Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe

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.

Chicken Bacon Ranch CasseroleA 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.

Chicken Bacon Ranch CasseroleLeftovers (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!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 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
For the cheese sauce
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×9 baking dish and set aside
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions and drain well.
  6. 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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6

 Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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  1. Tara Torres says:

    My older daughter would love this.

  2. Tara Torres says:

    I saw this on your insta. Glad to find the recipe here!

  3. Betty Curran says:

    This looks delicious. I’ve already added it to my Pinterest recipe board.

  4. This sounds delicious! I make a bacon and ranch scalloped potato dish that is yummy and I know adding chicken to the mix would be great!

  5. Denise Osborn says:

    Going to save this recipe for sure. Looks yummy 😋

  6. Mary Gardner says:

    Gosh that sounds and looks good. I think I have everything I need except the cheeses. Guess I will be making a store run today! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Melissa Storms says:

    This sounds delicious and I think my whole family would like it.

  8. Barbara Thier says:

    This is definitely one for my favorites. A must try for my new comfort food!

  9. This looks like a nice and tasty recipe that would be good for a Sunday night for watching football.

  10. Katie Bellamy says:

    If bacon is in it, it’s gotta be good!

  11. I’m sending this to my husband. He’s a great cook and I’m loving this recipe.

  12. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious and I could eat this anytime of the day.

  13. Joy Venters says:

    My partner’s daughter cooks for everyone at thanksgiving. I think this year I’ll surprise her with this casserole as a side dish-I know she’ll love it.

  14. megan johnson says:

    With Thanksgiving coming so soon, I might try to use my turkey leftovers in this instead of chicken!

  15. Brandon Sparks says:

    I followed these directions and made this for dinner last night and I have to say this has to be the best thing that I have ever made. My whole family went crazy over it. Thank you so much for this.

  16. Rachel Browning says:

    It looks like it will be really good, I love food that has bacon and ranch its such a great taste. I’m going to try the recipe.

  17. This id is something i can make and eat eat everyday.

  18. Sandra Mathis says:

    I can’t wait to try the chicken bacon ranch recipe! There are so many yummy sounding ones to try.

  19. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks so good. I really doubt there would be any leftovers at my house!

  20. BARBARA SCOTT says:

    THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD I HAVE TO TRY IT, THANK YOU.

  21. Cathy Jarolin says:

    This for sure is a wonderful comfort food! Mac and cheese is always top on my list for comfort food. This recipe goes beyond the simple mac and cheese recipe! It Looks so Yummy! I can’t wait to try it . I am going shopping tomorrow so it will be made here soon! Thank You for sharing this Delicious recipe..

  22. Donna Jacoby says:

    I don’t eat meat anymore, but this recipe looks easy to change to a vegan one with limited fuss. Thank you for sharing!

  23. This casserole would certainly comfort me. Yummy flavors.

  24. Sylvia Reddom says:

    looks and sounds delicious so will try this one soon…and hide some for the next day 😉

  25. Anna Mitchell says:

    I am going to make this, this weekend! So yummy!

  26. Judith Watson says:

    I always have ranch mix in my cupboard, anything with bacon and ranch comforts. Thanks for recipe!

  27. Rachel Browning says:

    This tastes delicious I love bacon ranch flavor on lots of different foods.

  28. Oh my that sounds and looks delicious!

  29. Tammy Catterton says:

    This recipe looks simple my hubby would love this one thanks

  30. That chicken-bacon-ranch casserole looks awesome. Great pics!! When I make it, I am going to slip in some of our less favorite but hyper-nutritious veggies such as cauliflower and brussels sprouts. The gang will never know there are extra vitamins and fiber hiding among those tastes that knock their socks off!

  31. So simple and so good. You can totally get away with making this with Havarti instead, as it happens.

  32. Rebecca Jones says:

    I plan to make this for my family one night it looks amazing!

  33. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    This looks wonderful! Our thanksgiving tradition is to visit family about 4 hrs away. My SIL does the traditional dinner, while I bring desserts and another dinner. I think this would travel well! *pinned

  34. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    This dish sounds amazing, I think I’m making this tonight, my kids will love it.

  35. Judy Schechter says:

    Wow, looks delicious! Everyone knows bacon makes everything better! I’m pinning this so I can try it out!

  36. Cristy Ridey says:

    This looks delicious and easy to make. It has chicken,bacon, and cheese – what’s not to love?

  37. ANNETTE FISHER says:

    OMG, THIS DISH SOUNDS AMAZING AND EASY TO MAKE, THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIEPE MUST MAKE TONIGHT.

  38. Amber Ludwig says:

    Wow!! This looks seriously amazing!! What a perfect comfort food dinner!

  39. Lori Mahan says:

    This sounds delicious. I am going to make it this weekend for my lunch. I have almost all the ingredients in the pantry already, just need some cheese. I can’t wait. Thanks for the recipe that real people can actually afford to make with normal ingredients on hand.

  40. Cheryl Everitt says:

    This dish takes comfort to the max! Thank you sharing.

  41. Katie Bellamy says:

    This looks delicious! I love anything Ranch flavored! 🙂

  42. Sherrie Cruson says:

    Wow that casserole looks delicious and ranch dressing makes just about everything taste great. Pinning this now 🙂

  43. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I like this for breakfast and potluck too.

  44. Debbie Welchert says:

    Chicken, cheese and noodles, yummy. Now this is my kind of recipe and one my whole family would enjoy.

  45. rochelle Haynes says:

    Loving this looks good and tasty

  46. This recipe looks delicious! I really like how it’s “comfort food”. I wish I could make it tonight but I’ll have to wait until next week. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  47. Looks do delicious and definitely will have to make this!

  48. Sounds delicious! My entire family would like this recipe. I might be tempted to add more than 4 strips of bacon though!

  49. John Smith says:

    That looks so tasty and colorful!

  50. marthalynn says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks so good! I love how basic and simple ingredients came together to make an impressive and comforting dish. I will be bringing this to our next family get-together. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This sounds so good. We eat alot of chicken at our house. I enjoy trying different recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless

  52. Debra Holloway says:

    This food looks absolutely delicious. I am saving this to make later for my family.

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