BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowls

Here we are, on the other end of the summer holiday weekends, WOW, did “summer” go fast. While, technically summer lasts through mid September, many peoples schedules change after Labor Day, the daylight time shortening is noticeable and our daily focus shifts toward Autumn. But even in Autumn, BBQ’s and campfires as well as cooking indoors are more appealing. With all of that in mind, and what is abundant at the market, I have selected this BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowls as an intermediary from summer to fall. Lots of veggies and meat are bountiful at the market.

BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowls
Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

For the chicken and veggies:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (16 oz) bottle Hidden Valley® Honey BBQ Ranch® Dressing
1 zucchini, washed and sliced into 1/4” thick rounds
1 red bell pepper, washed, seeded and sliced
4 ears of grilled corn on the cob (or substitute 1 1/2 cups cooked corn)
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
Fresh cilantro, for garnish, if desired
For the rice:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups chicken broth
1 can black beans, washed and drained

Instructions

For the rice:
Add oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and rice and saute, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes or until rice begins to get golden brown. Add cumin, chicken broth and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff gently with a fork. Set aside.
For the chicken and veggies.
Meanwhile, place chicken in a shallow dish and baste with 1 heaping cup of Hidden Valley Honey BBQ Ranch Dressing. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
To grill the zucchini and bell peppers you can use a grill basket and cook them over medium heat on the grill, or use a grill pan on the stove. You can also cook the ears of corn on the grill (instructions here), or on the grill pan on the stove.
After the veggies are cooked, add the marinated chicken to the grill over medium heat. Cook for several minutes, flipping once, until cooked through. Remove to a plate to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
Spoon cooked rice into bowls. Top with chopped, cooked chicken, grilled zucchini, bell peppers, corn and sliced avocado. Drizzle Honey BBQ Ranch Sauce on top. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

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