Baked Ranch Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes is a 30 minute, easy, weeknight sheet pan dinner. Roasted potatoes and carrots add to a healthy dinner that’s simple for busy nights and clean up’s a breeze.
Baked Ranch Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
Regardless of your cooking skills, we all have busy nights when we don’t want to spend time in the kitchen. A chicken sheet pan dinner is just what you need when you don’t know what to fix for dinner. This only took me 8 minutes to prepare with just 6 ingredients.
Natalie was home and wanted me to come up with some dinner recipes that she could prepare in 10 minutes. Not mediocre recipes, but something she would love and could also make for friends like queso chicken or taco spaghetti.
This 30 minute Baked Ranch chicken with carrots and potatoes is a recipe that checks all those boxes.
The chicken has just a hint of sweetness from a little brown sugar and is savory due to the dried ranch dressing sprinkled over the top. It gives both the chicken and the veggies a great flavor. Both the roasted chicken and potatoes get nice and crispy while they bake.
Everyone has 10 minutes to make a healthy delicious dinner and there’s hardly any clean up – winner winner chicken dinner! 🍗
Why you’ll love it
- Ranch chicken is so easy to put together but still has a great flavor and is not your everyday oven roasted chicken.
- Sprinkling a small amount of brown sugar on the chicken pieces and then adding the powdered ranch dressing, gives it just a slightly sweet and savory flavor.
- The carrots and potatoes take on the sweet ranch flavor that even your pickiest eater will love.
- Prep in 10 minutes.
- Almost no clean up needed.
What you’ll need
- Chicken thighs – for the best flavor I use thighs with the skin and bone. You can use skinless chicken breasts but the cooking time will vary so use a meat thermometer and remove them when they are about 160º.
- Baby red potatoes – any potato will work but new potatoes and yukon gold are my favorite. For a time saver, buy the mini potatoes and just cut in half, otherwise, cut into 1 inch pieces.
- Carrots – you can use baby carrots or regular, just cut into pieces that are about the same thickness.
- Dry ranch dressing mix – you need a 1 ounce package or you can make your own ranch seasoning mix.
- Pantry items – brown sugar, garlic and olive oil.
Can you use chicken breasts instead of thighs?
Yes, but you will have to adjust the cooking time. If using a mixture. remove the pieces once they have reached 160º and cover with foil while the rest continue to cook.
How do you make baked ranch chicken
Step 1 – prepare the chicken
Rub a little brown sugar over the chicken and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
Step 2 – prepare the veggies
Add chopped carrots and potatoes around the chicken and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with ranch dressing and bake.
Pro tip: If you are in a time crunch you could do this in the morning, cover it and just take it out when you’re ready to bake.
I realize that not everyone likes chicken thighs so I’ve made this with a mixture of chicken breasts and thighs. The breasts didn’t have skin so I took them out a little earlier than the thighs and covered them in foil while the thighs finished cooking.
All my taste testers love this chicken thigh sheet pan dinner and Taylor said she would definitely be making this in the fall when she will be in her first apartment.
Another benefit to this recipe is that you can prep it in advance. I wasn’t sure when everyone was going to be here for dinner, so I put it together and placed it in the refrigerator. It only needs to bake for about 30 minutes.
Love ranch dressing but feeling like a casserole? Then try a chicken ranch pasta bake.
You can adapt this to what you have on hand, leave out the carrots and have roasted chicken thighs and potatoes for dinner. What’s nice is that the chicken, potatoes and carrots all cook in about the same amount of time.
FAQs and tips
Can you prepare this in advance?
Great news! This ranch chicken recipe can easily be prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
Do you have to use a rimmed baking sheet?
The chicken will generate a lot of juice so you need a pan with sides. if you don’t have a rimmed baking sheet, then you could bake in a large baking dish.
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Baked Ranch Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes
- 8 chicken thighs with bone and skin
- 1 to 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 lb baby red potatoes
- 1 lb baby carrots
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 oz ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix 1 package
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or spray with cooking spray.
- Pat chicken dry and salt and pepper. Rub a little brown sugar on both side of each piece of chicken, working it under the skin. Place on rimmed baking sheet.
- Scrub carrots and potatoes. Cut potatoes into quarters and place on rimmed baking sheet along with carrots in a single layer.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with ranch dressing and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place in oven and cook until internal temperature is about 160º, about 30 minutes.
- If you want to use breasts and thighs, you may need to remove the breasts earlier and cover with foil while the thicker pieces cook.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- You can leave out the brown sugar all together and still have delicious chicken.
- If you want to use a mixture of chicken pieces, just adjust the cooking time.
- This is great for leftovers, and freezes well.
- If you don’t want to use packaged ranch make your own seasoning.