Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Creamy Ranch Chicken


One of the many things I love about having this website is being able to share easy meals with folks who really, really want to cook for their families, but often feel the pressure crunch of having the time (and energy) to do it at the end of the day.  I love those go-to recipes that you can pretty much remember off the top of your head without having to refer to a laundry list of items or to constantly be pulling out your phone to check.
Now, there are days when you want to go all out and prepare something just a bit extra special. I've got recipes for those days too.  But most of our lives are lived during the work week and we gotta eat on those days too.  We want it to be something good, just not too hard or demanding or that will create 5 million dishes to wash and that the whole family will eat. I'm a Momma and I work too so I get it.   I am chest deep in the real world, y'all. So it helps me to have a few easy, go-to meals that are easy on my budget and on my time.  Enter this recipe from
With only 5 ingredients (and that is counting the oil for the pan), it doesn't get much easier than this. And the taste will definitely help you get out of any chicken-cooking rut you might be in. Y'all know what I'm talking about.  We try to always find new ways to cook that boneless, skinless chicken breasts, right?  You want more good news?  You can make this lower in fat by using the lower fat options for the Cream of Chicken soup as well as the milk.  Serve it with mashed potatoes, rice or even egg noodles.
Ingredients:
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (10.75 oz.) can Campbell's Cream of Chicken (or Mushroom) soup, undiluted
3/4 cup milk
1/2 (1 oz.) packet ranch salad dressing mix
 Directions:
Lightly season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
 
 In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, begin heating up oil.
Add the chicken and cook for about 10 minutes (browning both sides).
Take chicken out (it won't be cooked all the way through yet).
 In the skillet, add soup, milk, and 1/2 packet of dry ranch dressing mix.
  Whisk it together well until you get most of the lumps out.
Bring mixture up to a boil to let it thicken.  Note: If it gets too thick on you, you can always add a splash of milk or chicken broth to it to thin it out some.
 Add chicken back to skillet.
Cover and reduce heat to low and allow the chicken to finish cooking for an additional 10 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through).
Then serve!
Cook's Notes: I served this up with some mashed potatoes and I spooned some of the sauce on top of those.  It was delicious. However, if you'd like to use up that other half packet of ranch dressing mix, you can make some Ranch-Style Rice.  To make: Heat 2 1/4 cups water along with the remaining ranch dressing mix in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in 1 cup uncooked regular, long-grain white rice and finish cooking according to package directions.



If you liked this recipe, be sure to head on over to Campbell's Kitchen for lots more quick and easy favorites (and more!).



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22 comments:

mysterylaine said...

OH MY MERCY!! I can tell by reading this one it is a winner!! I can't wait to try it.
Thank you so much for sharing all your yumminess. I've found literally dozens of really great recipes from you and have yet to feel the need to dicker with a single one of them--and that is saying something because I almost ALWAYS feel the need to dicker with recipes...lol..Thanks!! and please keep them coming!

The Country Cook said...

You are so sweet! Thank you so much! I hope you love this one too!! :)
~Brandie

Hannah said...

I have used your recipes because I find them to be very simple and I'm not so much a cook, but thanks to your recipes I am! I will continue to use them!! And I will be using this one for a Valentine's dinner for my boyfriend! Thank you very much!!

Tammy said...

I've just recently found your blog and know I will be checking it regularily! You're recipes are down to earth - and you're poke cakes give me such inspiration! I plan to try this chicken soon, and am excited about trying the rice to use up the extra ranch powder too! Are those apples you served as a side? I've been trying to make a good cooked apple side for awhile now and haven't quite got it mastered yet.....

The Country Cook said...

Awe Hannah - I can't tell you how much that means to me to hear! I really hope you find your confidence cooking with these recipes. If you have any questions - please feel free to ask! :)
Tammy - thank you! I hope you love any of the ones that you try. I cannot take credit for those gorgeous apples. I bought a can of fried apples and dressed them up a bit. I thickened the sauce and added a bit of cinnamon sugar. A great and easy side! ~Brandie

Brandy J said...

I will be getting the stuff for this recipe this weekend! Looks yummy! By the way are those apples next to the chicken?

Ashley said...

This looks awesome! As a young, working mom with little experience in the kitchen your blogs as really helped me put some yummy meals on the table for my little family! I enjoy your blog very much! Thanks!

Middleton Mania said...

I made this tonight, and my four year old already requested I make it again....and give her a bigger portion! Thanks for this winner recipe!

Brenda said...

Your creamy ranch chicken looks incredibly tasty!! Pinning, thanks for sharing!!

~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

The Country Cook said...

@Middleton - that is so great to hear! Thank you for taking the time to let me know how it turned out. And if I four year old gives something a thumbs up - then that is the biggest compliment of all! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

My name is Autumn. I have followed your recipes for weeks bow and every single one of them are amazing! I have literally made one to three of them for dinner per week and have made three of the cakes and taken them to family outings. They all fell in love with the Coconut cream poke cake and banana cream one. My boyfriend who just came home from Afghanistan loves all the recipes too. Especially the creamy Italian crock pot chicken. Thank you so much for making these recipes possible for me. I have broadened my cooking skills and enjoyed every moment of it.

The Country Cook said...

Autumn - that just melted my heart reading that!! I am just so very happy that you have had such good luck with the recipes you've tried so far. I always want my recipes to be easy and to make you feel like a super star in your kitchen! Please tell your boyfriend that I said thank you so much for his service to our country!! Hugs, Brandie

Amy S said...

Made this for dinner and it came out perfect. The kids loved it. I cut the chicken breast in strips. Very delish!!!

So grateful!!

Amy

Anonymous said...

All I have to say is yum! I have tried a few of your chicken recipes recently and so far, big success with my husband. This is by far the best one yet tho. He told me to stash this one in our recipe book! That says alot trust me. Thank you for sharing your talents with us that are not so talented. You rock!!

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Amy - thank you so much for that! I appreciate you taking the time to come back and let me know how it turned out!

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

What a sweet comment! Thank you so much!! I am so happy this was a hit for ya! I hope you love any of the other recipes you might try!

Patricia @ The TT DIaries said...

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I can not wait to try it. It looks and sounds super yummy. Thanks so much for sharing. I am now following you so I can read what recipes you post in the future.

Anonymous said...

I have very picky children. It's almost impossible to cook something all of them are going to like, and none of them are at all shy about letting me know it when they don't. Frankly, it makes cooking one of my least favorite things in the world to do. So I happened to stumble onto your wonderful website as I was searching on line for a recipe for slow cooker meatballs, and your recipes all looked so good, I just had to give them a try. So I've made three of your recipes this last week, and every single one of them has been met with "Wow, Mom. That was really good!" I might hear that from one or two of them, but NEVER all of them for the same meal. So thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes and for including such easy-to-follow instructions. I think they're great. I can't wait to try this ranch chicken recipe next. :)

Joybreaks said...

Hi! Just found your site and can't wait to dig in! Thanks so much for taking the time to bless us! I was just wondering..what veggie is that on the right? Or is that a veggie?

Anonymous said...

Made this the other night..Amazing!! Huge hit with the husband & kids.Love your recipes.Thank you!! :)

Janna said...

Very good! I made this a couple of nights ago with Butter Dip Biscuits, and both were well-received. Thank you for another winner!

Nicole said...

I've made this recipe a bunch of times now and it is soooo good!! I definitely recommend trying this recipe out- honestly Every recipe I have tried from your site had been great. The Ranch rice with this recipe is an absolute must! It is Awesome!! Thank you so much :)