I made Spicy Ranch chicken for the second time tonight and it turned out really well. I was trying to mimic Applebee’s “Tequila Lime Chicken” – the original recipe, not the new one, but this turned out better.
Spicy Ranch Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breast
“Old World Fire Roasted Creations Tequila Lime Dry Rub & Marinade”
Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing
Co-Jack Cheese (Colby/ Monterey Jack)
1. Take 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sprinkle liberally with “Old World Fire Roasted Creations Tequila Lime Dry Rub & Marinade” push the rub into the chicken.
2. Place the chicken pieces in a glass baking dish (such as Pyrex).
3. Pour lots of Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch salad dressing on chicken. Use a rubber/plastic spatula to “frost” chicken. It should be completely covered with about 1/4” of salad dressing.
4. Cover chicken and dressing with fine-cut shredded Co-Jack (Colby/Monterey Jack) Cheese. I use Sargento, but it really doesn’t matter – feel free to shred your own cheese, switch to Cheddar, etc. Please note though that Co-Jack melts really nicely and results may vary with other types of cheese.
5. Place baking dish in oven and cook at 350 degrees F for about an hour, or until chicken is done.
Prep time: 5-10 Minutes; Baking Time: 1 hour; Level: Extremely Easy.
By the bye — I’ve had the spice mix I use for this chicken in my cupboard for ages and never knew what to do with it (it’s a tad salty tasting for most uses) but in this recipe it really makes the chicken moist and flavorful. No idea where I bought it, possibly Old World Market. Obviously, another lime-based pepper & salt spice mix or rub will work. Oh, same goes for the salad dressing — I needed to use up some salad dressing the first time I made this. I think Kraft also makes a “Spicy Ranch” dressing. Any Southwestern or spicy style ranch dressing would work.
This is an easy, quick, and really good recipe. It tastes wonderful. The chicken is moist and flavorful and the sauce melts down and can be spooned onto the chicken if you like a lot of sauce, or not if you don’t.