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Baked Chicken with Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Ranch Dressing Recipe

Updated on October 24, 2015
Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Ranch Baked Chicken. And yes, I really do like peas!
Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Ranch Baked Chicken. And yes, I really do like peas!
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Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Ranch Chicken Dish

It seems like I hear the same thing from just about everybody these days: "I'm tired of eating the same old thing." Well, let me help you with that!

Flamin' Hot Cheetos are awesome. They may have a bad reputation, but that's because kids are addicted to them. They're even banned in schools because, like most chips and junk food, they are unhealthy when eaten in large quantities, and because janitors are tired of cleaning up the bright red residue that can come from these tasty crunchy goodies.

So, if your kids are into these snacks or if you want something different to make for supper, then try this recipe for baked chicken with Flamin' Hot Cheetos and ranch dressing. It's tasty and, with only three ingredients, pretty easy to make, too. Enjoy!

(Note: Also, though most spicy foods will sort of "mellow out" in the fridge, this is not true with this recipe. If anything, it will get hotter by the time you reheat and serve it as leftovers. You've been warned.)

Also: Make this dish with regular Cheetos!

If you're not into the hot or spicy stuff, try making this with regular crunchy Cheetos (the orange-colored ones). Cheetos puffs will pretty much disintegrate before you even get a chance to cook them, so don't use those!

Ingredients

Flamin' Hot Cheetos and ranch dressing. This is all you need to coat your chicken with before popping it into the oven!
Flamin' Hot Cheetos and ranch dressing. This is all you need to coat your chicken with before popping it into the oven!
  • 1/4 cup crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos for every piece of chicken
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing for every piece of chicken
  • Chicken, any type you'd like (breast, cutlet, thighs, etc.)

1. Preheat Your Oven

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Note that you don't need to grease your baking sheet or pan, because Cheetos have plenty of oil in them already.

2. Crush Your Cheetos

Next, you're going to crush your Cheetos up so that they can easily coat your chicken. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • Blender. Place the chips into a blender.
  • Place into a bag. You can also put your Cheetos in a freezer Ziploc-style bag and crush them by using a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer.
  • In a bowl or plate. I usually just pour them into a bowl (a pie pan, plate, or anything flat will also work) and smash them with a bottom of a very sturdy glass or cup. If you do it this way, push the glass down and then rock it from side to side to grind it.

Note: Do not pulp these guys to the point that they're powdery — you'll want them still crumbly. See pics in this article for reference.

3. Coat Your Chicken

Now, you'll coat your chicken.

  • First, coat both sides of your chicken by first dipping your chicken pieces thoroughly into a bowl of ranch dressing.
  • Then, cover the ranch-dipped chicken with the crushed Cheetos by dipping it into your separate bowl of Cheetos.

Use any leftover crumbled Cheetos to fill in any bare spots on your chicken.
Use any leftover crumbled Cheetos to fill in any bare spots on your chicken.

4. Bake and Enjoy!

You're all set to bake them! Take your red-coated chicken pieces and place them onto a baking sheet or pan (as mentioned, you don't need to grease these). Use the following times for baking:

  • 20-30 minutes for boneless breasts
  • 40-50 minutes for thighs
  • 35-40 minutes for drumsticks
  • 30-40 minutes for wings
  • 30-40 minutes for bone-in breasts

Note: Bake times may vary according to oven, and you know your oven better than I do! Just make sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through.

A close-up of the delicious chicken and the layers of ranch and Cheetos.
A close-up of the delicious chicken and the layers of ranch and Cheetos.
Your meal, ready to be enjoyed!
Your meal, ready to be enjoyed!

Bonus Tips: Variations

The possibilities are endless! Pick your favorite and try it out.
The possibilities are endless! Pick your favorite and try it out.

The number of ways you can make this dish is really endless! Some tips:

Instead of Flamin' Hot Cheetos:

  • You can try this with pretty much any kind of chips or crackers. I've used Funyuns, Doritos and even those Chicken in a Biscuit crackers.
  • If you don't have enough of the chips or crackers, add in a handful of plain corn flakes, rice cereal, or plain old dried bread crumbs if you have them. This is a great way to use up that last handful of chips that have gone stale.
  • Note: I wouldn't recommend the kettle-cooked types of chips or anything that is super crunchy or harder. They might be rather hard to crush.

Instead of Ranch:

  • The ranch dressing is also optional. You can use anything, from Italian dressing to plain old mayonnaise or sour cream.
  • Just make sure you use enough of it to get every bit of the surface of the chicken (or pork chops, whatever you want to use!) That is how the chips or cracker mixture is going to stick to your meat.

Be creative and have a blast!

Video: Make Your Own Shake & Bake

Hope You Enjoy!

