Delicious and Easy Chicken Dinner {Recipe}

March 17, 2014

When planning our weekly dinners (yes, I am actually doing this now in an attempt to be organized), my husband ALWAYS requests this delicious, easy chicken dinner. In fact, this is his FAVORITE dinner so I figured I had to share the recipe with you all.  This recipe was given to my mom from her friend Rose, so we have unofficially named this dish “Rose’s Chicken”. I can’t even tell you how easy this is to make. Prep time is less than 5 minutes – it is so insanely EASY…. even with a kid (or two) hanging on your leg.

easy chicken dinner


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 bag fresh spinach (5 ounces)

Ranch dressing (for marinating chicken; approx 1-1.5 cups)

1 jar of salsa (I recommend buying a higher quality salsa)

1/4 cup buttered bread crumbs

feta cheese or goat cheese (enough to sprinkle on top of dish – approx. 3 ounces)


Ahead of time: Marinate chicken breasts in Ranch dressing for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Empty bag of spinach into casserole dish. This will seem like a TON of spinach, but it will wilt when cooking.

2. Shake excess dressing from chicken breasts and lay on top of spinach.

3. Pour jar of salsa on top of chicken (if the salsa you buy is particularly watery, you can strain some of the excess juice)

4. Top the salsa with the buttered bread crumbs (melt 1-2 tbsp of butter and mix with breadcrumbs) and sprinkle either feta or goat cheese on top.

5. Bake uncovered until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees (typically 45 minutes depending on thickness of chicken).

And that’s it! My husband’s favorite easy chicken dinner – totally man-pleasing. Oh, and I think it’s pretty great too.


I have also tried this with frozen spinach and it works! Substitute fresh spinach with an entire bag of frozen spinach. Do not thaw. Place frozen spinach in dish and follow remaining steps.

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  • Brandi
    March 18, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Yummy!! I’m adding this to our meal rotation!

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    March 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

    That looks so good! I need to make that for my husband for one of our stay-at-home date nights!

  • Kim
    March 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

    This sounds so good and so easy! I think I’ll make it tonight!

  • Heather
    March 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This looks awesome! Though, I think when I make it I will add the chix on top of the spinach after baking, since I have a weird thing about the texture of baked greens 🙂

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      That’s a good idea! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Jeanine @MommyEntourage
    March 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    We love salsa so I’ll have to give this recipe a whirl. I never would have thought to combine ranch and feta cheese together but I’m sure the ranch makes a creamy marinade.

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Yes, I know! You really don’t taste the ranch at all.

  • Gina B
    March 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Sounds delicious! Rumor has it there’s an awesome dairy-free ranch dressing recipe on Pinterest, I have to check it out so I can try this. This would totally kick up my Salsa Chicken.

  • [email protected]
    March 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    i don’t like ranch dressing on salad but I like adding it to recipes, it gives great flavor.

  • Jennifer @Making Our Life Matter
    March 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    That looks so good. My family loves chicken, so I am going to see if I can add this to our menu!

  • Lauryn
    March 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    YUM!! This looks delicious! Pinning it for meal plan use;)

  • Rachel
    March 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Can never find too many things to do with basic chicken! Thanks!

  • Amy
    December 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    This has become a weekly favorite! Thanks 🙂

  • Megan
    February 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I make this all the time! So easy and delicious!! Thanks Linds!

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