Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

This cheap, easy, kid friendly Buttermilk Ranch Chicken recipe will be your new best friend!

This could quite possibly be the best weeknight dinner idea of all time!

It takes 5 minutes to throw together, the kids love it, and it’s amazingly delicious.

Especially if you are a busy, working mom like me.

How to Make Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

The night before you serve it, whisk together 2 cups of buttermilk, a packet of dry ranch seasoning, and a few dashes of hot sauce.

Leave out the hot sauce if you prefer, my kids like a little spice and it gives some extra flavor as well.

Pour this mixture over top of 2 pounds of chicken.

We used chicken drumsticks (or chicken drummies as they are known in my house), but thighs or bone in breasts would be just as good.

These chicken drumsticks fit perfectly in a 9×13 dish, and the marinade is thick enough that I didn’t even have to turn the chicken.

Cover with foil, place in the fridge for the following night’s dinner.

before cooking

Ok, fast forward 24 hours…remove each piece of chicken from the buttermilk mixture and place on a lined baking sheet.

A good amount of buttermilk still sticks to the chicken.

Sprinkle each piece, on all sides, with kosher salt, pepper, and another packet of dry ranch seasoning.

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 40-45 minutes and dinner is done!

The first time I made them my kids asked when we could have Buttermilk Ranch Chicken again 🙂

Easy, somewhat healthy, delicious, and everyone loves it = winner winner chicken dinner 🙂

(sorry, I had too 😉 )

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

If you like this buttermilk chicken, try these recipes also…

Sweet Lemon Chicken

Sweet Lemon Chicken

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken

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and Parmesan Ranch Chicken!

Parmesan Ranch Chicken

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Pasta

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Pasta


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Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

A kid favorite for sure, and so easy to make!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best, buttermilk, Cheap Meal, Chicken, Easy, Easy Dinner, Kid Friendly Meals, Ranch, Recipe, TikTok
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 290 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 2 pounds chicken (drumsticks, thighs, or bone in chicken breasts)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 packets dry ranch seasoning
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • Optional: hot sauce


  1. In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk, 1 packet ranch seasoning, and hot sauce (if using hot sauce).

  2. Arrange the chicken in a 9×13 pan or into gallon size bags. Pour the buttermilk ranch mixture over top of chicken. Place in fridge for 24 hours.

  3. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and place onto a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each piece with kosher salt, pepper, and the other packet of dry ranch seasoning on all sides.

  4. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

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