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10 Minute Ranch Chicken (Whole30, Low Carb)

$11.77 Recipe/$1.96 Serving

Easy ranch chicken bites are the perfect 10 minute meal idea! This simple recipe pairs well with any sides and only has a few ingredients! Perfect for weeknight meals or meal prep this ranch chicken recipe is gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

Spatula picking up ranch chicken in a cast iron skillet

Why this recipe works:

  • This chicken is ready in about 10 minutes and is super simple to make. Great for busy weeknight meals!
  • Who doesn’t love ranch seasoning! Kids and adults equally love this healthy recipe
  • Made with healthy ingredients, this ranch chicken is dairy free and Whole30 friendly!
  • Great for meal prep or leftovers!

Fork picking up a piece of ranch chicken from a white plate.

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How to make ranch chicken bites in the skillet:

  • Start by adding a ziplock bag to a large bowl (to help the ziplock back stay upright). Open the ziplock bag so you can easily add the chicken.
  • Cut the chicken breast (or tenders) into bite size pieces. I use kitchen shears for this.

Zip lock bag filled with raw chicken

Open zip lock bag with raw chicken and spices over the chicken,

  • Seal the ziplock bag and shake it well to distribute the spices.

Zip lock bag filled with chicken and seasonings laying flat for marinating

  • If you have the time, it’s best to marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes (up to 8 hours)

Raw ranch chicken being cooked in a cast iron skillet

  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and let it cook for 5 minutes without touching it. After 5 minutes use a spatula and move the chicken around to the other side. Cook again 5 more minutes stirring occasionally.

Finished product of the ranch chicken bites after cooking in a cast iron skillet.

FAQ’s:

Substitutions:

  • Chicken: If you don’t have chicken breast you can also use chicken tenders, turkey breast, boneless skinless chicken thighs. Just know that the chicken thighs might take an extra minute or two to cook.
  • Seasonings: You can use 2 tablespoons of your favorite dry ranch seasoning if you don’t have the exact ingredients for this recipe.

Storage:

  • Refrigerator: Once cooked these easy ranch chicken bites are good in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  • Freezer: You can freeze cooked ranch chicken in individual portions for up to 1 month for easy grab and go protein.
    • This ranch chicken recipe can also be made ahead of time and frozen before cooking. Remove as much air from the ziplock bag and label it with a date. Freeze up to 1 month frozen. Defrost in the fridge completely before cooking. I use these reusable silicone bags.

Ranch chicken bites on a rectangular plate with a green napkin

Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

Yes! This recipe can be doubled or tripled but you may want to cook the chicken in batches to make sure the chicken gets nice and browned.

What to serve on the side of ranch chicken?

Fork holding a piece of ranch chicken over a cast iron skillet

Other ways to use these ranch chicken bites:

  • Salad
  • Wraps
  • Pizza topping
  • Stuffed in potatoes with steamed broccoli
  • Cooked in with spinach artichoke dip for a high protein snack
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Overhead shot of a cast iron skillet filled with ranch chicken bites with a silver spatula in the pan with the chicken

10 Minute Ranch Chicken

$11.77 Recipe/$1.96 Serving
Easy ranch chicken bites are the perfect 10 minute meal idea! This simple recipe pairs well with any sides and only has a few ingredients! Perfect for weeknight meals or meal prep this ranch chicken recipe is gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo and Whole30 friendly!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ranch chicken, Ranch chicken bites, Skillet ranch chicken
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Servings: 6 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by adding a gallon sized ziplock bag to a large bowl (to help the ziplock back stay upright). Open the ziplock bag so you can easily add the chicken. 
  • Cut the chicken breast (or tenders) into bite size pieces. I use kitchen shears for this. Add the chicken to the ziplock bag.
  • Once the chicken is cut, add the garlic olive oil, apple cider vinegar and spices. Seal the ziplock bag and shake it well to distribute the spices.
  • If you have the time, it’s best to marinade the chicken for at least 20 minutes (up to 8 hours)
  • After marinating, preheat a cast iron skillet or stainless steel pan over medium heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and let it cook for 5 minutes without touching it. 
  • After 5 minutes use a spatula and move the chicken around to the other side. Cook again 5 more minutes stirring occasionally. 

Notes

Budget tip: To make this meal more budget friendly, use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. This recipe would be $8.77 recipe/$1.46 per serving using this swap. 
  • If you don’t have chicken breast you can also use chicken tenders, turkey breast, boneless skinless chicken thighs. 
Low FODMAP: To make low fodmap, substitute the 2 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tsp. garlic powder with 2 tbsp. garlic olive oil.
Tip: If you don't want to make your own ranch seasoning, you can use 2 tablespoons of your favorite dry ranch seasoning
Storage: Store in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container!
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
173
Fat
 
8
g
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
Fiber
 
1
g
Sugar
 
1
g
Protein
 
24
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Update Notes: This recipe was originally posted in March 2019, but was updated again in April 2019 to include a video. 

Recipe Rating




Mary H

Monday 27th of January 2020

If I use ranch seasoning, what else do I eliminate besides the olive oil? Thank you.

Samantha Rowland

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

You will still want to add olive oil, you can just use regular olive oil. This helps the chicken from sticking. You will also need the ACV. You can eliminate the other spices since they are in the ranch seasoning. Hope this helps!

Mandi

Sunday 26th of January 2020

If you use ranch seasoning do you still use olive oil and apple cider vinegar?

Samantha Rowland

Sunday 26th of January 2020

You will want to use the apple cider vinegar still but won't need the oil!