way, they actually are an appropriate portion size, though I wanted to eat TWO anyway (but didn't).  Season both sides with salt and pepper.


In two shallow dishes (I used round cake pans) mix together 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs and a whole packet on ranch mix.


Take an egg in the other pan, beat lightly.


Dredge each chicken chunk in the egg, then in the breadcrumb mix.  You will get messy, but it's all for the greater good.


Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the breadcrumbs are nicely browned and the chicken is cooked through (duh.)  
Note: this photo does not do the awesomeness of the browned breadcrumbs.  I assure you they were amazing!


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