This ranch style chicken is smothered with bacon and cheddar cheese and marinaded in a honey dijon mustard sauce. Unbelievably delicious and easy.

All super buttery, fat laden, sugar coma good things must eventually come to an end and that’s where we’re at with PW Wednesdays.

Rachel had the last pick and I think her indecisiveness on what recipe to choose speaks to how “done” we all are with this cookbook.

I could flip through the 200+ pages and literally not get excited enough about any other recipe to want to make it, a sure sign it’s time to move on.

Ranch-style chicken

This recipe is definitely one I would’ve skimmed over and ignored if Rachel didn’t pick it for our last hurrah.

It’s basically smothered chicken like you see on every Applebees, Chilis, Outback kind of menu. In other words, played out.

So I didn’t have high expectations. Sure smothered chicken tastes good, but it’s just kind of “eh” as far as creativity.

Cheese and bacon are nothing original. I looked at the ingredients in this one and my initial thought was “boring”.

Ranch chicken

I was wrong.

It’s all about the marinade in this recipe, a simple honey dijon mustard mixture that takes it from boring chain restaurant quality smothered chicken to perfectly flavored, moist, cookbook worthy chicken.

Pioneer Woman's Ranch Chicken

For once, I didn’t sub out any of the ingredients (besides using smoked paprika instead of regular paprika) and I’m glad to know there’s at least one recipe in this book that keeps the excessiveness in check (and also forgoes sugar or butter).

I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if Ree somehow snuck sugar into a chicken recipe. If anyone can do it, my vote goes to her.

I did take the marinade, throw it in a sauce pot, boil the heck out of it because of that whole raw chicken thing and reduce it to a sauce though which was not part of the recipe.

Kind of the best decision ever.

Don’t get me wrong, a topping of cheese and bacon is delicious, but the honey and dijon mustard sauce steals the show.

Ranch style chicken

And with a simple American chicken dinner, PW Wednesday comes to a close. It’s been real folks.

For the recipe, check out Rachel’s post.

And as usual, check out Julie and Megan’s take on it as well.

Julie-Table for Two 

Megan-Wanna Be a Country Cleaver

The run down of all the other PW Wednesday recipes:

Fried chicken tacos

Mushroom swiss sliders

Carnitas pizza

Breakfast pizza

White chicken enchiladas

Billie’s Italian cream cake

Orange Sweet Rolls

Honey Plum Soy Chicken

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  1. Oh !! god, the dish looks very delicious and cute, im gonna try it tonight… Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. I like this choice too…but it definitely is because of how good that marinade sounds! I’m always into new ways to spice up chicken and will definitely be giving this one a try :)

  3. Having someone else choose recipes is such a great way to make something you would’ve overlooked! The marinade/sauce sounds delicious, I’m glad it surprised you :)

  4. Love the reviews you make on PW recipes. I think that’s something that should be done, and you have every right to do so. That marinade/sauce sounds delicious though, and I’m sure the hubs will love it!

  5. I’m barely a fan of chicken… But add bacon and a good sauce to almost anything and I’m
    in heaven!

  6. “It’s all about the marinade in this recipe, a simple honey dijon mustard ..” <—- it usually is in all food! From tofu to chicken, the marinade makes it!

  7. Mustard sauces are the best – I am always a fan of cooking marinades – so much flavor in there. Is there another cookbook series coming? This seemed like a lot of fun!

  8. I agree that her recipes are a bit excessive. Of course something will taste good with a cup of butter and sugar, but it will leave YOU feeling awful. This particular recipe is one that I can get on board with. Looking forward to seeing what cookbook ya’ll choose to follow next.