Easy 15-Minute Ranch Chicken and Vegetable Skillet
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Wondering what to make with the odds-and-ends vegetables in your produce drawer and a couple chicken breasts?
This ought to do the trick.
It’s so easy, ready in 15 minutes, cooks in one skillet for less dishes, it’s packed with savory ranch flavor, it’s healthy, and you can use the produce you have on hand. Score.
As a food blogger one day I use 2 tablespoons of parsley, the next day I need 1/4 cup diced zucchini, and the next I use only a few basil leaves and a couple broccoli florets. My produce drawer is always stuffed.
After the blog recipe and glossy images are over, I’m left with an assortment of (very random) produce to use. I try to use it while it’s optimally fresh and ‘perfect’ looking, but sometimes it gets a little tired, wilted, or soft. Hello roasting, sautéing, stir-frying, or making soup.
That’s where the Taste Not Waste campaign from Hidden Valley Ranch comes in. It encourages you to embrace your imperfect produce and use it rather than throwing it away. Almost expired, bruised, misshapen – you can still use it.
By sautéing chicken and vegetables with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix, I had a flavorful meal on the table in just minutes that my family gobbled up. My daughter proclaimed, ‘Mom, how did you make it taste so good!’ The ranch seasoning is one-stop shopping because you don’t need to add any other seasonings, spices, salt, or pepper.
I used fresh organic spinach, zucchini, and broccoli, but use what you have on hand. Carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, or mushrooms would all be great.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- about 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
- about 2 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces (I use florets and stalks)
- 1 cup zucchini, diced in 1/4-inch pieces
- one .74-ounce packet Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- about 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, cut into bite-sized pieces if necessary (2 big handfuls)
- To a large skillet, add the olive oil, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 70 % cooked through.
- Sprinkle half the packet of ranch seasoning mix over the chicken.
- Add the broccoli, zucchini, and evenly sprinkle with the remainder of the ranch seasoning mix.
- Evenly drizzle the lemon juice. Stir to coat evenly.
- Cover skillet and allow vegetables to steam for about 3 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
- Add the spinach and cook uncovered until wilted, about 1 minute. Stir intermittently.
- Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days. Serve cold or reheat gently prior to serving if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 362mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 49g
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