Oven Baked Mississippi Chicken (5 ingredients)

Oven Baked Mississippi Chicken Recipe – Super easy to make & dangerously delicious! Only 5 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Chicken seasoned with ranch dressing mix, au jus mix. Top the chicken with pepperoncini pepper slices and butter and bake. A great weeknight meal the whole family will love!

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

Move over Mississippi Pot Roast and say hello to Oven-Baked Mississippi Chicken! All the flavors of our favorite pot roast but in an easy 30-minute meal. We ate this chicken for lunch last week and were blown away. Chicken Legs took one bite and couldn’t stop raving about how good this tasted. He has already requested it again this week. Whip up some hearty side dishes for a meal that is sure to become a family favorite!

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How to Make Mississippi Chicken in the Oven

This chicken is SUPER easy to make with only 5 basic ingredients. Plus, this recipe only takes about 5 minutes of prep time. Place the chicken breasts in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the chicken with both packets of au jus gravy mix and ranch seasoning mix. Top the chicken with sliced pepperoncini peppers and butter. Bake uncovered in a preheated oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – chicken tenders, chicken breasts, or chicken thighs.
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • Do NOT make the ranch dressing or gravy. You are going to only use the dry mix.
  • If you are sensitive to the ranch seasoning mix, adjust it to your personal preference.
  • You can use jars of pepperoncini or banana peppers.
  • Is Mississippi Chicken spicy? Not at all! Pepperoncini peppers are more sweet than spicy.
  • Can I freeze the Cooked Chicken? Yes! Cook the chicken and cool to room temperature. Place chicken in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Is Mississippi Chicken low carb? Yes! All of the ingredients in this recipe are low carb and keto-friendly.
  • Feel free to add some melted provolone cheese on top during the final few minutes of cooking. 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
plate of chicken & green beans

What to Serve with Mississippi Chicken

This chicken has been on repeat at our house. It is super simple to make and tastes amazing!! Our favorite sides to serve this with are green beans, rice or pasta, and our favorite French Onion Cheese Bread. It is equally delicious with mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash and broccoli. Don’t forget those pan juices! There is TONS of great flavor in there! Add this to your menu ASAP! It is sure to earn a spot in your dinner rotation.

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Oven Baked Mississippi Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Oven-Baked Mississippi Chicken – Super easy to make & dangerously delicious! Chicken seasoned with ranch dressing mix, au jus gravy mix. Top the chicken with pepperoncini pepper slices and butter and bake. Ready to eat in 30 minutes. A great weeknight meal the whole family will love! #chicken #ranch #gravy #ovenbaked


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (1-oz) packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 (1-oz) packet Au Jus Gravy mix
  • cup sliced jarred pepperoncini peppers or banana peppers
  • ½ cup butter, sliced


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Place chicken in the baking dish. Sprinkle with ranch seasoning and au jus gravy mix.
  • Top the chicken with pepperoncini peppers and top wtih butter slices.
  • Bake chicken for 25 to 30 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.


  • Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – tenderloins, breasts, or thighs.
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • Do NOT make the ranch dressing or gravy. You are going to only use the dry mix.
  • If you are sensitive to the ranch seasoning mix, adjust it to your personal preference.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can use pepperoncini or banana peppers.
  • Is Mississippi Chicken spicy? Not at all!
  • Feel free to add some cheese during the final few minutes of cooking. This is great with mozzarella or provolone on top.


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  1. Need this tonight. I am gluten-free so I made gluten-free chicken gravy and that’s what I put over the chicken with the ranch powder. Everything else was done exactly the same. I used chicken tenders for the recipe and serve the chicken with white rice. The sauce and extra gravy were delicious over the rice. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  2. I give it 4 stars only because it was a bit too salty for my liking BUT I only used two chicken breasts that were 1.30lbs so maybe that’s why. Next time I’ll use half of each packet and half the butter (even though butter was unsalted). Fantastic dish!! Very good despite the sodium.

  3. I made mine with bone-in thighs and used the Fiesta ranch instead of plain ranch mix. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to but I sprinkled the seasonings on both sides. I also let it set for a few minutes before baking. This will be one of my go-to dinner.

  4. This was a HIT! My son who’s birthday is coming up in October for the last 22yrs he’s had only 1 wish for his birthday supper. It has now been replaced with this…I have no leftovers because he took them home. Thanx for sharing

  5. If you are looking for the sign to make this meal, this is it. It’s absolutely delicious. I use all the ingredients, with banana peppers and add mozzarella cheese. Husband approved. Make this tonight.

  6. Tried this last night and my kids LOVED LOVED it. We all did! So easy. So awesome. This is now absolutely one of our go-to recipes.

