This Ranch Grilled Chicken turns out moist, flavorful, and perfect every time. We serve this all summer long, hot off the grill. The ranch marinade adds tons of flavor and moisture to the chicken, helping it stay tender and juicy.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you might have noticed that I have a thing for ranch dressing.
I was born and raised in the Midwest, so basically ranch dressing flows through my veins. Our homemade ranch dressing is legit the best thing ever.
Can’t stop, wont’ stop, sorry not sorry.
Anyway, the weather outside has been glorious and I’ve been grilling every chance I can get. We do a lot of grilled chicken in the summer and this ranch grilled chicken is our go to. I can’t believe I haven’t shared it before now!
You’re going to love how flavorful this chicken is and it’s totally kid friendly – what kid doesn’t love ranch?
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Chicken – For this recipe I am using boneless, skinless chicken breast. You could also use boneless chicken thighs for this if that’s what you prefer.
Ranch Dressing – While we think our homemade ranch is the best, store bought will work fine too.
Oil – You can use either avocado or olive oil in this recipe. Both are tasty.
Worcestershire Sauce – It doesn’t take much of this sauce to add lots of savory flavor to any marinade!
Buttermilk – It’s going to add even more of that ranch flavor to the chicken marinade and help make the chicken more tender.
Apple Cider Vinegar – This is a great way to add some flavor and it helps to break down the surface of the chicken which tenderizes it and allows in more of the flavor from the marinade.
Hot Sauce – You can use any brand you prefer. We love Frank’s Red Hot! It’s not too spicy so it won’t overpower the ranch flavors in the chicken. The final product will NOT be spicy at all…this just balances the flavors.
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How To Make Grilled Chicken With Ranch:
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Ranch Chicken Marinade:
We love the ease and clean up of marinating chicken in plastic bags. Just toss it all in, mush it together, and pop it in the fridge. Couldn’t be simpler!
If you use plastic bags, these little bag holders make it so simple!
Of course, plastic bags aren’t the most environmentally friendly route. You can also marinate your chicken in a glass baking dish or these reusable bags.
What To Serve With Low Carb Grilled Chicken:
Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad: This one goes with anything off the grill!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: One of my favs!
Air Fryer Vegetables: So easy to make this in an air fryer for a quick side dish!
Loaded Radishes: If you haven’t cooked radishes before, you have to try these!
Cauliflower Salad: Wait until you see what I load this one up with!
Feeding your family AND sticking to your diet is about to get a whole lot simpler!
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It’ll likely take about 5 to 10 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the chicken and the heat of your grill. It’ll be safe to eat when the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees.
Any leftover chicken can be stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container for about 3 to 4 days.
You can freeze this ranch grilled chicken in a freezer safe container or bag for about 3 months! Thaw before reheating in the oven.
MORE RECIPES WITH RANCH FLAVOR!
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad
- Buffalo Ranch Chicken
- Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken
- Baked Ranch Chicken Recipe
- Ranch Nuts
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
- Baked Ranch Cheese Ball
- Baked Ranch Pork Chops
Ranch Grilled Chicken
- Add everything but the chicken to a mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.
- Add the chicken breasts to a 9×13 baking dish or gallon zip top bag and add the marinade. Stir well to coat the chicken.
- Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be.
- Heat the grill to a medium heat.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting much of it drip off the chicken, and add it to the hot grill.
- Grill for 5-10 minutes per side, until cooked through, depending on the thickness of your chicken.