Thursday, August 29, 2013

Double Recipe: Easy Baked Ranch Chicken & Reese's S'mores

 
If your life is anything like ours, by the time supper rolls around all we want to do is sprawl out on the couch and watch Wheel of Fortune. Getting up to actually cook a meal seems completely absurd...and doing the dishes afterwards? You've gotta be joking.
 
My grandma makes this amaaaazing potato chip chicken and when I saw the recipe for something similar (using bread crumbs), I knew we needed to make it. Plus, this recipe has ranch dressing. Can't go wrong there! So simple and easy for those nights you really don't feel like cooking. 
 

Baked Ranch Chicken
 
You'll need:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups crushed potato chips
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (optional)
1 cup ranch dressing (we use Hidden Valley)
3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
 
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheet with vegetable oil.
  2. Crush potato chips in zip lock bag using a rolling pin. Add parmesan cheese.
  3. Put chip mixture and ranch dressing into separate bowls.
  4. Dip chicken into ranch dressing and press into chip mixture to coat. Gently toss between your hands so any chips that haven't stuck can fall away. Arrange onto prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
recipe adapted from here
 
We serve ours over a bed of rice and it's delicious!

And now on to the best part...dessert! :)

It's funny that I even call this a "recipe". It is, however, one of the best things you'll ever put in your mouth. You'll wonder why plain ole Hershey squares were ever used in the first place.
 
I dream of the days when we'll have a big fire pit in the backyard, but for now the broiler will have to suffice. Think of these as campfire s'mores, just without the mosquitos and Kumbaya. Actually appealing, huh?
 
Inside (not fire-side) Reese's S'mores:
 
You'll need:
1 pkg. Reese's cups (as many as you'd like, really)
1 pkg. marshmallows
1 pkg. graham crackers (we love Maui Grahams from World Market!)
 
Directions:
Place marshmallows on a cookie sheet. Turn oven broiler on high and place cookie sheet on top rack of oven. Watch closely, usually takes about a minute or less for marshmallows to get that good crispy "burn" on top. Take out and immediately sandwich between to grahams with a Reese's cup (or two!) in the center. Enjoy!
 

 
Hope this gives you some inspiration for the next time you're watching Wheel of Fortune, not wanting to get up and fix supper. This momma can totally relate!
 
Two of my very best friends in the whole world will be in town tonight and we're going to Cheesecake Factory; let's just say I'm counting down the minutes. Favorite.Restaurant.Ever.

Hope you have a great day, sweet friends!
 

5 comments:

  1. Yum! Everything ooks delicious!

    I'm not the biggest fan of ranch dressing (yeah, what's wrong with me) but I like that it isn't a lot in the recipe.

    As for s'mores, I don't think I've had my fill this summer. I need to fix that ASAP.

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  2. i seriously can't get enough of the reeses smores. yummmm!

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  3. I've never made that chicken before, but it looks easy enough!

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  4. now i want smores!!! :) thanks for sharing your recipes!!

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