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This creamy, cheesy easy to make pasta casserole is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter night!
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  1. Easy Chicken Casserole with Ranch and Bacon
  2. Why We Love This Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. How to Make the Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
  5. Variations / Options / Add-In's
  6. How to Store Leftovers
  7. More Great Casserole Recipes
  8. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is the ultimate comfort food! This is a creamy, cheesy easy to make pasta casserole that’s bursting with flavor.

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Easy Chicken Casserole with Ranch and Bacon

You can’t go wrong by combining chicken, bacon, and ranch. Whether it’s in a sandwich, wrap, or a casserole like this recipe, it’s always so delicious. My kids are so in for any recipe that calls for these three ingredients.

I love this casserole for more than just it’s delicious flavor. I love it because it is so easy to make.

It’s as simple as prepping the ingredients, tossing everything together, and throwing it in the oven. It also makes for a great freezer meal, so that I have something ready for the busy nights at home.

This comforting chicken 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!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Great make-ahead meal
  • Quick and easy to make (15 minutes prep time)
  • Old fashioned comfort food
  • Bursting with creamy flavor
bacon chicken ranch pasta

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Bacon
  • Penne pasta
  • Skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Flour
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried basil
  • Chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Shaved parmesan cheese
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Italian style cheese

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How to Make the Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

This recipe will come together in about 15 minutes!

  1. In a medium bowl, combine chicken with ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 2 tablespoons of Ranch dressing mix. 
    combine chicken with salt, pepper, and Ranch dressing mix. 
  2. Cook bacon and penne and set aside. 
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil. Chop raw chicken into bite sized pieces. Add chicken to pan and cook for about 3 min. Once finished, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. 
    cook chicken in a skillet
  4. Saute onion until soft and translucent. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute. 
  5. To the same pan, add 4 tablespoons butter. When butter is melted, add flour, Italian seasoning, basil, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing mix. Stir. 
    add butter to the pan with garlic and onion
  6. Gradually whisk chicken broth (½ cup at a time) and add heavy cream and cream of chicken soup. Continue to stir until bubbly. Add parmesan and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
    add chicken broth and cream of chicken soup into the pan
  7. To the sauce, add 8 slices chopped bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta. Combine.
    add bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta to the sauce
  8. Pour pasta mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 4 pieces of chopped bacon.
    pour pasta mixture into the pan and top with bacon
  9. Top with Italian cheese. Sprinkle with dried or fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
    top with cheese
  10. Bake uncovered at 350º for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.
    bacon chicken ranch casserole

Variations / Options / Add-In’s

  • 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.
bacon chicken ranch casserole

How to Store Leftovers

  • 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 the edges are bubbly.

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.

eating chicken bacon ranch casserole with fork

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5 from 2 votes
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Serves — 12
This creamy, cheesy easy to make pasta casserole is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter night!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9×13 in pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken with ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 2 tablespoons of Ranch dressing mix.
  • Cook bacon and penne and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Chop raw chicken into bite sized pieces also trimming off any unwanted pieces of fat. Add chicken to pan and put the lid on. Cook for about 3 min then check the inside of a chicken bite. Once finished, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Saute onion in pan drippings until soft and translucent. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • To the same pan (with the onion and garlic), add 4 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 (½ cup at a time), stirring to combine well with the flour mixture. Add heavy cream. Add cream of chicken soup. Continue to stir, heating until bubbly. Add parmesan and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
  • To the sauce, add 8 slices chopped bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta. Combine.
  • 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 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 745kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1531mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1068IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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