We all enjoy eating at our favorite restaurants and ordering from our favorite takeout places, but what can be even more fulfilling is making your favorite restaurant or takeout dish at home.
If you love Ruth Chris stuffed chicken, you’ll be happy to learn that this recipe is no longer a secret, and you can now prepare it in your own kitchen in a little over 30 minutes.
The best thing about making your favorite restaurant dishes at home is adding your own twist to the recipe, so we highly encourage you to give it a try the next time you’re craving stuffed chicken.
How to make Ruth Chris stuffed chicken
If stuffed chicken breast is your go-to menu item in Ruths Chris steakhouse, you may have wondered how they achieve that perfectly cooked, juicy chicken texture without drying it out?
In this recipe, we will share not only all of the ingredients you need to replicate this dish, but also tips and tricks to cook your chicken breast to perfection.
- 2 chicken breasts (large)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (sharp, shredded)
- 2 cups cream cheese
- Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp butter
- garlic powder
- onion powder
As you can see, this recipe doesn’t include any fancy ingredients, and you probably already have everything that’s necessary in your fridge.
If you’re defrosting your chicken, make sure to let it defrost completely before making Ruth Chris stuffed chicken, as any frozen parts could result in uneven cooking.
Before we get to the chicken, let’s prepare the stuffing for this chicken breast recipe, which is also the key element of this dish.
You also want to preheat your oven to 450°F while you’re preparing the stuffing mixture.
In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce until you get a nicely blended mixture.
Now you want to add the shredded cheddar cheese, as well as premade ranch seasoning, and stir it all until all the flavors and textures are combined.
The next step would be to prepare your chicken breasts. Before adding the stuffing, you want to remove any chicken tendons in case they haven’t been removed.
Now you want to make space for the stuffing by making a cut in the middle, lengthwise, all the way through.
Needless to say, you can add dried herbs, or any other seasoning you prefer for your chicken dishes.
Rub the seasoning mixture into the meat, making sure it is evenly distributed, but focusing more on the outside portion.
Be careful with your salt, as the stuffing is quite savory and flavorful.
It is now time to add the stuffing (half of the stuffing mixture in each chicken breast) and close the chicken breast by using toothpicks or a thread.
All that is left for you to do is place the chicken onto a baking tray lined with some foil and put it in the preheated oven.
Let your Ruths Chris stuffed chicken bake for about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is at 165°F.
As this is a pretty simple dish, switching up the ingredients won’t really make too much of a difference, as long as you follow the preparation steps.
Let’s take a look at some of the best alternatives to the ingredients of this Ruth Chris Steakhouse stuffed chicken recipe.
1. Turkey breasts
Using turkey breasts in place of chicken won’t alter the taste or the texture of the dish as much, and it is a suitable alternative for this recipe if you prefer turkey over chicken meat.
Turkey breasts are also usually larger, so this might be a better solution if intend on making a bigger batch for more people.
In case you decide to replace chicken with turkey breasts, make sure to adjust other ingredients accordingly and prepare more stuffing.
2. Colby cheese
Colby cheese, also known as Colby Swiss Cheddar, is undoubtedly the best replacement for cheddar cheese in this recipe.
If you’re out of cheddar at the moment, or you simply prefer Colby cheese, you won’t regret implementing it into your stuffed chicken recipe.
The flavor profile, as well as the texture, resemble sharp cheddar cheese which gives the chicken stuffing a nutty, savory flavor.
3. Soy sauce
In case you’re not too fond of Worcestershire sauce, you can always replace it with your favorite soy sauce.
These two sauces are quite similar when it comes to flavor, as they’re both umami, savory, but also slightly acidic and sweet.
Keep in mind that dark sauce is a lot more aromatic and savory than light soy sauce, so you want to adjust the amount accordingly.
If you’re looking for a lighter, milder alternative to cream cheese, you can always use ricotta cheese in your Ruth Chris stuffed chicken recipe.
However, keep in mind that ricotta isn’t as rich and savory as cream cheese, so you may want to add more seasoning or cheddar cheese to reach that flavor depth that this dish is known for.
5. Homemade ranch seasoning
Are you not a fan of a store-bought seasoning mix? We completely understand, as these pre-made blends can often contain artificial ingredients you don’t need in your seasoning.
Luckily, you can easily make your own seasoning concoction that is quite similar (or arguably, identical) to the store-bought stuff.
For your homemade ranch seasoning, you’ll want to combine:
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp dried dill
- 1/4 cup dried parsley.
Note that 2 tablespoons of this homemade ranch seasoning replace 1 packet of ranch seasoning (1 oz).
What to serve with Ruth Chris stuffed chicken
While Ruth Chris stuffed chicken is a complete meal on its own, a chicken dish simply isn’t complete without a side dish that complements it perfectly.
When you think about it, why not enhance the flavors and enjoy a tasty side dish with this juicy stuffed chicken?
You already know that we simply couldn’t neglect the ultimate chicken and mashed potatoes combination.
Since the stuffed chicken is already quite complex as it is, we wouldn’t recommend serving it with anything that is too savory and overpowering.
