Ranch Cheddar Chicken — Damn Delicious

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Ranch Cheddar Chicken

The quickest and easiest baked chicken with an amazingly creamy, cheesy Ranch topping!

Who can ever say no to anything involving Ranch?

Even Butters was fully onboard with the Ranch situation, as he sits here on his coolaroo, waiting to get a piece of it.

And even though the base of the topping involves mayonnaise, which sounds completely bizarre, it actually lends off the most amazing creaminess you’ll ever experience.

Mixed in with sharp cheddar and crisp Panko breadcrumbs, you’ll never have to go back to those boring chicken dinners ever again!

Ranch Cheddar Chicken

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

The quickest and easiest baked chicken with an amazingly creamy, cheesy Ranch topping!


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup Panko*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cheese, Ranch Seasoning and garlic.
  3. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken in a single layer onto the prepared baking dish and top with mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle with Panko.
  4. Place into oven and cook until completely cooked through and golden brown on top, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

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Butters is the luckiest dog in the blogosphere 🙂 He’s got it MADE after your photoshoots!

Looks crispy and delicious Chungah!

Really enjoyed this, very simple to prepare & a joy to serve. l ook forward to your recopies. Keep
them coming. Love all the creativity in your kitchen.

This looks and sounds amazing! I dont like dark meat though….what do you think about using boneless akinless chicken breast?

Yes, that should be fine!

If we do not have Planko, would bread crumbs work as well?

I usually keep scrolling at the mere mention of baked chicken but this recipe and subsequent photo has me drooling! I’m afraid I’ve got to try it. 🙂

Thank you Chungah for the nice and easy recipe. Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Forgot to tell you Butters is so cute. Love him.

Oooh, my fam would love this!

Thank you so much for adding the Nutrition Facts data. I follow Weight Watchers and I have told everyone in my meetings about your site. The meals are amazing and you have just made the whole site even better for me. Thank you .

Made it this afternoon. The kids loved it. I skipped the salt altogether since these ranch mixes always have a fair bit of it.
Also, I used thighs with skin and bones (that’s all I had in the house) and I had to leave it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes longer. But turned out really well. Will definitely make again.

Thank you for posting this! I was going to ask if the bone and skin chicken thighs would work as that is what I have in my fridge :). So excited to try it.

Yes, that would work just fine, although cooking time may have to be adjusted as needed.

This looks amazing! You always know how to make the crusty topping looking all lovely, crisp, and delicious 😀
Butters is such a cutie! x

I made skinless it so easy to skin a thigh, I left the bone in. I followed the recipe ingredients exactly, needed to make just a bit more topping to cover the 8 thighs completely. We live in the Rocky Mountains at high altitude, so I baked ours in a slower oven 375 for one hour.

This chicken was so moist and flavorful! Thank-you for the fast, easy and delicious chicken recipe.

We are Corgi family too, Butters can come for a play date anytime! :0)

Do you suppose this would work well with chicken breasts cut into strips? The grocery had a special on breasts, so I have a freezer full!

Yes, that should be fine, but you may have to adjust cooking time as needed.

This sounds incredible but my husband really dislikes mayo. How could I substitute?

Unfortunately I cannot suggest an appropriate substitute without further recipe testing. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

He would never know it had mayo in it.

I too have a mayonnaise aversion! I have made recipes very similar to this using full-fat sour cream instead of mayo, and it worked just fine!

Just saw this as I was scrolling through. My family loves this recipe and it has become a great go-to weeknight meal. I’ve never used mayo with mine, I substitute fat free Greek yogurt. It comes out very moist and creamy, and has a very mild tang to it from the freshness of the yogurt. I think this saves even more calories and fat, as well.

I have used Greek yogurt before. It was good just more tangy. My daughters prefer the mayo version.

My husband hates mayonnaise too! Can’t stand the smell or even the sight of it. I made something very similar to this and didn’t tell him it was in it. We were fighting over the last piece of it! Lol 😛

This looks so delicious and is doable even on weeknights ,yum! Pinned!
P.S. Butters is so adorable! I hope he got a little bite at least.

Ilove this recipe! I did make one minor mistake however, I mixed the Panko in with the mayo etc. rather sprinkling on top. Still turned out delicious. I’ll read the recipe more carefully next time!

