Have you heard of Mississippi Roast? This takes that recipe and flips it on its head, to make it an easy, delicious chicken recipe. It is full of flavor, yet doesn’t take a lot of ingredients. Read ahead and find out why this is the next recipe you have to try!
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There is a famous crock-pot recipe called Mississippi Roast. This takes that recipe and converts it to an easy and delicious chicken recipe.
Suggestions For Your Chicken Dinner
We suggest making this chicken dish with a vegetable and a side of white rice. The rice is actually really important to this meal, because it is the perfect vehicle for all of the flavor packed juice that this chicken recipe produces.
So before you start putting your chicken together, you will want to get your rice cooking so it’s ready once your chicken is finished cooking.
I love to use my rice cooker because I can get white rice on the table with no effort. Let the cooker do the work for you while you put together your chicken.
What You Will Need
There is not a long ingredient list with this recipe, and it can be adjusted easily for different size families.
Ingredients You Will Need
- Chicken – A lot of people use full chicken breast for this recipe. I prefer chicken tenders so I don’t have to cook the chicken as long and it stays super moist (plus it is less expensive).
- Ranch Dressing Packet – If you are making a full pan of this, you will need one full packet of dry Ranch Dressing mix.
- Jar of Diced Peperoncini Peppers – For a full pan, you will use about half the peppers, and half the juice in a 16 oz jar.
- Butter – The amount of butter you use will depend on the number of pieces of chicken you have. But you want a small pad on top of each piece of chicken.
- Cheese – I didn’t include cheese in the photo because I don’t want you to think you have to use one certain type of cheese. I use Pepper Jack when I make this chicken recipe because it works well with the peppers, but in a pinch I have used Colby Jack, and it was still so good. So if you want to take the heat down, use a more mild cheese, but if you want maximum flavor then use a more flavorful cheese.
Bonus Tip – If you prefer a spicier meal, then you can use a hotter pepper. If I am making this meal just for my family (who I know can handle spicy), I like to use Hot Banana Peppers instead of the milder Peperoncinis.
Tools You Will Need
- 9 x 13 Glass Baking Dish – this would be for a full pan of chicken. If you were only cooking for 2 and didn’t want leftovers then a 9 x 9 glass dish would work just as well.
I really love Pyrex when using glass wear in the kitchen, it is just nice and sturdy. I have had my Pyrex stuff for 25 years now, and have yet to break a single piece. This Pyrex set from Amazon is a good deal for this much Pyrex with lids.
- Knife and Cutting Board – You will need this if you decide to cut the chicken tenders in half like I do. If you leave them whole, then this won’t be necessary.
Putting Together Your Easy, Delicious Mississippi Chicken
First you will preheat your oven to 350, and get out your glass baking dish. Next, I get out a knife and cutting board.
I like to cut my chicken tenders in half to make it easier to plate, and store leftovers. Once your chicken is cut you can start with the easy steps of putting your delicious chicken together.
Place your cut up chicken tenders in your glass baking dish.
Sprinkle your dry packet of ranch dressing over the chicken. Try making sure it is as even as possible across the dish so that each piece of chicken gets some coverage.
Distribute half of the diced Peperoncini peppers (or hot banana peppers) across your chicken. Then pour half of the juice from that same jar across the whole pan.
Now, take your stick of butter and cut off a small slab of butter for each piece of chicken and lay them on top. This lets the butter melt down each piece.
Cover the entire pan with the shredded cheese of your choosing (in these photos, we used a shredded pepper jack cheese).
Now cover the whole pan in foil and place it in the oven to bake for 35 minutes.
Finishing Up Your Easy, Delicious Chicken Recipe
Once the 35 minutes is up, remove the foil from the dish and continue to bake it for an additional 5 minutes. This helps make sure all the cheese is nice and melted.
After the total 40 minutes, your dish should look something like this.
The cheese will be nice and melted.
Serving Your Delicious Mississippi Chicken
As stated above, we highly recommend serving your chicken with white rice. We also recommend you serve it with a vegetable to make it a more balanced meal, but also to add some color to your plate.
Green beans are an excellent choice with this meal. Not only does the flavor work really well, but the green really brightens up the plate. Of course, use whatever works best for your family.
I like to plate a large scoop of rice, and then place a few of the pieces of chicken on top. Then I spoon some of the juice from the pan over the chicken and rice. The rice will soak up the juice and make it very flavorful.
Then I add the veggies in the space that’s left. I finish off by adding a few of the cooked peppers for garnish.
Leftovers and Meal Planning with your Mississippi Chicken
This recipe is so delicious served fresh for dinner. But another thing that makes this completed meal a real winner, is it reheats so well.
The juice you pour over the chicken and rice just continues to soak into the meal and permeate it with flavor once it is stored. And it keeps the food from drying out.
This makes it great for leftovers the next day, or for individual meal planning. My husband loves for me to take the leftovers and pack them for lunches for his work week.
Because I want the juice to make my leftovers more flavorful, I pack them like I would plate them, with the rice on the bottom, and the chicken a juice on top. It makes for delicious meals up to 3 days after cooking.
My husband likes to take them packed like this, so he can just pop it in the microwave for a quick, but amazing lunch at work. You can get 2 compartment serving containers similar to mine here.
This chicken recipe is super easy and delicious. It can easily become a staple in your rotation. It makes for an amazingly flavorful dinner on a busy night, or a great way to prep yummy lunches for your week.
How would you use this recipe, for a great dinner on a busy weeknight, or for meal planning out your week? Let us know in the comments. Either way, make sure you give it a try!
Mississippi Chicken Recipe
- 1 9×13 glass baking dish
- 1 piece of foil
- 1 Knife
- 1 Cutting Board
- 8 – 10 pieces chicken tenders cut in half
- 1 packet ranch seasoning
- 1/2 16 oz jar peperochinis
- 1 stick butter
- 1 handful cheese pepper jack or monteray jack
- Preheat your oven to 350, and get out your glass baking dish.
- Cut chicken tenders in half and place them in the baking dish.
- Sprinkle your dry packet of ranch dressing over the chicken. Try making sure it is as even as possible across the dish so that each piece of chicken gets some coverage.
- Distribute half of the diced Peperoncini peppers across your chicken. Then pour half of the juice from that same jar across the whole pan.
- Cut off a small slab of butter for each piece of chicken and lay them on top.
- Cover the entire pan with the shredded cheese of your choosing.
- Cover the pan with foil and place in the oven.
- Cook for 35 minutes.
- Take the pan out and remove the foil. Place back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
- Serve over rice with a side of veggies.