One Pan Cheesy BBQ Ranch Chicken Skillet

An easy and delicious single-pan dish you can make easily with kitchen staples. Tasty BBQ Ranch chicken combine with rice, corn and bean for a dish that can last for weeks. Recipe submitted by student Daniel Bookhoop - recipe originally featured on


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice (not instant rice)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced


1. Preheat oven to 350F

2.Heat oil in a large (12 inch) and deep skillet over medium high heat.

3. Season chicken on each side with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Place chicken skin side down in the skillet and cook each side for 5 minutes. Brush each side with bbq sauce while the other side cooks. Place chicken on a plate and set aside.

5. Add corn and beans to the empty skillet (leaving the leftover oil in the skillet is fine) and allow to grill for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and ranch and stir to combine.

6. Pour in the rice and stir to allow the rice to be coated in the ranch/oil mixture. Add the broth, water, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. 

7. Place chicken back into the skillet as shown above. They will be about half way covered in the liquid. No need to stir, just set them right on top.

8. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the cheese and tomatoes. Return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes or until cheese is fully melted and chicken is cooked through.

10. Enjoy!