I’m so glad it still turned out well! It is always best to read a recipe at least twice prior to cooking – it makes a huge difference!

Who could say no to anything Butters likes? I love your blog and all the stories about Jason and Butters. Oh, and the food is always delicious!

Made it! Devoured it! Want more of it! Thank you Chungah!

Big hit with the family this weekend. I did run mine under the broiler at the end for a few seconds to make it extra crispy. Am assuming you could also make with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but the thighs are so super tender. Great recipe!

What a great recipe! I made a rookie mistake and halved the recipe without halving the ranch dip mix 🙁 but it was still excellent! The topping gets super crispy and just melts in your mouth! Due to my error and the subsequent saltiness of my finished chicken, it couldn’t really be eaten on its own. However, I hand-pulled the chicken and made a cheddar ranch chicken pasta bake out of it, which turned out fantastic. Looking forward to trying this again, and using the right amounts of everything this time! 🙂

I made this last night, about 4lbs of it, and there was nothing left of it. My family loved it to say the least! Great recipe & I’ll be making it again!

Made this last night with boneless chicken breasts. So delicious and moist. My fam loved it and it was so easy…thank you!!

How long do you have to cook the boneless skinless chicken breasts?

Hi Chungah, can I use duck meat instead of chicken? I have spare duck meat here in the house and I am wondering what recipe to use in preparing this? I really want to cook it and partner it with some whisky or some whiskey mixed drinks and scotch. What do you think or what can you suggest? Looking forward for your answer, thanks =)

Unfortunately, I am not the best person to ask as I do not have much experience cooking with duck. I think I cooked it once or twice years ago, and as much as I would love to cook with it, it can get so expensive!

I’m looking forward to serving this to my family this week, but I always struggle with knowing what kind of sides to serve with a dish! Can you give some suggestions? Thx!

Roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes or even a simple rice dish would be perfect!

This looks wonderful. What side dish would you suggest to go with it?

This would go great with roasted vegetables or even mashed potatoes!

Mayo + Chicken breasts are a match made in heaven

Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for the first time tonight. It is absolutely delicious, easy to make, and quick to complete. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. 🙂

U don’t have Panko bread crumbs available. Would normal bread crumbs suffice or would you suggest I skip the bread crumbs all together?

Regular breadcrumbs will work just fine.

I’m in Australia and have never seen ranch season and salad dressing mix packages in the shops. What is this as I’ve seen it in many recipes on Pinterest? What could be used instead? I would love to try this recipe.

It’s actually a seasoning packet that can be used for many recipes. But if this is not available in your area, it may be best that you make it from scratch. You can find many DIY ranch seasoning recipes available online such as Pinterest.

Hello! I love your easy to make and delightful dishes. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! I have a question: Can I cook the chicken covered in the oven or does it have to be uncovered? I need to eat my meat tender or as tender as I can get it to be. Thank you.

Analin, this is best to leave uncovered or else the topping will become soggy. But I promise you – these chicken thighs still turn out amazingly crisp and tender!

You were absolutely right! It was perfect! Thank you 🙂

I made this tonight and while we thought it was good, it did taste a bit salty.

As there is no addition of salt in the recipe, the Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix may be too salty for your taste preferences. It may be best to make the ranch seasoning from scratch so that you have complete control of the salt content.

Came up with something similar years ago clearing cupboards – added Italian dressing mix to low- (non-?) fat mayo hubby refused to eat, dunked chicken pieces, rolled in crushed stale cornflakes & baked. Good stuff! Always meant to try it again with yogurt…

I really enjoy making this and it came out great. I don’t have great food presentation so my daughter was pushing backat first then one bite and we feel in love.

I don’t have any bread crumbs but do have Ritz crackers.. what do you think? Nasty or naw?

I’m personally not a fan of Ritz cracker crumbs on a savory chicken dish like this but the decision is really up to you!

Got regular crackers too if you think it would be better.

For a recipe like this, it’s really best to use Panko to obtain the best results possible. But again, these recipes here are a base and can be adjusted with what you have on hand. That being said, substitutions should really be made at your own risk.

When you say mayonnaise, do you use real mayonnaise? We prefer Miracle Whip at our house. But of course I am willing to try the real stuff at least once. 🙂 This chicken looks amazing. Can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks.

