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Baked Crack Chicken Breasts

Baked Crack Chicken Breasts, also referred to as Ranch Chicken with Bacon, is a delicious and creamy dish loaded with cheese and bacon. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine American/Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 serves
Calories 492 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced

FOR THE CHICKEN

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 (1-pound, total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika

FOR THE RANCH CREAM CHEESE

  • 4- ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, white or yellow - I use a little of both

FOR GARNISH

  • chopped fresh parsley
  • sliced green scallions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in diced bacon; cook until crispy.
  4. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside. DON'T discard bacon fat.
  5. Return skillet to heat and add vegetable oil to the remaining bacon fat.
  6. Pound chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  7. Add chicken breasts to the hot oil - you may have to do this in batches if skillet isn't big enough - and cook chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

  8. Flip over the chicken breasts, add butter, and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.
  9. Remove chicken breasts from skillet and arrange in previously prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  10. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and chives; mix until thoroughly combined. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. *You can also just stir in 1 tablespoon of store-bought ranch seasoning.

  11. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Spread to coat the surface of each chicken breast.

  12. Take half of the bacon and add on top of the cream cheese.
  13. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the chicken breasts.
  14. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  15. Remove from oven.
  16. Garnish with remaining bacon, fresh parsley, and scallions.
  17. Serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 13 

REDUCE your FREESTYLE POINTS DOWN TO 8-points by using low fat cheddar and light cream cheese. 

 

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Crack Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (6 ounces)
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 570mg24%
Potassium 548mg16%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 243mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.