Six ingredients are all that is required to make this delicious Ranch Cheddar Chicken and Broccoli Bake. So much flavor in this quick and easy dinner!
Ranch Cheddar Chicken and Broccoli Bake
This easy chicken dish starts with a chicken breast that is seasoned with ranch then topped with cheese and tender broccoli florets.
Bake this easy chicken ranch bake in the oven for a satisfying dinner for the whole family.
Ranch Cheddar Chicken
A dinner that takes just 30 minutes to bake in the oven. Serve with a side salad, veggies, or any other one of your favorite side dishes.
Plus, this chicken recipe is also great for meal prepping for quick lunches for a few days out of the week.
What Ingredients Do I Need For This Recipe
Chicken | Boneless chicken is what you will need for this recipe. You could also use tenderloins, but they would be needed to be close together to hold the broccoli topping. Oil is used to help prevent the chicken from sticking to the pan.
Ranch Dressing Mix | This is the powdered ranch seasoning you will use for the chicken. This can’t be swapped with liquid ranch dressing.
Cheese | I used sharp cheddar cheese, but you could essentially swap this cheese out with any of your favorites such as pepper jack, Monterey jack or mozzarella.
Broccoli | You can reach for frozen broccoli, as it will bake up beautifully. Plus, a bag of frozen broccoli is very affordable.
Bacon | Bacon, and chicken are two proteins that work well together. This dish is like no other, and it will pair nicely with the ranch and broccoli.
How To Make Ranch Cheddar Chicken and Broccoli
You will start by preheating your oven and prepping your baking sheet. Place chicken on the pan, and then spread with Olive oil. Season with the dry ranch powder mixture.
Top with part of the cheese and all the bacon. Place frozen broccoli on top of each piece of chicken and the rest of the ranch. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with the remaining cheese, and bake for another 10 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
How Do I Know Chicken Is Cooked?
According to FoodSafety.gov the internal temperature should be 165 degrees. The other thing to look for is to make sure the chicken is running clear liquid and not white, and there is no pink in the chicken when you slice into the chicken breast.
Can I Leave Off The Broccoli?
Yes, if you don’t want the broccoli on this chicken, leave it off. You can replace it with a different vegetable or do bacon and chicken with the ranch and cheese.
How to Properly Store Leftovers?
If you end up having chicken and broccoli leftover, place them in an airtight container and store them for two to three days in the refrigerator. Then reheat quickly in the microwave or cover with foil and reheat in the oven.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Go right ahead and make as much or as little chicken as you would like. Suppose you have a larger family feel free to double the recipe if you want. Just make sure not to crowd the pan, so all the chicken can evenly cook.
Ranch Cheddar Chicken and Broccoli Bake
Six ingredients are all that is required to make this easy and delicious Ranch Cheddar Chicken and Broccoli Bake. So much flavor in this quick and easy dinner.
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally to create 4 filets
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp ranch dressing mix, separated
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 12 ounce package frozen broccoli florets
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the chicken in the baking dish and brush with olive oil. Season with half the ranch dressing mix.
Next top the chicken with half the cheddar cheese and all the bacon.
Place the frozen broccoli on top of the chicken and season with remaining ranch dressing mix.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Remove and top with remaining shredded cheese.
Return to the oven and bake for 10 minute; until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through.