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Updated on December 14, 2008
Cheesy Ranch Chicken
Cheesy Ranch Chicken

Lots of people think cooking is very complicated ... and it can be. There are a myriad of elaborate recipes ... with endless ingredients to obtain and numerous steps to follow. I find such recipes tend to discourage me from even attempting them. Recipes that you don't even have to write down have the opposite effect. They're easy to remember and in the case of the recipes that follow, they also taste very good ... and they're comprised of ingredients that can usually be found in most kitchens.


Cheesy Ranch Chicken

Pour a generous amount of Ranch dressing into a baking dish and spread to cover the bottom of the dish with a thin coating. Place boneless chicken breasts in baking dish and add more ranch dressing, spreading to cover all pieces of chicken. Sprinkle with grated colby jack cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes ... or until juices run clear (thicker chicken pieces will take longer to cook). Serve over egg noodles with a side salad.


Crockpot Beef Stew

Stir together 1 can of tomato soup and 1 can of cream of celery soup in the bottom of a crockpot. Add diced potatoes, sliced carrots and any other vegetables that appeal to you. Add stew beef cut into bite sized pieces, a small package of frozen corn and 1/2 soup can full of water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with saltines and fresh fruit.

Peanut Butter Scotchies

Stir together 1 egg, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter. When well combined, add 1/2 cup butterscotch baking chips and form into balls. Place equidistant on cookie sheet and press gently with a fork to make a slight criss-cross pattern on top of each. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes two dozen cookies. Store in airtight container (if they last that long!).



Please add a comment if you have a recipe to share that is so easy to remember that you don't need to write it down.


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    • Journey * profile image

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi indy cindy,

      That cheesy ranch chicken looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

      - Journey *

    • jim10 profile image


      8 years ago from ma

      These sound delicious and really easy. Thanks.

    • knell63 profile image


      9 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      loved your recipes, mine would be cheese on toast, its all in the name, cheese and toast, cook for two minute, add butter and cheese. Eat. Of course you can vary the cheese.

    • indy cindy profile imageAUTHOR

      indy cindy 

      9 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Ahhh ... you're right. That one sounds right up my alley.

    • justmesuzanne profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      YUMMY! Thanks for writing these down! I will try them all! :D

      You might like this one of mine:

      Create A Pot Of This And That Minestrone

      It's one you just throw together out of what you have!


    • indy cindy profile imageAUTHOR

      indy cindy 

      10 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Rich ... and creamy ... yes it is. If you try the recipe ... and change it to suit yourself, feel free to let me know what you came up with. Thank you for your comment ... and enjoy.

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      10 years ago from Northern California

      Cheesy ranch chicken! Wow, that sounds amazingly rich! I love recipes you don't need to read out of a book... but for me, I tend to need step-by-step directions, and then change it as I please. Good Hub!

    • indy cindy profile imageAUTHOR

      indy cindy 

      10 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thanks Jim. Savoring that Cheesy Ranch Chicken is pure pleasure for the taste buds ... pleasure worthy of sharing. It's nice to know that your family enjoys this dish almost as much as mine does.

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      Jim Bruer 

      10 years ago

      Having tasted all of these from Cindy's very own hands, I can attest to their 'tastiness' .. and wonderfulness for warming both the belly and the heart. :)

      Indeed, the recipe for cheesy-ranch-chicken in particular has been shared with members of my own family (who make it themselves) ... and 'I' (who 'never' cook) have made the dish myself.

      It's .... 'delish'!! :D

    • indy cindy profile imageAUTHOR

      indy cindy 

      10 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thanks Bob ... and Dottie. I'm sure you'll find that it's so easy ... and delicious ... that it will become as regular a meal in your household as it is in mine. Enjoy!

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      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks indy cindy. Can't wait to try the cheesy ranch chicken. Sounds soo yummy!

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      I love basic food, cheesy ranch chicken sounds delicious.

    • indy cindy profile imageAUTHOR

      indy cindy 

      10 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      You're very welcome. Whenever I discover a winning combination ... especially one that tastes good ... and is created with things easily found in almost any kitchen ... I am eager to share them with others. Enjoy!

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      These recipes are wonderful. thank you!! they look easy and tasty! =))

    • indy cindy profile imageAUTHOR

      indy cindy 

      10 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      The cheesy ranch chicken is absolutely wonderful! My all time favorite ... and that of my teens as well. The great thing about it is that you don't have to measure anything ... and it will come out excellent anyway. We usually go a little heavy on the ranch ... and the cheese (more than in the photo ... as that was only my second time making it) and I tend to cut the chicken breasts up some. Then I serve the chicken over egg noodles and ladle on the sauce. Mmmm!

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      christine almaraz 

      10 years ago from colorado springs

      That cheesy ranch chicken looks so good. I love recipes that require minimal ingredients. These recipes are right up my ally. Thanks.


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