Miracle Whip should work just fine, but it is really best to use “real mayonnaise”.

I made this last night. I went ahead and grabbed some mayonnaise

I did get this light version. YUM!! We LOVED this chicken!! We will definitely make this again, and again and again……. you get the point. Thanks for another killer recipe!

My favourite chicken recipe by far! So easy and quick to make, very ideal for students. Thank you so much!!

SO SO very good! Thank you!

Great recipe! I’ve made this twice and each time the toppings would melt off in the oven. The chicken would just be cooking in a puddle of mayo/ranch/cheddar/panko and I would have to scoop the mayo mix back onto the chicken once it is out of the oven =(
Any tips to prevent this from happening? Thanks! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

Perhaps you are putting too much of the mayonnaise mixture on top of the chicken?

Can you substitute ranch dressing instead of powdered ranch?

Sarah, it is best to use the Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix. Using a substitution may also result in a mediocre outcome.

Made this for dinner last night and wow!! We LOVED it!!
It’s now in our chicken rotation!!
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

PS I’m thinking of trying it on pork chops too!

It has been deemed a keeper! 40 minutes was enough..

I would just like to say that I have been a silent but devoted follower of your web site and all of your “Damn Delicious” recipes for quite some time now. I must say that of all the recipes that I have tried, and there have been many, every single one of them have been keepers. Also the pictures are always very appetizing as well. Keep up the great work girlfriend. I look forward to trying many more of them in the future. Thanks.

We avoid processed foods and spice mixes from corporate as much as humanly possible. Do you think your recipe for the ranch seasoning mix from your Easy Ranch Baby Carrots work with the chicken?

Brenna, unfortunately, I don’t think the ranch seasoning mix from the baby carrots would work here. The addition of dry buttermilk (which is not in my recipe) is crucial to the seasoning for the chicken here.

awesome recipe I used ritz cracker crumbs in place of panko I will definitely use this again!!

Made this chicken dish this evening for dinner with a mixed green salad. I’m very pleased with the results. I didn’t have any ranch mix on hand so I found a homemade recipe on Pinterest and used what I hand in the cabinet. Also, no panko only bread crumbs. Turned out great! Thanks for another fantastic recipe.

Thank. You. So. Much. My boyfriend **hates** chicken. He was scarred from his mother when he was a child and her plain recipes. Every chicken dish I’ve made he has complained about. Today, I served this. As I was pouring our drinks in the kitchen, I hear “WOAH!” …. he gave it an 8/10– minus two only because it was chicken 🙂 FINALLY a way to get him to eat more lean meats lol. THANK YOU!

Made this for dinner tonight and used boneless skinless breasts instead of thighs, cut in half and pounded out semi-thin. The taste was too sharp for my liking although my mother enjoyed it… Thinking it’s because I opted for the white colored sharp cheddar instead of the yellow. Would this make a difference?

Yes, the type of cheese will make a difference. It may be best to use your preferred kind of cheese to suit your preferences.

Could this recipe be made with boneless pork chops instead of chicken?

What would the measurements be if only two boneless skinless breasts were being cooked?

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot advise on the appropriate measurements for this substitution. Please use your best judgment.

this recipie has turned into a monthly family favorite of my 4 boys!! They can it “crunchy baked chicken ” and Mac and cheese is the side of choice supper tonight

DO you cover this or leave uncovered in the oven

There is no need to cover this in the oven unless specified in the recipe.

Just made this for dinner! Flavours were absolutely amazing! Very easy to put together. Definitely will make this again!

This chicken is fabulous, my family loved it! Very easy to prepare and impossible to screw up. One of the things I love best about chicken thighs! The first time I made this I followed the recipe exactly. I think it would be fun to experiment with different kinds of ranch mixes….fiesta ranch, harvest dill, or maybe even an Italian dressing mix. Thanks so much for this recipe. This will be going in my regular rotation!

This is in the oven right now! Smells heavenly…read the recipe several times…overlooked that it’s supposed to be boneless/skinless…I used bone in/skin on! Lol! I’ll just keep it in the oven an extra 15-20 mins! I’ll get back to u and let u kno how it turned out! Thx!

I love your recipes. If I ever see one come up on my Pinterest new feed pins, I always check it out. You have never disappointed. I am trying this tonight. It is a gloomy rainy night in Cincinnati and I need a warm comfort food for dinner. I made an apple cobbler for dessert tonight with the apples I bought from a Pumpkin Festival last weekend!

