Bacon-Wrapped Ranch Chicken Strips

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Bacon-Wrapped Ranch Chicken Strips

Have you tried Litehouse salad dressings? Unlike many salad dressings, Litehouse is found in the refrigerated produce section of supermarkets in Chicagoland — its mason-style glass jars with distinctive blue lids are easy to spot. Litehouse believes that cold, glass-bottled dressing keeps ingredients fresher and better-tasting too.

Jewel-Osco shoppers can enjoy Litehouse at a special price this week through September 6th, 2016: It’s just .99 per bottle! 

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Litehouse invited me to try their salad dressings at home and share with you what I made. While I enjoy using salad dressing on salad as much as anyone else, I use salad dressings for all kinds of things too — I’ll brush them on grilled vegetables, use them as meat glazes, or pour some in a bowl to dip vegetables or tortilla chips. 

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After sampling Litehouse Homestyle Ranch, Jalapeno Ranch, and Avocado Ranch with Bacon, I decided to use the Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon as an ingredient in my bacon-wrapped chicken strips. I ended up using the same dressing for a zucchini side dish too, and both were family-pleasers here in the Cataldo house.

Bacon Wrapped Ranch Chicken Strips

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless tenders or breasts sliced into strips
  • Sliced bacon
  • Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon dressing
  • Cooking oil
  • Oven-safe skillet (this is a stovetop-to-oven recipe, so cast iron or stovetop-safe Corning Ware are good choices. I used one of each so I could cook our entire dinner at the same time…)
     

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 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Preheat skillet on the stovetop and add about a tablespoon of cooking oil. Wrap each boneless, skinless chicken strip with a slice of bacon. 
  

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Cook the bacon-wrapped chicken strips, turning on all sides until the bacon browns — about 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat. 
  

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Generously spoon Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon dressing over each bacon-wrapped chicken strip. Look at all those bacon chunks in the dressing. Isn’t everything better with more bacon? Mmm, bacon.

(If you’re curious, the bread in the background is a staple in our house too -it’s  5 Minute Artisan Bread.)

 

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 Place skillet (or skillets!) in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. 
  

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 The Litehouse dressing cooks down into a glaze for each chicken strip. They looked so good!
 

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Because we have a plethora of zucchini this season, I also decided to make some zucchini noodles to go with our dinner. A friend of mine told me about her zucchini “noodler” — a slicer that spins vegetables into noodle-like strips. I picked up this Veggie Pasta slicer at Menards for $4.

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I “noodled” the zucchini, then boiled a pot of water. Because zucchini is so water-filled to begin with, you only want to drop them into boiling water for about a minute to cook them. 

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I then drained the zucchini and tossed it with the Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon dressing for a creamy, zesty side dish.

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 Here’s the finished product! Both the chicken strips and the zucchini were so good. I’m already thinking about other ways to use these Litehouse dressings. (Grilling’s on my list next!)  The Homestyle Ranch is a savory, traditional ranch dressing, but it’s got a fresher, crisp taste than other ranch dressings we’ve purchased in the past. I think the Jalapeno Ranch would be tasty as a taco topping — it’s got a traditional ranch flavor with a little kick but not too much heat.
 


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GIVEAWAY: One of my lucky readers will win TWO free-product coupons for Litehouse to try any of their salad dressing varieties! 

Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win: This Litehouse giveaway begins today, September 1, 2016, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on September 7, 2016 at 11:59pm CST, and on September 8th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Mariola.

 


More about Litehouse

Did you know that the Litehouse company is more than 50 years old? The Hawkins family started the brand in their Idaho restaurant over five decades ago, and since that time, Litehouse has become the leader in refrigerated salad dressings, fruit and vegetable dips, sauces, Instantly Fresh herbs, blue cheese, and cold-pressed apple cider.

Litehouse is 100% employee owned, and their corporate slogan is “Families making food for families.” Litehouse’s dressings are developed in cold environments, shipped in refrigerated trucks and sold in the refrigerated produce section, because they believe “Cold is where it’s sold.”

Visit Litehouse on the web at www.litehousefoods.com. You can also follow Litehouse on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Litehouse. Responding to this post with a comment qualifies readers to enter. Duplicate posts do not increase chances of winning. The contest began at midnight CST on September 1, 2016 and will end at 11:59pm CST on September 7, 2016. One winner will be chosen via random-number generator on September 8, 2016 and announced the same day. Winner will receive two free product coupons for Litehouse products. Prize, information, and giveaway have been provided by Litehouse. I have received information to help promote the product as part of this giveaway. I have been compensated for this giveaway. Winner will be contacted via the Private Messaging feature of JillCataldo.com and via email. If a winner does not reply to the message within 48 hours of notification, that winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Fulfillment will be handled by Litehouse. Odds of winning are determined by number of eligible entries received.  Good luck to everyone!
This post was made possible by iConnect and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. Read full Disclosure Policy.

Comments

  1. Maggie says

    Oh My Goodness!! I have some tenders and bacon in the freezer and will for sure hit up Jewel today for the dressing!!
    Your bread looks amazing, too!!

  2. MamaHan says

    Cool, my nephew loves salads and this is his favorite brand of dressing. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway, Jill! :)

  3. DiscountQueen says

    That recipe looks great. I have tried the Coleslaw dressing and it is one of the best I have ever tried. Definitely want to try these other flavors.

  4. SSMark1 says

    Litehouse?

    Never tried this brand of dressing.

    To cut back on my cholesterol, I use kitchen scissors & cut out the fat on my bacon strips & just use the meatier, darker strips.
    I’m the crazy guy who goes thru most of the bacon packages to find the one with the least fat content.
    The uncooked fat/meat goes into my compost piles (the majority of it is grass & leaves & small twigs).
    And it breaks down quickly.
    I rarely throw any uncooked food away in my garbage.
    You can check out my brother’s indoor & outdoor gardening site at http://www.tomorrowsgarden.net
    Love the vegetable noodler!

    -Mark

  5. Mariola says

    I saw the sale on the Litehouse dressings and was planning on picking some up. And the Artisan bread is a staple at our house too – hardly ever buy good bread anymore because my husband prefers the Artisan bread I make – love how easy that recipe is!

  6. Kimberly M says

    We love Litehouse dressing. I love the Ranch and the Chunky Blue Cheese is awesome. There isn’t one of the dressings I have tried that I didn’t like. Very tasty! Their dips are also very good. I definitely want to try the above recipe. Sounds so yummy!

  7. Chickie says

    Would love to try this dressing… And this is so awesome that this company is 100% employee owned!

  8. Natalie Gray says

    Wow this is an amazing recipe and will try this for sure, with 4 men in my home I can not go wrong with bacon anything.

  9. Calibabydolly says

    I am so getting some dressing to try your recipes now! I’m not even hungry and it looks so darn good. I picked up some bottles for a friend when the sale started, but didn’t realize it was all week pricing. I thought it was a 2 day sale, duh me. Count me in please!