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Who doesn’t love ranch dressing?!? There is just something about the combination of spices in that dressing that is delicious. So if you love these flavors you really should try cooking with the ranch dressing mix packets. You get the spices without the creamy dressing, so you can get the wonderful flavor and still keep the fat and calories down on your dishes. I used this tasty ingredient the other night when I made Ranch Chicken with Beans and Rice. My family devoured this dish!

While the ranch mix packet provided its wonderful seasoning, it wasn’t overpowering. It added just the right amount of flavor while still letting the fresh ingredients shine through.

I did get the inspiration for this dish from a Hidden Valley Ranch TV commercial, but they did not share exact ingredients and measurements. I took their basic suggestion and expanded upon it and was very happy with how this turned out. I would definitely make this dish again! It was both easy to make and delicious!

Ranch Chicken with Beans and Rice

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

½ white onion, diced

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (Rinsing your beans is a good way to remove some of the sodium, if you’re watching your salt intake)

1 cup quick cooking brown rice

1 ½ cup low sodium, fat free chicken broth

½ cup cilantro, diced

1 packet ranch dressing mix

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray. Mix all ingredients together and then spread in casserole dish. Cover dish with foil. Bake for 45 minutes stirring once or twice to make sure the rice is getting moistened.

Optional: Top with shredded cheese. I used a little fat free shredded cheddar.