This Buffalo Ranch Chicken and Rice might be your new favorite dinner recipe! Only needs one pot and 30 minutes and always a family favorite! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.
You GUYS! Look at this cheesy chicken and rice! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because we really loved it! I originally made and wrote this as a slow cooker recipe, but people were having mixed results with their slow cookers at home. I converted it to a skillet recipe, but it’s still super easy!
If you came here looking for a crockpot recipe, I’m sorry to disappoint except I don’t think you’ll be disappointed AT ALL once you make this stovetop meal. I pride myself on giving you foolproof dinner recipes that are always a hit at your house, so when multiple commenters told me that their rice was either under or over cooked when they tried the crockpot recipe, I knew we had a problem.
I think cooking rice in a slow cooker is just too dependent on individual appliances’ cooking temperatures, and giving you a cook time between 4 and 8 hours depending on your crock pot just isn’t helpful. The stovetop instructions are still very simple, and it’s ready in a half hour!
Truth be told, I’m a bigger fan of one-pan, stovetop dinners anyway because they come together quickly, but you have more control of the timing. When you cook everything the perfect amount of time, you’ll get a perfect result. I want you to love my easy dinner recipes every time!
Surprisingly, my 10-year-old was excited to taste this buffalo chicken rice and said it was the best thing ever. (•◡•) Had I known he would want to try it, I would have cut back a bit on the wing sauce. He still ate a few bites despite the spiciness.
It’s very easy to adjust the heat just by using more or less hot sauce. You can also use as much or little cheese as you’d like in the recipe. I may have added a little extra to make the photos look extra delicious… (¬‿¬)
I think I’m going to make my own recipe for powdered ranch dressing mix, but for now I used the packaged kind. I bought a big jar of it, which seems expensive at first, but it lasts a long time! A regular sized packet of dressing mix works too. The buffalo and ranch flavors in this cheesy chicken and rice are really so, so good. I just know you’ll love it. Be sure to leave me a comment to let me know how it turned out 🙂
Watch this how-to recipe video!
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