Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Grilled Farmhouse Ranch Chicken with Apple Wood Bacon and Smoked Cheddar

 I found a dressing at the grocery that sounded, (and tasted) really yummy but... it had that nasty ingredient, MSG! Growl, why not just leave that OUT of food?!! Anyway I decided move on and do my best to come up with something similar that is minus the chemicals. I mean, bad-for-you chemicals and the word food should never be in the same sentence. Right?! Okay, I'm gonna go ahead and climb down from my 'high horse' now and share it with you.☺ Mine was not thick like the bought stuff but had a really good flavor. It was more of a marinade than a dressing.

1 cup buttermilk
½ cup sour cream
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
2½ teaspoons lemon juice
1 TBS. dried onion flakes
1 TBS. Roasted Garlic and Herb
¾ teaspoon Smoked Sea Salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 TBS. fresh red bell peppers,
finely diced
Fresh Parsley
Fresh Dill

8 boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves,
pounded* or cut in half horizontally.

*I dislike pounding so I often just use a very sharp knife and cut small slashes across the grain in the thick part of the breast. Works for me.

Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken breasts until covered. Marinate 4-8 hours. Discard marinade and grill chicken to your satisfaction.

Top with precooked Apple wood Bacon and Smoked Cheddar/Swiss Cheese. Drizzle with Ranch Dressing of your choice. ☺



  1. This sounds really really yummy! My kind of meal.

  2. sounds delish! I love how you can taste something store-bought and figure out how to make it yourself. That is talent, girl, let me tell you!

  3. These look so yummy! Mmmmm.

  4. What a great recipe. Your chicken looks delicious and this is a dish I know my family would enjoy. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

  5. Thanks for the recipe, my family loves chicken and I am always looking for great ways to make it and this sounds delicious.