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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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This easy chicken bacon ranch casserole is a delicious, homemade meal your whole family will love!
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  1. CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS
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Chicken bacon ranch casserole proves that pasta is better when it has loads of cheese, crispy bacon, and zesty Ranch seasoning to top it off. Best of all this it’s a quick and easy dinner meal for those busy nights at home. This creamy pasta casserole makes the ultimate comfort food that everyone will enjoy.

We have quite a collection of casserole dishes. If you’re looking for some other themed casseroles to try out, then look no further. Cowboy Casserole, Cheeseburger Casserole, and Mexican Casserole are three of our favorites.

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CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 12 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (divided)
  • 6 cups of penne pasta (about 4 cups dry), cooked and drained
  • 3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix (divided)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (divided)
  • ⅔ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes patted dry (if oil-packed) and chopped
  • 3 cups of Italian style cheese
  • ¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons of dried parsley (this is optional)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pasta: You can use any style of noodle that’s similar to penne pasta. Stay away from long noodles like spaghetti or linguine. Some other great options include rotini, bow tie, shells, rigatoni, or cavatappi.

Protein: It technically wouldn’t be chicken bacon ranch casserole without the chicken and bacon, but if you prefer, you can swap out the protein. For example, you could try using turkey in place of the chicken. You could also use store bought bacon bits instead of fresh bacon if desired.

Cheese: Shaved parmesan and Italian style cheese work best for this recipe. Italian blend cheese has Parmigiano-Reggiano and pecorino romano. Some blends also include mozzarella and provolone, so you get a really nice flavor mix. However, if you prefer you could also use just mozzarella or provolone instead. Or, you can create your own cheese mix.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE RECIPE

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STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, combine chicken with ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 2 tablespoons of Ranch dressing mix.

STEP THREE: In a large skillet, over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add a single layer of chicken. Cook the chicken until it is golden brown on each side (usually about 4 to 5 minutes per side) then, remove with a slotted spoon.

STEP FOUR: Repeat step 3 with the remaining chicken, using 2 more tablespoons of butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

STEP FIVE: Reduce the oven heat to medium. Saute the onions in the pan drippings until soft. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute.

STEP SIX: To the same pan (with the onion and garlic) add 3 tablespoons of butter. When the butter is melted, add flour, Italian seasoning, basil, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon of Ranch dressing mix. Stir.

STEP SEVEN: Using a whisk, gradually add chicken broth (¼ to ½ cup at a time) stirring to combine well with the flour mixture. Add in the heavy cream. Continue to stir, heating until bubbly. Add parmesan and stir until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.

STEP EIGHT: To the sauce, add 8 slices of chopped bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta. Combine.

STEP NINE: Pour pasta mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 4 pieces of chopped bacon. Top with the Italian blend cheese. Then, sprinkle with dried parsley or fresh chopped parsley if desired.

STEP TEN: Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly.

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HOW TO STORE CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE

In the fridge: Storing this casserole in the fridge is so simple! I usually make it in a dish that comes with a lid. Then, when we are finished with dinner, all I have to do is pop the lid on and put it in the fridge. Reheating leftovers is easy, and I actually think this casserole is even better leftover and reheated!

In the freezer: Chicken bacon ranch casserole is totally freezable and makes for a great freezer meal. To do so, follow the instructions up to the point when you would be baking the casserole. At this point, cover your pan with tin foil and in the freezer. When ready to bake, simply let the pan thaw in the fridge overnight and bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.


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This comforting chicken bacon ranch casserole is always a huge hit for family dinner. The melted cheese sauce, mixed with crunchy bacon and Ranch dressing makes for the ultimate pasta casserole. It’s a quick and easy meal that everyone loves!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

5 from 3 votes
This easy chicken bacon ranch casserole is a delicious, homemade meal your whole family will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 12 slices of bacon cooked and chopped (divided)
  • 6 cups of penne pasta about 4 cups dry, cooked and drained
  • 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix divided
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick of butter (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil divided
  • cup onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes patted dry if oil-packed and chopped
  • 3 cups of Italian style cheese
  • ¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons of dried parsley this is optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9×13 inch pan
  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken with ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 2 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Add a single layer of chicken. Cook until golden on each side, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Repeat with the remaining chicken, using 2 more tablespoons butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Saute onion in pan drippings until soft. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • To the same pan (with the onion and garlic), add 3 tablespoons butter. When butter is melted, add flour, Italian seasoning, basil, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing mix. Stir.
  • Using a whisk, gradually add chicken broth (¼ to ½ cup at a time), stirring to combine well with the flour mixture.
  • Add heavy cream. Continue to stir, heating until bubbly.
  • Add parmesan and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
  • To the sauce, add 8 slices of chopped bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta.
  • Combine the pasta with the sauce.
  • Pour pasta mixture into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining 4 pieces of chopped bacon. Top with Italian cheese. Sprinkle with dried or fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Bake uncovered at 350º for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.

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Nutrition

Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. TG says

    5 stars
    This was very delicious! But I have to say it was a lot of work lol My 2 year old loves it, so in the end it was worth it. Took me about 1 hour and half total with prep and baking time. My 5 year old said the bacon was her favorite part lol

  2. Janice says

    My question is about the ranch dressing mix …. are you talking the dry ranch dressing mix or the ranch dressing out of the bottle like for salads ?

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