Delicious, easy, fast, and pretty darn healthy! This dish raised my one-pan expectations, and it will do the same for you as well
Cauliflower and chicken are good on their own, but when you toss them in ranch powder, bake them, and then sprinkle them with cheese and bacon? It doesn't get much better than that.
My favorite part about this simple dish is the fact that it is a great way to take care of those salty cravings without completely obliterating your summer body goals.
If you notice that I put two packets of ranch mix, don't be alarmed! The first time I made this recipe I only used one and it was not nearly enough. That is why I decided to amp it up with two.
Cook time + prep time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 lb. chicken
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 1/2 cup real bacon bits
- 2 cups sharp cheddar, grated (fresh is best)
- 2 packets ranch powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix all seasonings together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a 9/13" baking dish with cooking spray.
After rinsing and removing the core, cut your cauliflower into 1/4"-1/2" pieces. set aside.
Cut chicken into 1"-1" pieces, and add to a very large mixing bowl. Add half of your seasoning mix to the chicken and mix with a spoon that has been sprayed with cooking spray to keep the seasoning sticking to the chicken and not the spoon.
Once the chicken has been thoroughly coated, add the cauliflower on top and add remaining seasoning mix. Mix contents of the bowl well, trying to keep the chicken pieces from sticking to each other.
Pour into baking dish and place in oven.
Bake for 20 minutes, and then remove, stir, and place back in oven for another 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken has reached 160 degrees and the cauliflower is at the desired tenderness for your taste.
Add grated cheese and bacon to the top of the casserole and place back in oven for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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