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Creamy Ranch Chicken

This Ranch Chicken recipe is an easy skillet meal with creamy sauce and zesty Ranch seasoning. Serve with a side of vegetables and spoon that delicious sauce over some warm baked potatoes!

Be sure to try my Bacon Ranch Chicken for a twist on this  recipe with bacon and cheese!

A white plate with Ranch Chicken on top next to green beans and a baked potato.

Creamy Ranch Chicken

This meal is definitely one of my favorite easy meals. It actually came about because I was trying to put a different spin on my super popular creamy chicken stew recipe. And this skillet meal is the perfect way to do just that.

The chicken is perfectly seasoned and so flavorful, (with a little brush of melted butter for an extra crispy golden sear, I might add). And the sauce takes just minutes to make from there. 

have to insist that you serve up some baked potatoes with this meal. Spooning this sauce over some warm, fluffy baked potatoes is truly heavenly. Your family is definitely going to request this often!

Want to take it over the top!? Sprinkle some crispy bacon on top right before serving!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Slice each chicken breast into 2-3 thinner slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Brush 1 side of each piece with melted butter and sear in olive oil for 4-5  minutes per side, until golden brown. Set aside.

Combine sauce ingredients over medium heat. Let it bubble gently for 5 minutes. 

Seared and seasoned chicken on a plate next to a skillet with creamy ranch sauce.

Add chicken back to the skillet and spoon sauce on top. Cover partially and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with mashed or baked potatoes and vegetables

A skillet with seared golden chicken and a creamy Ranch sauce.

Pro Tips

  • Important! Be sure to get Ranch seasoning mix for this recipe, not Ranch dip mix, they do taste differently and have different uses.
  • If you’re not a ranch loverdon’t worry. Ranch seasoning adds a lot of zesty, savory flavor to this sauce, but it doesn’t make it taste like bottled ranch dressing. 
  • Frozen vegetables can be mixed into the sauce as well. Add them when you add the other sauce ingredients and give them sufficient time to heat through, then add the chicken.
  • Brushing the chicken with melted butter not only gives it more flavor, but enhances the golden brown crusty sear. I prefer to brush it right onto the chicken instead of letting it melt in the pan, this way it’s more likely to stay right on the chicken and not burn in the pan.
  • If using smaller chicken breasts, consider using 3-4 instead of 2 large.
  • Adding Bacon and Cheese: Try my Bacon Ranch Chicken for a fun twist on this recipe!
  • Pork Chops: Try my Ranch Pork Chops to switch up the protein! 
  • This recipe is in The Cozy Cookbook on page 115!

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • It does freeze well, you can freeze baked potatoes with it as well as a side of veggies for easy microwavable lunches or dinners.

A skillet with Creamy Ranch Chicken topped with parsley.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • This is the skillet I used in this recipe, (and in 90% of my recipes). It’s pricey, but it conducts heat really well and is oven safe. The size is perfect and the quality is great.
  • Meat Tenderizer – Using this tool really does make the chicken more tender, you’ll barely have to chew it!
  • Kitchen Tongs– makes it easy to handle the chicken when searing and even easier to flip individual mushroom slices as they cook.
  • Ranch Seasoning– I like to buy mine in bulk for all of my Ranch Recipes.

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A skillet filled with seared chicken in a creamy ranch sauce with parsley on top.

Ranch Chicken in a creamy ranch sauce with parsley on top.

Creamy Ranch Chicken

4.96 from 246 ratings
This Ranch Chicken recipe is an easy skillet meal with a delicious cream sauce and zesty Ranch seasoning. Serve it with a side of vegetables and warm baked potatoes!

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 large boneless/skinless chicken breast
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, can sub vegetable or canola oil

Sauce

Instructions

Season/Sear the Chicken:

  • Slice the chicken into 2-3 thinner slices. Pound with a meat tenderizer if needed, the chicken will plump up more when cooked. Aim for ½ inch thick slices.
  • Sprinkle each side of the chicken with Italian seasoning and salt/pepper. Brush one side of each piece with melted butter, make sure the butter isn’t too hot.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add 2-3 pieces of chicken, (buttered side down), leaving room around each. Sauté for 4-5 minutes per side, until a golden brown crust has developed. Remove and set aside. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Pro Tips: Make slight adjustments to the heat, (up or down), as needed during cooking. Add an additional splash of oil if needed throughout cooking. Try to leave the chicken undisturbed as it cooks to get a nice crusty sear. Don’t force it up from the pan, it will release when the crust has formed.