  7. I was wondering if you have a recipe to make a homemade au jus? My husband has to eat low sodium. I can make the ranch with out salt so that’s not an issue, but I can not find an no sodium au jus or any gravy mix for that matter. I really want to make this!!! Thanks 😊

    1. I don’t worry about it. Whenever I add the peppers, I always pour a bit of the liquid from the jar in with the chicken too. Delicious!

  8. I only have chicken tenders. Do I bake them at the same temperature as breasts? And length of time? Thanks in advance for your help.

  9. This was soooo good! My husband and I enjoyed every bite. I used some of the brine from the peppers under the chicken which I think made more gravy which was absolutely delicious. I am actually cooking a whole week of Plain Chicken recipes.

  10. Can you make this ahead of time to have ready in the refrig? I mean, put all the dry ingredients on and the butter slices, then just pop in the oven when you’re ready?

  11. Loved this!! I have had the pot roast, but really loved the chicken version! Husband picked up thin cutlets, instead of breast, I had pickled jalapeños when I thought it was a jar of pepperoncinis and I added a bunch of diced gold potatoes around the edge. It turned out great and our house smelled dreamy! Husband kept asking when it would be ready!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  12. YUM! I eat Paleo for an autoimmune condition (no dairy, grains, gluten, etc.), so the prepackaged mixes were a no-no for me. I used your recipe for homemade ranch dressing (minus the buttermilk) and dried onions with coconut aminos (like a soy sauce) instead of the packaged brown gravy mix, and ghee (clarified butter) for the butter . . . I followed all the rest of the directions and got a HUGE THUMBS UP from my husband and college-aged boys! There was a little vinegary tang with subtle heat (but was not spicy) and the chicken turned out super tender following the directions. So excited to add this to our quarantine rotation. Could see this being amazing with a pork shoulder done in the crockpot too. Thank you for such an easy but tasty recipe!

    1. It’s not angus mix, it’s Au Jus, and it is in the aisle of your grocery store with the packets of gravy mix and sloppy joe mix, etc.

    2. Made this tonight. But I tweaked it by adding a can of Del Monte whole kernel corn with poblano and red peppers. Also had spicy cheesy cornbread with it. Yum yum Super yummy.

  13. From the picture I thought it was bone in skin on breast, but I thought I’d give the boneless breast a shot. My, my. Moist. Flavorful. Mississippi, if that’s the origin of this dish, knows what they were doing.

  14. Do you use the full packets of ranch and au jus? Or do you just sprinkle until tops of chicken are well covered?

  15. Can this be made with frozen chicken breasts? That’s all I’ve got right now. If so, would the cooking time change? And for how much longer? Thanks!

    1. I am sure it could. I don’t know the cooking time change. You will just need to check it and cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

  16. I am trying a packet of turkey gravy. Also, onion instead of pepperchinis or banana peppers. I am hoping for the best.

      1. It won’t taste or look the same as the photos on the website. Turkey gravy and Au Jus are not the same things.

  17. My hubby is allergic to pork and beef…what can I use in place of the Au jus gravy? Packet of chicken gravy mix?

    1. I am not comfortable making a recommendation as I am not familiar with your husband’s allergies. Please just use your best judgment.

      1. I’m so looking forward to trying this! 😋😋

        I use dry French onion soup mix in the place of the gravy when I make Mississippi pot roast. It’s delicious, not sure how it would work on the chicken but I’m excited to find out!

      2. I’ve got to tell you the Mississippi Pot Roast was the absolute best pot roast I’ve ever eaten, let alone made lol. My 32 year old daughter asked for the recipe and surprisingly made it the very next weekend. I made dinner for my parents as well and my dad loved it. Win win win! I’m so excited to try it with chicken. You’ve solved my problem of what’s for Sunday dinner!

    2. I am trying a packet of turkey gravy. Also, onion instead of pepperchinis or banana peppers. I am hoping for the best.

  18. Could this be done with porkchops? What adjustments would you make for timing? I always mess up porkchops!

    1. I’m sure it could. But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty on cooking times. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    2. I haven’t made this in the oven, but I used the Original Mississippi Roast recipe and subbed the same amount of pork loin, sliced, for the beef and cooked it in the crockpot. It was delicious and I’m thinking this recipe simply CANNOT fail you. I cannot wait to try this in the oven, as the crockpot version is scrumptious als

    3. I made this with ribeye boneless pork chops in crock pot and added about 1 cup of water after it was
      on 1 1/2 it looked a little dry, I only used 1/2 stick butter and cooked on low around 4 or 5 hours, last 1 1/2 added a small container of Shitake mushrooms and let me say turned out delish, served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

  19. This sounds great. A lot like smothered chicken when you top it of with mozzarella. This recipe is a MUST try! Thanks!!!

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