Did you make this and love (or hate) it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

© 2013 Georgianna Lowery

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      Alida Jimenez 13 months ago

      My daughter Yezennia made the breaded chicken tenders with ranch dressing and flaming hot cheetos with a nice salad. One our favorite dinner dishes, not bad for a 14 year old. Thanks

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this fun recipe. Seems like it's something that could be a real hit at a family reunion or 4th of July party.

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Georgianna, congrats on HOTD, since I visited this hub last fall. Nice work!

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      Keith Abt 16 months ago from The Garden State

      Looks yummy. I've done the same thing with Ritz crackers.

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      flakycrustedmemry 18 months ago

      This sounds interesting, all of us who cook everyday are always looking for new ways to make chicken. Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious.

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Love this recipe. I'm going to try it out this fall. So simple with many variations to it.

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, restaurant style serving, thanks for the easy to follow recipe

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      carol7777:

      The ranch thing wasn't entirely my idea. Way back in the day (like the early 70's), my grandmother made "Rice Crispies Chicken" with smashed up cereal, and she coated the poultry first with mayonnaise. Since I don't like mayo, I use ranch instead. :)

      Gypsy48:

      Just make sure you save some for cookin'!

      kashmir56:

      It is good! I've been asking myself most of the day if it's suppertime yet so I can eat the leftovers!

      LaThing:

      I think the best part is that you don't need any seasonings or more than the three ingredients. Pass me some of those Cheetos, willya?

      Thanks for the comments! Y'all will have to come back and let me know how you liked it!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Very interesting combination.... I would have never thought of that! Love the idea, and will be trying it soon..... You know, have to get the Cheetos first, hehe! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe :)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I like anything Flaming Hot and this sounds like a very awesome recipe !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      I love cheetos and this recipe is a good excuse to buy more cheetos! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I would never have thought to use cheetos...Interesting and most creative. We love"hot" anything..Gotta try this. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Georgie,

      Awesome, thanks for the pointers. Maybe I'll just slip one under my daughter's nose and see if she says anything without my prompting it.

      Don't get me wrong, I am the nonconformist in the kitchen, I actually love cooking and baking and experimenting with both, as a matter of fact I used to sell baked goods on Ebay. But I don't really follow recipes, I kind of "do my own thing" so I don't imagine that I'd be good at writing recipe hubs. Also, though I've seen a ton of good looking recipes here, the general consensus seems to be that they don't do that well. So I figured that I have no business jumping into the category with much better recipe competition.

      I'll tell you though, these easy to follow, simple ingredient recipes are very relatable. With the exception of throwing a dinner party or something, I don't usually want anything too fancy. I love clicking on recipes on the internet that promise "simple", "quick" or "cheap" and then there is a list of more than a dozen ingredients, half of which I can't pronounce and a handful of others that I don't even have in the home. This, this I can work with and I'm sure 0thers would find it, quick, simple and cheap enough to do. We are living in a time where those factors are extremely appealing.

      I will absolutely let you know how my attempt comes out, maybe I'll even take a picture of my daughter's first bite! :-)

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Cantuhearmescream:

      When you first make it, this isn't really that spicy. The ranch cuts the spice some to begin with. For some reason, though, the leftovers can be hot as heck!

      This is the first recipe I've written for HubPages. I have one more that I might do, but I'm not trying to make a career out of writing them. Half the time, I just don't know what to say and I'm not one for measuring or cooking for any specific amount of time. My recipes would be confusing to say the least!

      Let me know how the family likes this, and thank you for your comment! :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Georgie,

      Okay, I usually try to stay away from food hubs because I think I have ADHD and 20 tabs open at all times... if I added recipe hubs into my day, my children would probably die of starvation waiting for me to get off the computer. But this, this girlfriend ROCKS! What an awesome idea. My family does really well with spicy chicken meals to begin with and I have a hella Buffalo Chicken Dip with Red Hot and Blue Cheese, but I've never thought about dinnertime! My youngest probably couldn't handle the heat, but maybe I can make her a breast with regular Cheetos? Ya know the left over crumbs in the bottom of chip bags; I usually use them for a change of tastes and the bottom of the bag of our "plainer" cereals. I love coating our meat and it does so well with the kids. Thanks for this idea; we will be eating it this week! You rock girl!

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      billybuc:

      If there's one thing I am not, it's boring. That whole class thing? I dunno? I have a t-shirt that says "Classic, not classy" on the back! I hope you try this, even if it doesn't have Velveeta in it!

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      NMLady:

      It is every bit as good as it looks. I made four pieces tonight (cutlets, not whole breasts, but still) and swore I was only going to eat one. Somehow I only have two left! Meatloaf Doritos? I may have to check that out, two of my favorite foods in the same sentence!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As odd as this sounds, I would eat it in a heartbeat. :) Thank God it wasn't another boring recipe; this one has class.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      OMGoodness, this looks sooooo good. ...see my Meatloaf Doritos!

      I will so try this!

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