Oven-Fried Ranch Chicken

With this super-tangy seasoning blend, ordinary fried chicken bursts with flavor. Best of all, you don’t even have to fry it. The oven is the perfect way to cook this chicken and if you line the baking sheet with foil, cleanup is a breeze – you can’t say that about a skillet full of hot oil! This chicken is good hot or at room temperature, making it a perfect picnic food or a nice treat for a school lunch.

Oven-Fried Ranch Chicken

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    1 2 1/2- to 3-pound frying chicken, jointed into 8 pieces Vegetable oil
    1/3 cup Ranch Seasoning Blend


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      Cut the breasts in half to make 10 pieces. Put the chicken pieces in a gallon-size zip- top bag and sprinkle it with the ranch seasoning. Seal the bag and massage the outside to make sure the chicken is completely coated in the seasoning mixture. Leave in the refrigerator to marinate at least 2 hours and preferably overnight.

    • 2

      When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly oil the foil and arrange the chicken, skin side up, on the baking sheet.

    • 3

      Roast for 45 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of a thigh should read 180 degrees F. If not, give it 5 or 10 more minutes and check again.)

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