This is precisely why we’d serve Ruth Chris stuffed chicken with a side of mashed potatoes, as this side dish is mild, neutral, and won’t steal the spotlight.
Baked sweet potato
The sweetness of the sweet potato would be a perfect contrast to the cheesy, savory, deep flavors of this chicken dish.
Baked sweet potato is one of the easiest side dishes you can prepare, and it is extremely filling.
If you’re eating a sweet potato with the skin, make sure to clean it thoroughly, then pat it dry and poke some holes in it to allow the inside of the potato to cook, as well.
The next step would be to rub some olive oil, salt, and black pepper, then wrap the potato in some aluminum foil and bake it in the oven at 400°F for 45-60 minutes.
Another way to prepare your sweet potato is to cut it up into fries, season it with salt, pepper, and a dash of olive oil, and pop it in the air fryer.
As we’ve mentioned, you want to avoid combining a complex dish such as Ruth Chris stuffed chicken with a dish with a similar flavor profile, as you want something light to compliment the dish.
Steamed broccoli is one of the tastiest, yet most convenient options, and it is also a healthy alternative to many side dishes.
When steaming your broccoli, make sure not to overcook it, especially if you’re steaming young broccoli. Young, fresh broccoli florets will only take about 5 minutes to cook properly.
How to reheat Ruth Chris stuffed chicken
Stuffed chicken is definitely one of those meals that are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. However, we often overestimate our capabilities and end up making a batch far too big to be finished in one sitting.
If you’ve saved some stuffed chicken for later and you’d like to warm it up, here are some of the best methods to reheat Ruth Chris stuffed chicken.
How to reheat Ruth Chris stuffed chicken in the oven
Since the meal was baked in the oven, it is only natural to reheat it in the oven, right? Before doing so, it is necessary to take the chicken out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes.
Line up a baking tray with some parchment paper, then place the chicken onto the tray and cover it with a piece of foil to preserve moisture.
Bake the chicken for about 15 minutes at 325°F, or until it has reached the desired temperature.
How to reheat Ruth Chris stuffed chicken on the stovetop
Remember to take the chicken out of the fridge a few minutes before, and allow it to reach room temperature.
Grab a non-stick pan and put it over low-medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it heat up, but make sure it doesn’t burn.
Place the chicken in the pan and make sure to let it cook on all sides so it gets warmed up evenly. You want to avoid using high heat as the chicken will easily burn, and the filling might leak out.
How to reheat Ruth Chris stuffed chicken in the microwave
The secret to perfectly microwaved chicken is to reheat it in 1-minute intervals at 165°F. Microwaving it in longer intervals on high heat will certainly make your chicken dry, so you want to do it a little bit at a time.
It is also recommended to place a damp paper towel on top of the chicken to lock in the moisture by creating steam in the microwave.
How to store Ruth Chris stuffed chicken
When it comes to storing meat dishes, you want to be extra careful – especially with stuffed chicken that contains cheese, as well.
Before storing the chicken in the fridge or the freezer, allow it to cool completely at room temperature.
Store in the fridge
Place stuffed chicken breasts into an airtight container and make sure it is properly sealed. Store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Store in the freezer
After allowing the dish to cool down completely, grab a plastic wrap and wrap the chicken breasts tightly.
This step will ensure that the chicken doesn’t absorb any scents and aromas from the freezer.
Place the wrapped chicken in a freezer bag and make sure to seal it properly. Your Ruth Chris stuffed chicken will be good for 2 months if properly stored.
Ruth Chris Stuffed Chicken Recipe
- 1 Knife
- 1 fork
- 1 baking tray
- 1 food thermometer optional
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 Oven
- 2 chicken breasts large
- 1 cup cheddar cheese sharp, shredded
- 2 cups cream cheese
- Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
- 2 tsp Worchesteshire sauce
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp butter
- TT salt
- TT garlic powder
- TT onion powder
- TT paprika
- Before we get to the chicken, let's prepare the stuffing for this chicken breast recipe, which is also the key element of this dish.You also want to preheat your oven to 450°F while you're preparing the stuffing mixture.In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce until you get a nicely blended mixture.Now you want to add the shredded cheddar cheese, as well as premade ranch seasoning, and stir it all until all the flavors and textures are combined.
- The next step would be to prepare your chicken breasts. Before adding the stuffing, you want to remove any chicken tendons in case they haven't been removed.Now you want to make space for the stuffing by making a cut in the middle, lengthwise, all the way through.
- Make a chicken seasoning mixture by combining salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a dash of paprika.Needless to say, you can add dried herbs, or any other seasoning you prefer for your chicken dishes.Rub the seasoning mixture into the meat, making sure it is evenly distributed, but focusing more on the outside portion.Be careful with your salt, as the stuffing is quite savory and flavorful.
- It is now time to add the stuffing (half of the stuffing mixture in each chicken breast) and close the chicken breast by using toothpicks or a thread.All that is left for you to do is place the chicken onto a baking tray lined with some foil and put it in the preheated oven.The secret to juicy, tender chicken is adding a little bit of butter on top of the chicken breasts for some extra moisture and flavor.Let your Ruths Chris stuffed chicken bake for about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is at 165°F.