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With school starting in just a few short weeks and things starting to get busier, an easy dinner idea is always welcome. A recipe that can be tossed together and cooked in less than 30 minutes? I’m in. This Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is just that and so much more!

chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe

This family-friendly dinner dish is cheesy, creamy and delicious. Ranch chicken, homemade alfredo sauce, crispy bacon, cheese and pasta make this a family favorite in my house. If you’d like to throw together a dessert to go with this meal, try these No Bake Desserts, Butterfinger Fudge Cookie Bars, or Drumstick Brownie Dessert.

Can I use pre-cooked chicken in this recipe?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I always use pre-cooked chicken with this dish and I’ve included it in the recipe. It’s just so darn easy and the Purdue Chicken Breast Short Cuts are PERFECT and EASY for saving time. The pre-cooked chicken is good quality chicken pieces (no cutting off the fat here!) and warms up easily after shaking it with the ranch seasoning and olive oil.

Tips for Making This Easy Dinner Recipe Perfect

  • Stock up on the Purdue Chicken Breast Short Cuts when they are BOGO. Our local grocery store puts these fully cooked chicken pieces on sale for buy one get one free about once a month. Keep an eye out for the sale and stock up!
  • This recipe can EASILY be doubled!
  • 8 ounces of pasta is normally half of a regular box of pasta.
  • While I do fry up bacon most of the time (which makes a mess!), you can easily swap out the frying mess for the pre-packaged real bacon pieces you find in the salad aisle of your grocer.
  • If you need to add more veggies to your meal, feel free to add a cup of cooked broccoli to the dish before putting the casserole in the oven.

Ingredients Needed

chicken bacon ranch casserole ingredients

How to Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick spray.

Cut your bacon slices into pieces.

Bacon in Skillet

Cook your bacon until brown and crispy. (This is the easiest way to cook bacon in the oven!) Reserve 1 tablespoon fat and drain the remaining excess fat. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

Cook your pasta according to the package directions in a large pot of boiled salted water. Drain well.

While the pasta is cooking, make your homemade alfredo sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic (fresh or jarred) and cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

adding cream to butter mixture in pot

Gradually whisk in heavy cream. Cook for about 1-2 minutes while continuing to whisk constantly. Stir in Parmesan cheese and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Chop chicken into bite sized pieces.

chopped chicken pieces on cutting board

In a large Ziploc Bag (gallon size), add chopped chicken, 1 tbsp olive oil and ranch dressing seasoning. Shake chicken to coat thoroughly.

chicken pieces in ziploc bag

Add chicken to the 1 tbsp bacon fat and cook for about 2-3 minutes just to warm the chicken up.

cooked chicken pieces in skillet

Add pasta to the baking dish and top with chicken and alfredo sauce. Top with cheeses and bacon.

chicken bacon ranch casserole in dishes

Cook in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes and the casserole is bubbly and heated through. Serve immediately.

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chicken casserole dish

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Hollie Schultz
This EASY, family-favorite dish is cheesy, creamy and delicious and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 758 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices bacon cut into pieces
  • 9 oz Purdue Pre-Cooked Chicken Breast Short Cuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz rotini pasta
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic (or 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Cook your bacon until brown and crispy. (This is the easiest way to cook baconin the oven!) Reserve 1 tablespoon fat and drain the remaining excess fat. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  • Cook your pasta according to the package directions in a large pot of boiled salted water. Drain well.
  • While the pasta is cooking, make your homemade alfredo sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic (fresh or jarred) and cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Gradually whisk in heavy cream. Cook for about 1-2 minutes while continuing to whisk constantly. Stir in Parmesan cheese and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Chop chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • In a large Ziploc Bag (gallon size), add chopped chicken, 1tbsp olive oil and ranch dressing seasoning. Shake chicken to coat thoroughly.
  • Add chicken to the 1 tbsp bacon fat and cook for about 2-3minutes just to warm the chicken up.
  • Add pasta to the baking dish and top with chicken and alfredo sauce. Top with cheeses and bacon.
  • Cook in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes and the casserole is bubbly and heated through. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 758kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 34gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 747mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1449IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 377mgIron: 1mg
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