Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken (Low-Carb)

Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken Recipe – OMG! Better than any restaurant and ready in under 30 minutes! Loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Only 5 ingredients – Chicken, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing mix. Can assemble chicken earlier in the day and bake when ready. Everyone LOVED this baked mayonnaise chicken! Even our mayonnaise haters! Low-carb keto-friendly and gluten-free.

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Baked Mayonnaise Chicken Breast and Cheese

Stop what you are doing and add this Baked Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken to your menu. It is AH-MAZ-ING! Chicken breast topped with a combination of mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon. This has quickly become a favorite at our house. I don’t even like mayonnaise, and I gobbled this chicken up! It is SO tender and juicy. The chicken just melts in your mouth. This recipe is super easy to make with no prep time and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Perfect for hectic weeknights! BONUS – this is low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free!

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How to Make Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken

This melt in your mouth chicken recipe is effortless to make with only 5 simple ingredients. Season chicken breasts with seasoning salt and black pepper, if desired. Place chicken breasts on a foil-lined baking sheet or baking dish. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise with sharp cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, and cooked chopped bacon. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the chicken breasts and bake in the oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Tips for Making Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken

  • I used boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can use any chicken pieces that you enjoy. Boneless chicken tenderloins or chicken thighs will both work great. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mixhttps://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Store-bought ranch can be salty and high in sodium. Please adjust in the amount in the recipe to your personal preference.
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for a lower-calorie option.
  • Make sure to use a high-quality mayonnaise in this dish. I recommend Duke’s Mayonnaise or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
  • The mayonnaise in this recipe adds moisture to your chicken. If you don’t like mayonnaise or looking are for a healthier option, you can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • While crack chicken always uses cheddar cheese, you can use any cheese that you prefer in this recipe. Parmesan cheese, gouda, asiago would all be delicious.
  • Can Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the dish ahead of time and bake it when you are ready.
  • Is Mayonnaise Baked Chicken gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free.
  • I prefer to use freshly grated cheese in this dish. I find that it melts better than the cheese from a bag.

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has crack in the title it means that it has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the recipe. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. The flavor combination is amazing. This chicken is no exception.

You can find all of our crack recipes here: https://www.plainchicken.com/category/recipes/crack-recipes/

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What to Serve with Hellman’s Mayonnaise Chicken

Traditionally, Melt in Your Mouth Chicken is made with mayonnaise, grated parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. While the parmesan chicken is delicious, I’ll take this cracked out version over it any day of the week. This version has been on repeat at our house. One bite and you will know why. SO much amazing flavor!

If you are making this as a low-carb/keto-friendly dish serve this with a salad, some baked squash, or asparagus. If you are just making this chicken because it is an easy delicious meal serve it with some rice and teriyaki broccoli. Whatever you serve this with it will be delicious! 

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Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Melt in Your Mouth Crack Chicken Recipe – OMG! Better than any restaurant and ready in under 30 minutes! Loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Only 5 ingredients – Chicken, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing mix. Can assemble chicken earlier in the day and bake when ready. Everyone LOVED this baked mayonnaise chicken! Even our mayonnaise haters! Low-carb keto-friendly and gluten-free.

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cooked chopped bacon
  • cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 (1-oz) package Ranch dressing mix (or to taste)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet or in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and ranch seasoning. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly on top of chicken.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until juices run clear.

Notes:

  • I used boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can use any cut of chicken that you enjoy. Boneless chicken tenderloins or chicken thighs will both work great.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Store-bought ranch can be salty. Please adjust in the amount in the recipe to your personal preference.
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for a lower-calorie option.
  • Make sure to use high-quality mayonnaise in this dish. I recommend Duke’s Mayonnaise or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
  • Can Baked Crack Chicken be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the dish ahead of time and bake it when you are ready.
  • Is Mayonnaise Baked Chicken gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free.
  • I prefer to use freshly grated cheese in this dish. I find that it melts better than the cheese from a bag.

Steph

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Comments

  1. So easy and tastes great! Love these few ingredient recipes which let you serve a tasty dinner even when you don’t feel like or have the time for cooking!

  2. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used three chicken breasts. I cut them in half and made six thin chicken breasts. I cooked the chicken for 25 minutes. The chicken was moist . My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. Thank You for such an easy and quick meal.

  3. Can the chicken be cooked a little in a skillet before getting placed in the oven? I followed the recipe and it turned out great! But I do feel like the mayo mixer over cooked just a little since the chicken had to fully cook.

  4. made this last night it was delish but came out a little soupy…seemed like most of the liquid came from the chicken

    1. Based on what she said about using any cut that you like, as long as they’ve been thawed out, you should be fine using tenderloins for this.

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