Awesome recipe! Will make this one for company as well as family!

Looks really good! Definitely going to try tomorrow night, but had a question instead of using a package of ranch seasoning could I just go ahead and use ranch dressing?!

Ashlee, I find that this is really best when the Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix is used. But as always, please use your best judgment.

Is miracle whip OK to use? Or plain Mayo is the way to go?

Plain mayo is definitely the way to go! 🙂

I’ve made this recipe so many times! Everyone in my house loves it, including my niece and nephew who are only 5, and usually very pickey eaters.

I love adding a little bit of lemon zest when I can because I love the extra freshness it adds.

Was looking for a quick, easy recipe to throw together, and THIS FIT THE BILL! Didn’t have all the ingredients… subbed breasts for thighs, Ranch dressing, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash Chicken and Onion Herb seasonings for the ranch packet… Was AWESOME. Also held off on salt and pepper for HBP purposes. This one is a KEEPER! Thank you so much!

I’m planning to make this tomorrow for guests. I see in the photos the chicken is in a pan but in the recipe I don’t see any mention of cooking the chicken stovetop in a pan, only in a 9×13 baking dish. Did you sear the skin at the beginning or end of baking? Thanks!

Nope – the chicken is not seared at all – I simply used a pan for photographic purposes. 🙂

made this last night. it was amazing! best most flavorful chicken we have ever had and EASY.
we made a few adjustments that I thought others might want to try as well.
We used ranch dressing instead of ranch seasoning
the best part though was we sprinkled some shake n bake on top with a little bit of the panko
my family loved it!

Do you think this could be frozen before baking? I am in a meal swap with some of my friends and would like to try this with them but it would need to be freezable. Thanks

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

I don’t have sharp cheddar. Would it be ok to use Colby jack?

I made this tonight.. Except we are cooking low carb and instead of Panko I crushed pork rinds up and sprinkled on top. Also, I baked it on a cookie sheet with a Silpat. It was very good… thanks!!

I tried this for the first time about a month ago. It was a big hit. Probably the best chicken recipe I’ve made. The only drawback was that the bottom of the chicken was soggy. It must have been the fat from the chicken gathering in the bottom of the casserole dish(I didn’t see much though). I made it again and put a layer of sliced onions under the chicken. Still great but surprisingly it was still soggy. I’m making it again tonight and trying to be smarter. I’ve got it on a roasting rack in a baking pan. This way there is no chance of the chicken resting in the juices. Wish me luck. Hopefully the third time is a charm for this guy

i made this tonight it was awesome! pretty salty though….. i wont put salt on the chicken next time its salty enough with the ranch dip mix. i just used ground up pep farm stuffing in place of “panko” it was good thanks!

Yes!! Great recipe and really fast to make. especially bc I got home late, & put this together real fast. my chicken were frozen so I just doubled the time. It is amazing, and great flavor. Don’t need to add salt because the ranch seasoning has it already. Thanks for the recipe!! 😉

This is a huge hit every time I make it… Literally so Good! I use veganaise instead of mayo and sometimes add some chopped up bacon to the mayo/cheese topping and that really sends it over the edge! Thanks so much for posting.

Family loved this recipe first time I made it. Unfortunately the second time I went to make it my chicken thighs had gone bad and of course I had already started mixing everything for this recipe. Luckily I am the worlds worst at following a recipe and almost always turn them into my own. If you don’t have chicken use pork. I had a pork roast thawing in the frig. I cut up this time, but thinking next time I’m going to use bone-in pork chops. Yum. 2 thumbs up from my family.

I made this for supper tonight and it was so good! My husband usually does not like mayo but I made it with light mayo anyway and he never knew I used it. (I have subbed Greek yogurt for mayo before and it works great, but I thought the combo in the recipe sounded really good). I was disappointed because my package of chicken thighs only had 6 instead of 8 thighs but I used the same amount of other ingredients and it still worked out well. I had rice and corn on the cob with it and it was really good with the sides too. My husband and son polished off 5 chicken thighs between the two of them. I was lucky I was able to get one piece!

I lived this! I added Sriracha to the mayo mixture and it was so good! Thanks for sharing!

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