Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

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Tomatillo Ranch Chicken – This juicy chicken is flavorful and delicious after being marinated, cooked, and smothered in creamy tomatillo ranch dressing!

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Music is a big thing for me. For my husband though, the radio is more of a “background noise” thing. I love country, and he’ll throw on the pop station when he gets in the car. This could have been a big deal breaker in the beginning, but I was willing to let it go because of one very important thing we have in common: our deep adoration for Mexican food. I loooooove Mexican food. LOVE it passionately. When I was a kid, I ate so many burritos my mother would say “you’re going to turn into a burrito!” and oh how I’d wished she were right.

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Of course, I’m in the mood for Mexican food every meal of every day ever, but my husband made a really interesting point this week. He mentioned that after Thanksgiving he always has to have a spicy Mexican meal. Although I’d never be opposed to it, I asked him why. He said that something about the “bland” Thanksgiving flavors makes him crave something with a  real good kick afterwards. I thought about it for a minute, and then realized I totally agree! Now, I personally wouldn’t say Thanksgiving flavors are “bland” but I get what he’s trying to say.

I fixed up this super easy Tomatillo Ranch Chicken and it really hit the spot! The creamy ranch with big tomatillo and cilantro flavors were perfect. The chicken was juicy and flavorful after marinating it in the dressing, cooking it in the dressing, and loading plenty of extra on top. We loved the creamy dressing and my husband mentioned afterwards that he’d like to use the leftovers on a salad. This yummy chicken dish is easy to throw together and perfect for a simple and delicious weeknight meal!

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

What people are saying about this Tomatillo Ranch Chicken 

“It’s me again. I just wanted to say that this recipe was a HUGE HIT!! Will be a regular on our menu. Hubby LOVED it. Thank you so much for sharing this simple yet delicious dish. I will be trying out your chicken recipes as well.” – Christine

“Just made this tonight – sooooo good! My husband gave it a 10/10 and he’s picky. Definitely a “make again” recipe. Great way to use up tomatillos from our garden without making salsa verde. Thanks!!!” – Gretchen

“I just wanted to tell you how much my family loved this recipe. It will surely be a regular in our house! We paired it with a black bean and avocado salad – delish! Thank you for sharing!” – Chrystal 

“Tiffany, this was absolutely delicious. My husband and I too are big fans of Mexican food and especially cilantro. This was fantastic. My husband said he could just eat the sauce over Jasmine rice and it would still be great. Thank you for sharing! I will try many more of your recipes!!” – Danielle 

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

This juicy chicken is flavorful and delicious after being marinated, cooked, and smothered in creamy tomatillo ranch dressing!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 package buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 3 tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts


  • Blend together mayo, buttermilk and next five ingredients. Pour 1 cup of dressing into a large ziplock back. Add chicken breasts. Seal and chill at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375. Discard marinade and place chicken breasts side by side in a shallow baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Top with additional dressing and serve with rice if desired. Enjoy!
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Just made this tonight – sooooo good! My husband gave It a 10/10 and he’s picky. definitely a “make aGain” recipe. Great way to use up TOMATILLOs from our garden without making salsa verde. Thanks!!!

    Hi Gretchen- you grow tomatillo’s in your garden?! YUM! So happy to hear it was enjoyed by all! You just can’t beat (picky) husband approved!! Way to go. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      I like to try to grow one new thing every year or so and this Year it’s tomatillos! The plant is hUge though, so i don’t know what we’re going to do with them all. They’ve been very easy to gRow!

5 stars
That sauce is unbelievable. I also added a serrano pepper for a little kick. Also I used boneless chicken thighs as I like the flavor better. great dish

    Nice job, Douglas! Sounds fantastic. Thanks for your feedback!

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