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Friday, March 6, 2009

Pioneer Woman Ranch Chicken

Holy Cow! This was good chicken!! Sweet & tangy and topped with bacon & cheese - what's not to like?!?!  Simple to make. I let it marinate overnight in the honey mustard mixture and it makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal.  All my favorite things!!  I love to make this during the week, but it is worthy of company.  I will be making this again!

Ranch Chicken
(Printable Recipe)

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Thick cut bacon
Bacon grease
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt
dash Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
canola oil

Mix together honey, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika, salt and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper(if desired). Whisk until smooth.

Rinse chicken breast and pat dry. Pound chicken between 2 sheets of wax paper until about 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick. Add chicken to marinade, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1-3 hours.

While the chicken marinates, fry up some bacon. When finished reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon grease and clean out skillet.

When the chicken is finished marinating, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove chicken from the refrigerator and pour off excess marinade. Heat half of the reserved bacon grease with an equal quantity of canola oil in the clean skillet over medium high heat. When the grease is hot add 2 or 3 pieces of chicken to it. Cook until brownish/blackish, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a large baking sheet . If cooking many pieces of chicken, repeat skillet process and remove to baking sheet. Place chicken into preheated oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Lay a few pieces of bacon over each chicken breast. Sprinkle with cheese. Return baking sheet to the oven for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and bacon is sizzling.



  1. This is very similar to a recipe that I make. I grill my cheicken breaasts, then put them on a baking sheet and put one tbsp of BBQ sauce on them, 3 or 4 thin slices ham and then a large slice of ColbyJack cheese. Bake until cheese is melted. Kids love it.

  2. I grill the chicken on my George Foreman Grill. Then, I put them on a baking sheet and top with the cheese and bacon, and put them in the oven for about 5 minutes or so. Just long enough to melt the cheese. This has been a big hit with my family who normally don't care for chicken. Soooo glad it's so easy too. :)


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