Make the Sauce

  • Remove any excess oil from the skillet if needed. Add the sauce ingredients over medium heat. Stir until combined. Let it bubble gently and reduce for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and spoon the sauce on top.
  • Cover the skillet partially and let the chicken heat through and absorb the flavors from the sauce, about 10 minutes.
  • Optional: Serve with baked potatoes and spoon the sauce over each potato (it is so good that way)!

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Important! Be sure to get Ranch seasoning mix for this recipe, not Ranch dip mix, they do taste differently and have different uses.
  • If you're not a ranch lover- don't worry. Ranch seasoning adds a lot of zesty, savory flavor to this sauce, but it doesn't make it taste like bottled ranch dressing. 
  • Crispy crumbled bacon is also great on top of this!
  • Frozen vegetables can be mixed into the sauce as well. Add them when you add the other sauce ingredients and give them sufficient time to heat through, then add the chicken.
  • If using smaller chicken breasts, consider using 3-4 instead of 2 large.
  • Adding Bacon and Cheese: Try my Bacon Ranch Chicken for a fun twist on this recipe!
  • Pork Chops: Try my Ranch Pork Chops to switch up the protein! 
  • This recipe is in The Cozy Cookbook on page 115!

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • It does freeze well, you can freeze baked potatoes with it as well as a side of veggies for easy microwavable lunches or dinners.

The nutritional information shared is an estimate and is per serving. There are 4 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 1283mg, Potassium: 680mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 868IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 205mg, Iron: 2mg
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636 comments on “Creamy Ranch Chicken”

  1. Awesome to hear! This is getting made tonight then! So excited! 

  2. I’m really wanting to try this today for dinner! 
    One question.. is it very ranchy in flavor? 
    My fiancé isn’t a fan of ranch. 

    • Hi Latasha!! Surprisingly, it’s not overly ranch flavored. (If it was made with bottled ranch dressing it would be), but the ranch seasoning is different! 🙂

  3. Hi! I made this for my family last night and it was SO GOOD. We put it over egg noodles, since I didn’t have any potatoes handy. Even my picky 7 year old ate it and wanted seconds. Thank you for such a flavorful delicious family-friendly recipe 🙂

    • Hi Hayley! I am so happy that this was was a HIT! I love that you served it over egg noodles! (You have me wanting to make this tonight!) Thank you so much for the review, I’m thrilled that it was a hit with your picky eater as well!! ❤️

  4. My fiancé and I loved it!!!! Might even make this da use for pasta!! 

  5. My family loved this. I added garlic powder and used heavy cream so it was thicker. I chopped up the chicken and added it to the sauce and put over noodles. Definitely a keeper.

  6. I make my own cream of chicken soup but didn’t have the time and do keep cream/mushroom on hand so subbed it, was wonderful! I usually end up making some modifications to recipes I get online, other that the mushroom soup sub which is a keeper I didn’t mod a thing so perfect was the seasoning. And it worked up quickly, making it a weeknight treat. The recipe is going into permanent rotation!

  7. Tried this recipe today & my family loved it. After doing the chicken & sauce on the stove, I put the sauce on the chicken & put it in the oven instead. Served with rice pilaf.

  8. Delicious recipe! I mixed the sauce ingredients together before putting in the pan. That worked well for me. I also added some mixed vegetables to the sauce. I really liked the idea of putting sauce over potatoes but wasn’t able to do that so I cooked up some egg noodles. It was all very good.

    • I’m so happy that you loved it Judy! One day you’ll try it with baked potatoes and you’ll love it! But egg noodles are fabulous as well- love that you added veggies to the sauce! Thank you so much for the review! ❤️ -Stephanie

  9. Tried tonight I enjoyed it.

  10. Can I use something else besides sour cream? 

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