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Oven-Baked Ranch Chicken

This is one dinner you won't have to worry about while it's cooking! With just a little prep, this Ranch Oven-Baked Whole Chicken is juicy and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Marybeth Feutz

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. (Yes, 500 degrees. Trust me!)
  • Place onion, apple, and water into a microwave-safe bowl. (I like using these measuring cups.) Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, remove the giblets from the chicken.
  • Place the chicken on a rack inside a roasting pan, and liberally brush the chicken with canola oil.
  • Fold a length of aluminum foil into a triangle shape, and mold the foil to the chicken breast (with the tip of the triangle pointing toward the legs).
  • Carefully remove the foil and brush the "<g class="gr_ gr_200 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="200" data-gr-id="200">down side</g>" of the foil with canola oil. Set the foil triangle aside, being sure to keep the shape.
  • When the microwave is done, use tongs to carefully place the onion and apple inside the chicken's cavity.
  • Sprinkle the ranch packet over the entire surface of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken in the hot oven and cook at 500 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees.
  • Gently place the foil triangle over the chicken breast.
  • Place a probe-style meat thermometer in the center of one chicken breast, through the foil.
  • Place the chicken back into the oven (do not wait for the oven to cool down to 350 degrees).
  • Let the chicken cook until the internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches at least 165 degrees F (about 1-1/2 to 2 hours total cooking time).
  • If you notice that the tops of the wings or legs are starting to get burnt, you can cover them with additional strips of aluminum foil.
  • Let the chicken rest (and cool) for about 5 minutes before carving.