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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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When it comes to dishes that are rich in flavor, simple to make and a meal that the whole family will enjoy, this is the one to choose.

A chicken Ranch casserole with pasta that is not only filling, it is one of the best comfort foods in the world.

On a busy weeknight, this is one of my favorite go to dishes, I know the kids love this one, hubby can’t get enough and it saves me so much time in the kitchen when I really do not have the time.

This Chicken Ranch Bake is the perfect dish to bring for potluck dinners, family dinners and even Holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions:

            Can I substitute Turkey in place of the chicken?

That is a great idea and one that would taste phenomenal. I use Chicken because it just tastes so good with Ranch and pasta.

            How do I store this dish?

Once the dish is cooled off, place it in an airtight container. It is able to stay in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

            Can I freeze this dish?

As long as it is in an airtight and freezer safe container, this Chicken Ranch Pasta can remain in the freezer for up to 3 months.

            Can I use a different shape of pasta?

You could use any type of pasta, I prefer the penne pasta.

What do you need to make Chicken Ranch Bake

            1 pound boneless chicken breast cut into 1 inch bites

            10 ounces penne pasta

            1 tbsp Ranch Seasoning powder

Sauce:

            2 tbsp butter, salted

            2 tsp garlic, freshly minced

            ½ tbsp flour

            ¼ tsp black pepper

            2 tbsp Ranch dressing mix

            ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated

            1 pint heavy whipping cream

Additional toppings:

            4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

            1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, freshly shredded

            Parsley, freshly chopped

How to make Chicken Ranch Bake

FIRST STEP:

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse

Spray a large skillet with non stick spray

Season the Chicken bites with Ranch seasoning

SECOND STEP:

Cook the chicken until is is completely cooked, no longer pink

Remove the chicken and set to the side

Wipe the skillet with a towel

Add butter to the skillet, add in the garlic and stir for 1 minute

Whisk in the flour with the Ranch seasoning

While continuously stirring, cook for 30 seconds

THIRD STEP:

Add in the heavy cream, stirring continuously for 1 minute, until the sauce begins to boil

Remove from the heat and add in the parmesan cheese, stirring until completely melted

Preheat the oven to 375*

Spoon in the chicken and the cooked pasta and stir together

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Scoop into a baking dish and top with the Mozzarella cheese and the crumbled bacon

Place in the preheated oven

FOURTH STEP:

Bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbling

Allow to set, and cool for 10 minutes before serving

Enjoy!

YUM!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  •             1 pound boneless chicken breast cut into 1 inch bites
  •             10 ounces penne pasta
  •             1 tbsp Ranch Seasoning powder
  • Sauce:
  •             2 tbsp butter, salted
  •             2 tsp garlic, freshly minced
  •             ½ tbsp flour
  •             ¼ tsp black pepper
  •             2 tbsp Ranch dressing mix
  •             ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  •             1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • Additional toppings:
  •             4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  •             1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, freshly shredded
  •             Parsley, freshly chopped

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse

Spray a large skillet with non stick spray

Season the Chicken bites with Ranch seasoning

SECOND STEP:

Cook the chicken until is is completely cooked, no longer pink

Remove the chicken and set to the side

Wipe the skillet with a towel

Add butter to the skillet, add in the garlic and stir for 1 minute

Whisk in the flour with the Ranch seasoning

While continuously stirring, cook for 30 seconds

THIRD STEP:

Add in the heavy cream, stirring continuously for 1 minute, until the sauce begins to boil

Remove from the heat and add in the parmesan cheese, stirring until completely melted

Preheat the oven to 375*

Spoon in the chicken and the cooked pasta and stir together

Scoop into a baking dish and top with the Mozzarella cheese and the crumbled bacon

Place in the preheated oven

FOURTH STEP:

Bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbling

Allow to set, and cool for 10 minutes before serving

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 124Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 6gCholesterol 84mgSodium 242mgCarbohydrates 126gSugar 8gProtein 12g

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