Ranch Fried Chicken

Your favorite salad dressing plays a role in giving this crispy fried chicken more flavor. Save some to serve on the side for dipping, and mix a few dollops into the breading so each bite has creamy ranch flavor.

Ranch Fried Chicken
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • cup ranch salad dressing

  • 2 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (1 1/2 sleeves)

  • 1 tablespoon ranch dry salad dressing mix

  • ½ teaspoon paprika (optional)

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 ½ - 3 pound meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and/or drumsticks), skinned if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place flour in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish combine eggs and 1/3 cup ranch dressing. In a third shallow dish combine crushed crackers, ranch dressing mix, and, if desired, paprika. Coat chicken with flour; dip in egg mixture and coat with cracker mixture.

  2. In a 12-inch heavy skillet heat oil over medium. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until golden, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is done (170°F for breasts; at least 175°F for thighs and drumsticks). If desired, cover and chill up to 24 hours. Serve with additional ranch dressing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
28g Fat
32g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 739mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 34g
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 301mg 6%
Folate, total 70.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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