The Ultimate Comfort Food – Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
When I think of comfort food I admit my first thoughts are for something that will fill my belly and it’s warm right out of the oven with pasta and melted cheese. To take it to the next level it has to have my favourite, versatile protein chicken and topped off with a bit of crispy bacon. That’s how this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole became one of my ultimate comfort foods.
A belly full of comfort food
This Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole warms me up from head to toe and leaves me feeling full and satisfied. A bowl full of this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is a meal all by itself and oh what a meal. It does not last long in my house, after all, who can resist all the goodness that is this one delicious meal?! My daughter loves to take some in a thermos for her school lunch as it sustains her for the whole day. Plus chicken and bacon with pasta are three of her favourite foods ever.
Leftovers (if there are any)
Another of many reasons this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is one of my favourite comfort foods is that the leftovers are just as good. Well, that’s if there are any leftovers, if there are they don’t last long in our house. It’s nice to heat up the leftovers quickly in the microwave because you can have this deliciousness all warmed up in two minutes or less in the microwave!
Who’s ready for this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe?
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 packet Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
- 8 ounces cellentani pasta
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup shredded Colby jack cheese
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×9 baking dish and set aside
- To make the cheese sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in heavy cream, then continue to cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in mozzarella until just slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain excess fat from the pan, reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the skillet, cooking until no longer pink, around 6 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a gallon Ziploc bag and add the olive oil and ranch seasoning. Close the bag and shake vigorously until the chicken is coated. Set aside.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions and drain well.
- Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and layer with chicken and cheese sauce; sprinkle with cheeses and bacon. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.
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- Canadian chicken is grain-fed, free of hormones and steroids.
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