4-Ingredient Ranch Baked Chicken Recipe Is a Dinner Grand Slam by Donna John

Poultry Dinner
5 months ago

4-Ingredient Ranch Baked Chicken Recipe Is a Dinner Grand Slam

Who doesn't love the flavor of ranch dressing and the crunch of juicy crispy chicken? Combine those two and you have a family dinner grand slam. This easy ranch baked chicken recipe has just four simple ingredients, but hits it out of the park with flavor.

Bone-in chicken pieces are seasoned with a mixture of olive oil, dry ranch salad dressing mix and minced garlic. The chicken bakes in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until it is cooked through, crispy and golden brown. The flavor cooks into the skin of the chicken, creating a mouth-watering piece of juicy chicken.

This baked chicken recipe calls for thighs, but you could use chicken drumsticks, chicken wings, chicken breasts or even do a whole chicken. Just keep in mind that different pieces of chicken cook for different amounts of time, and adjust accordingly. Chicken should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Serve this easy chicken recipe with a salad – drizzled with ranch dressing, of course – and your favorite vegetable or other side dish. This chicken dinner is so quick and delicious!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 35 to 45 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 envelope (1 ounce) dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the chicken into a baking pan. Season with black pepper, to taste.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dressing mix, olive oil and garlic. Brush or spoon the mixture all over the chicken. 
  3. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is crispy and cooked through. (Cook time will depend on how big the chicken thighs are.)

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Elisa Schmitz
An easy chicken dinner with just four ingredients? Yes, please! So good, Donna John .
This was right on time. I was trying to think of something different, easy and inexpensive to cook for dinner tonight.
Donna John
So glad you found us! This recipe is delicious. One of my favorites. Let us know how you enjoyed it. And snap a photo!
This dish is most certainly a keeper , I like be making this often. It soung very simply but the results are outstanding. Thank you so very much. Roman
Can you do this recipe with Chicken Breast? How much long to bake and do you add more liquid Ingredients to compensate for more baking time?
Donna John
I've never made it with chicken breast, but you could definitely do that. They would cook faster, so I would start checking them at about 20 minutes or so. Let us know how they turn out! Snap a photo!
It's so yummy 😋
Donna John
So glad yo enjoyed it!!
Cathy Kepple
My Granddaughters LOVE chicken and I think they would really enjoy this. My problem is I only make them BONELESS thighs. It's easier for them. How would this recipe change to accommodate?
Donna John
I love boneless chicken thighs, too. Just reduce the cooking time. Anything on a bone takes longer to cook.
Delish 4 ingredient baked chicken thighs. Easy and delicious!!
Donna John
Looks delicious! Great recipe. So glad you enjoyed it.
Maria Martinez
very delicious 😁😁😁😁😁

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