Bacon Broccoli Ranch
Last night I had some boneless skinless chicken breasts in the refrigerator that I needed to use so I was perusing Pinterest looking for a new recipe to try. I saw several recipes for One Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch dishes and I knew that’s what I wanted to fix. But I soon realized that my bacon was bad and needed to be thrown away.
So, I’m standing there staring in my fridge and freezer looking for some inspiration when I spotted a bag of frozen broccoli and cheese. The light bulb came on! Why not substitute broccoli for bacon? I know, you are probably saying broccoli is NOT a substitute for bacon. While I agree that bacon tastes better, broccoli is a healthier option! Of course if you are not a fan of broccoli you can fry some bacon, crumble it and add it to the dish in place of the broccoli.
Chicken Broccoli Ranch
Here’s what you need:
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bag frozen broccoli or broccoli & cheese
2 cups pasta of your choice
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Cut chicken into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces.
2. In a dutch oven or large pot such as this one, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. You can use whatever type of oil you have on hand. Typically I use olive oil or coconut oil but I was out of each of those so I used vegetable oil instead.
3. To the oil, add your chicken, diced onion and minced garlic. Saute until the onions begin to become transparent and the chicken has begun to develop some color on the outside. You don’t have to worry about cooking it all the way thru. The chicken will finish cooking when you add the liquid and pasta.
4. Add 1 bag of frozen broccoli to the chicken. You can use any type of frozen broccoli, whether it’s the spears, pieces or even broccoli & cheese. I used broccoli and cheese because that’s what I happened to have in my freezer.
5. Add the pasta. You could use any type of small pasta such as bowties, spirals, or penne pasta.
6. Add the broth, milk, and ranch dressing. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Stir frequently to make sure the pasta is covered by the liquid mixture.
7. Turn the heat down, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Remove from heat. Add shredded cheese, stir. Cover again and allow to sit another 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
Serve with a side salad and a slice of garlic bread and you have a quick, easy one pot meal that your family will love. I know mine sure did!