Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

This delicious buttermilk ranch chicken will become a new weekly favorite! It’s made with a homemade buttermilk ranch marinade, no package ingredients here.   

Delicious Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Chicken @createdbydiane


Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

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This chicken is drool worthy!

I marinated it for 2 hours one time, overnight another time and both were fantastic.

Whether you have a little or a lot of time, this marinated chicken is sure to please.

I just love how fresh and delicious this tastes and the fresh herbs are key! There is no package or processed mix, it’s all homemade, and it results in tender delicious chicken.



marinating chicken in buttermilk ranch marinade

Take a look at all those fresh ingredients! You can just tell by looking how flavorful this chicken will be once marinated and cooked.

How does buttermilk tenderize chicken?

Buttermilk is slightly acidic, the buttermilk tenderizes the chicken, the enzymes in buttermilk also help in breaking down the protein in the chicken without making it tough.

homemade buttermilk ranch chicken recipe createdbydiane.com

How do you make buttermilk ranch dressing from scratch?

I mixed up a batch of my Buttermilk Ranch Dressing found here to drizzle over the top of the chicken I cooked in my cast-iron skillet, and served it all with red onions, tomatoes, and lemons and served it all over a bed of rice.

What a fantastic meal!

Is Buttermilk ranch the same as ranch?

Yes, traditionally ranch dressing is made with buttermilk, so buttermilk ranch is somewhat repetitive.

What can I use if I’m out of buttermilk for this recipe?

You can use sour cream instead of buttermilk a substitution in this recipe.



Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

You'll marinate the chicken for 2 hour, then cook up the most delicious tender buttermilk ranch chicken ever. You'll get requests for this tender flavorful chicken regularly.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 + servings


  • 5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk and 1/2 cup dry buttermilk
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian Parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Place chicken in a container, or gallon bag
  • Add buttermilk
  • juice of 2 lemons, then cut lemons into pieces and add them.
  • Add in chives, parsley, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix all together so that herbs and seasoning are blended well into the buttermilk.
  • Marinate for 2 hours to overnight.
  • Cook chicken in a cast iron pan, or hot skillet or grill it until the chicken is 165°.
  • Serve with additional buttermilk ranch.


you can make this with dried herbs, but fresh herbs really taste wonderful.
You can add or omit herbs to your taste but these work well.
I made a batch of buttermilk ranch dressing you can find the recipe HERE to drizzle over the cooked chicken. You'll have to click the link online to print it.


buttermilk ranch marinated chicken





buttermilk ranch chicken marinade @createdbydiane


  1. I make chicken recipes all week long for dinner, this looks great I will have to make this one for my family! Thank you!

  2. I just knew you’d have a recipe that was perfect for this week and I found it. Thanks, we’re going to love this buttermilk ranch chicken and I like that it’s all homemade, not the package stuff!

  3. This looks like the perfect recipe to make with the chicken I have in my fridge, I love how colorful it looks too.

  4. We eat a ton of chicken for dinner and I can’t wait to make this, this week for dinner, it looks so delicious.

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