One Skillet Broccoli and Rice Ranch Chicken Recipe – An easy weeknight skillet dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes with ranch-mix seasoned chicken, broccoli and rice.
Hey Hey, pretty faces! HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s the day after Christmas for me and I am SO done with baking. Like, SO DONE. We have one more super awesome tradition left – spinning the pastry on the 14th of January – and then I’m really done.
But but but… because of all that work, I’ve been killing it in the one-skillet, 30-minute-arena lately, most notably with variety. And sometimes, lack thereof. I mean, there’s only so many things you can do with darn chicken breasts, you know? Exactly. I knew you’d understand.
But first. Can I tell you about how my kids were totally bummed out all day yesterday because they were expecting presents, but didn’t get any?
Okay. So! My little ones get presents on New Year’s Day. I thought I shared that with you before, but just in case, let me repeat. We think of it as starting the new year with a few new things, and that is just so we don’t confuse the real meaning of Christmas. Therefore, on Christmas we do not exchange gifts.
However, in my girls’ pretty little heads, they thought since all their other friends got Christmas presents on December 25th, that come January 7th, they too would get Christmas presents, in addition to their New Year’s presents.
Once they realized there weren’t going to be any presents yesterday, they completely LOST.IT. My 3 year old walked up to me, bawling her eyes out, and screamed, “THIS IS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE!!! WHERE ARE MY PRESENTS?!?!? JESUS IS MAD AT YOU!”.
…and all I could do was laugh. I couldn’t help it. “Worst day of my LIFE” was the best part. All of 3 years old.
But about dinner… 😀
I first shared my Ranch-Chicken Fajita Bowls way back when and OMAHGAH. What a wonderful dinner to come home to! I cannot even express how much I love that stuff. And because I love it that much, I try to change it up as often as I can.
This version, however, is a little different because I added a bunch of Ranch Seasoning Mix instead of Ranch dressing, and rice’s best friend ➡ broccoli. Kept the ingredients to a minimum, and made it all in one skillet. The results? NOTHING short of amazing. Like so wonderful, it reminded me of Denny’s. At 2 a.m. When I was 19. It’s because of the Ranch.
All the Ranch.
I LOVE Ranch!
Now that I got that off my chest… This Broccoli and Rice Ranch Chicken Recipe is, in a word, PACKED with that good ol’ ranch taste. As it should be. I also threw in some broccoli, bell peppers, as well as bacon bits, which is totally optional, but why not? It’s just a half-handful. Adds a bit of that smoky flavor to the dish and the extra crunch to the munch!
I wish we could eat this together.
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- 4 (12-ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 package (1 ounce) Ranch Seasoning Mix, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 red bell pepper , cored, seeded and diced (cut them up smaller for faster cooking)
- 3 cups frozen broccoli florets
- 1-1/2 cups instant rice (you can also use instant brown rice)
- 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons bacon bits , optional
- freshly chopped parsley or cilantro
- Place half of the seasoning mix in a bowl and toss the chicken pieces until well coated.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the chicken to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
- Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper; continue to cook for 3 minutes, or until veggies are tender, stirring frequently.
- In the meantime, combine chicken broth and the remaining seasoning mix in a bowl; whisk to combine.
- Add broccoli and rice to the skillet.
- Pour the chicken broth mixture into the skillet; stir and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken broth has been absorbed.
- Stir in the bacon bits.
- Remove from heat.
- Garnish with parsley or cilantro.
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