Healthier Crispy Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce

February 18, 2013 by Ali

Healthier Crispy Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce |

Whew. This 9-word recipe title may win the award for the longest I’ve published so far.

Actually, I really wanted to name it Healthier Wheat-Germ Crusted Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce. But I’m pretty sure that Google and the concise-ness police probably wouldn’t have been too happy with me. :)

Still, whatever it’s called, I loved this healthier crispy baked chicken! I have honestly always made my “crispy” chicken recipes oven-baked and not fried. (I don’t even own a deep-fryer!) But this time I decided to sub in some wheat germ alongside my beloved Panko to give the breading a little extra healthier kick, and it was fantastic!! As soon as the crispy chicken emerged from the oven, I topped it with some of my Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, which melted on top to form the perfect creamy sauce. It all felt wonderfully decadent, but I loved knowing that there were all sorts of healthier twists hidden in there.

What are your favorite tips for healthier chicken recipes?

Healthier Crispy Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce |

Healthier Crispy Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 2/3 cup Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, plus milk for thinning if necessary


Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare a baking dish (with sides) with cooking spray.

Add flour to medium bowl.

In another medium bowl, mix together panko, Kretschmer wheat germ, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and cayenne.

Crack egg in a third medium bowl and whisk until combined.

Dip 1 piece of chicken into flour until completely covered, shaking off any excess. Then dip into egg mixture, and then crumb mixture, making sure to press crumbs onto chicken before placing onto prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the second chicken breast.

Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes; flip chicken pieces over and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink inside.

Immediately after removing from the oven, top each chicken breast with about 1/3 cup of the Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, spreading it so that the entire breast is covered. The dip should thin out as it is warmed. But if you want a thinner sauce, you can also whisk in a tablespoon or two of milk into the dip beforehand to thin.

Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from My Wheat Germ.

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Healthier Crispy Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce |

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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24 thoughts on “Healthier Crispy Baked Chicken with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce

  1. Love this healthier twist on fried chicken, and your yogurt ranch sauce looks great!

    - Jeanette

  2. Really wish I was having this for dinner tonight!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  3. This chicken looks so perfectly crispy! And the sauce sounds yummy too!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  4. This is my kind of chicken! and of course that ranch sauce sounds amazing!

    - a farmer in the dell

  5. I actually really love oven baked crispy chicken. Although I’m not sure mind ever looks as crispy as this does. Yum!

    - Natasha

  6. I kinda want to trade places with this chicken :) sauce-blanket wha-what?! No really, I like this lightened version, it means I can have seconds!

    - Laurie {Simply Scratch}

  7. This makes me day because it’s a lightened up version! Chicken should always have sauce.

    - Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

  8. Wheat germ is a great addition. You’re so clever!

    - Kathryn

  9. My husband bought a deep fryer about two weeks after I had my daughter and I was trying to get back in to my normal clothes. Needless to say, my wait loss stagnated. But, as for me, I completely prefer a baked crispy chicken. This one looks amazing!

    - Jackie @ Domestic Fits

  10. I love crispy baked chicken, perfect weeknight dinner!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  11. How smart to add the wheat germ to this chicken recipe!

    - Robyn | Add a Pinch

  12. Yep! Totally making this for dinner tonight! Thanks, Ali!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  13. Oh momma, that looks so good! I have a healthy “fried” chicken recipe and I use light mayo to get the bread crumbs to stay on.

    - Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

  14. Diiiiiiiig it.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  15. That chicken looks positively amazing. I need to find more uses for my jar of wheat germ and this looks like a good start!

    - Karly

  16. I love this crispy chicken. The wheat germ is a genius ingredient too. Love it all!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  17. I’ve been trying to eat healthier recently and this looks like such a perfect dinner!

    - Jen @ Savory Simple

  18. ummm yes please. I never thought to use wheat germ with panko! I see me trying this in my near future!

    - katie

  19. I love making ranch dressing with greek yogurt. And I love the idea of putting it over baked crispy chicken!

    - Carolyn

  20. This sounds great! Definitely a recipe to try. Pinning!

    - Little Kitchie

  21. This looks incredible Ali!!! And I love that you used Kretschmer Wheat Germ!! I’m on their Health & Wellness Advisory Board and it’s amazing how many (truly) delicious ways there are to use wheat germ! (PS: Do I sound like a wheat germ stalker?? Please advise..) PPS: My 17 month old would devour these.

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl