This is a baked chicken recipe I created as a single mother one night when the cupboard seemed bare. The kids love it, and have created their own variations. Variation: In place of dressing and mozzarella cheese, use sour cream and Cheddar cheese - slices or shredded.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the olive oil in a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • Arrange chicken in the dish, and cover with the dressing. It's best to place chicken pieces close together so that the cheese and the dressing do not burn on the bottom of the pan.

  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from heat, top with mozzarella cheese, and return to the oven. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and lightly browned and the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

543 calories; 45.8 g total fat; 103 mg cholesterol; 863 mg sodium. 3.5 g carbohydrates; 27.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
I have a recipe almost identical to this one. For those who had problems or disappointments; This is what you do: Season all sides of chicken pieces(and yes bone in chicken works!!) with salt pepper and garlic powder; or use your fave seasonings. Place in shallow dish or bowl; and use the dressing as a Marinade! and marinate for at least one hour. Then line a baking dish with foil(dull side up)remove chicken from dressing and place in foil lined pan. Then top each piece with cheese after about 45 minutes..parmesan works best for me and return to oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Prepared this way makes it a 5 star! PS remove skin from bone-in chicken pieces Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/04/2004
Blah. For this to taste better it would need too many changes. Not worth repeating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
I have a recipe almost identical to this one. For those who had problems or disappointments; This is what you do: Season all sides of chicken pieces(and yes bone in chicken works!!) with salt pepper and garlic powder; or use your fave seasonings. Place in shallow dish or bowl; and use the dressing as a Marinade! and marinate for at least one hour. Then line a baking dish with foil(dull side up)remove chicken from dressing and place in foil lined pan. Then top each piece with cheese after about 45 minutes..parmesan works best for me and return to oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Prepared this way makes it a 5 star! PS remove skin from bone-in chicken pieces Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
I have a recipe almost identical to this one. For those who had problems or disappointments; This is what you do: Season all sides of chicken pieces(and yes bone in chicken works!!) with salt pepper and garlic powder; or use your fave seasonings. Place in shallow dish or bowl; and use the dressing as a Marinade! and marinate for at least one hour. Then line a baking dish with foil(dull side up)remove chicken from dressing and place in foil lined pan. Then top each piece with cheese after about 45 minutes..parmesan works best for me and return to oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Prepared this way makes it a 5 star! PS remove skin from bone-in chicken pieces Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
After some modifications we really enjoyed this recipe. The first time I made it I followed the recipe exactly and we weren't very fond of it. We thought it was rather greasy and the ranch taste was pretty strong. However I liked the idea of it thought it was a good blend of flavors so I decided to attempt it again. The second time I poured enough ranch dressing into a skillet to coat the bottom then placed the chicken in the pan and cooked it fully on top of the stove first. Then I put the chicken in an ungreased baking dish and covered it with mozzarella cheese and placed it under the broiler until it melted. This time we had a winner!!!! We really enjoyed the meal and will have it again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
I make this recipe once a week combining many of the suggestions of other raters. I use a quick spray of Pam then put chicken breast tenders in my baking dish or if I'm cooking for more than my husband and myself I use whole chicken breasts which I flatten by pounding. I sprinkle powdered ranch dressing (Hidden Valley makes one) over the chicken and thanks to someone's idea put Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon on top of that. My husband loves spicy stuff so I chop up jalapenos and put that on top of the bacon bits. I cover my chicken with foil and bake at 325 for 45 minutes uncover and top with a combination of mozzerella and cheddar cheese then put back in the oven uncovered for another 15 minutes. This is the easiest dinner to fix and it's so delicious. The chicken is so tender and juicy. I just made it without the jalapenos for my 80 year old mother and my 96 year old grandmother and they loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2003
REALLY GOOD w/ a few changes. Spray w/Pam not oil. Before I added Cheddar I layed a slice of Armour Dried Beef(in the small jar). It made for a real boost in taste. Use 1/2 sour cream/Ranch. The grave/sauce is wonderful. This is an easy good recipe w/much potential to "do your own thing". I also like it w/green pepper slices & a little garlic powder. Thanks for the keeper recipe Jan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
I have always made a recipe similar to this using 4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breast. I fry my chicken in a skillet on top of the stove with ranch dressing poured on top. I don't measure anything. It only takes a few minutes. I top it off with mozzarella or fresh grated parmesan. Doesn't need the oil. It's great! My kids also like to eat it on a nice hard roll for sandwiches. I work in the food business and sometimes have to create recipes and believe it or not this also tastes great on talapia fish. I melt butter and garlic and add the ranch dressing to make a sauce then add the fish and top with more ranch dressing and parm. or mozz. cheese or no cheese at all. Fry till it flakes easily. You wouldn't believe how much it sells when made like this!!! Ranch dressing is great on alot of things! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2004
This was a very EASY & tasty dish! I took a suggestion from the other reviewers and used a bit of cooking spray to coat the pan rather than olive oil. I also used turkey tenderloins instead of chicken and used a Light Ranch dressing. My kids and husband devoured it and I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2003
I thought that this recipe was pretty good. I think next time I make it I will change it up just a little though. I recommend using pretty small/thin chicken pieces I used breasts and they were really too thick for this recipe. I would probably try the sour cream version as well even though I did like the ranch okay. One thing I did do differently was I topped it with crushed season croutons and it made for an awesome topping!!! I also used Italian cheese blend and cut back a little on the olive oil. It was pretty good for the amount of ingredients and time to prepare. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2003
Good taste and very easy to make. I use low-fat ranch and skim mozarella otherwise the recipe is LOADED with fat! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2003
Yummmmmmy and Easy!!!! I used a "lite" ranch dressing which might have kept it from being too strong (a good thing) and also used Pizza shredded cheese - mozzarella and cheddar. My boyfriend loved this too. The chicken was VERY moist but fully cooked. This is surely a future repeat!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/04/2004
Blah. For this to taste better it would need too many changes. Not worth repeating. Read More
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