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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken bacon ranch casserole is a cheesy, creamy pasta dish that is loved by everyone. Tender cuts of chicken with a homemade ranch alfredo sauce topped off with melted cheese and a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 528.1 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cup rotini pasta
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup sharp shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

Ranch Alfredo Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 ounce parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoon Hidden Valley ranch seasoning

Breadcrumb Topping (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tablespoon Hidden Valley ranch seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • In a pot start boiing water. After water is boiling add 1 tsp salt then place in pasta. Boil pasta for 8-10 minutes. Test for tenderness. You want it to have a bite to it not super soft.
  • Cut chicken breast into chunks and season with 1/2 tsp of salt. In a frying pan sear each piece of chicken. Don't try to cook the chicken through simply sear it quickly on a high heat then remove.
  • Slice of bacon and fry small pieces of it. Or, fry the whole piece and crumle afterward.
  • In a small pot add 3TB of butter and minced garlic. Once garlic is cooking and fragrant add 2TB of all purpose flour and make a roux. Lower heat to medium low and continue to stir to avoid sticking.
  • Slowly pour in heavy cream while whisking. Then pour in chicken stock while whisking as well. Next, add in parmesan cheese and ranch seasoning. Remove from heat.
  • Mix pasta and chicken togeter and pour sauce on top inside the casserole dish. Evenly coat everything by mixing it all together. Top with shredded cheeses and bacon. If using breadcrumbs, prepare them by the instructions below. Cooking method won't change adding them.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Chicken will cook through in this time. Remove and serve.

Breadcrumb Topping (optional)

  • Melt 1 TB of butter and mix butter, breadcrumbs and ranch seasoning together. Spinkle across top of casserole before placing it into the oven

Notes

Best Cut Of Chicken To Use

Using boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs is the best option. Great are great and for those that want a bit more juiciness the thighs will be perfect!

Can I Use Rice Or Pasta

This recipe is for pasta only. When making a casserole with rice you can cook the rice in the casserole. A great example of how to do this is in my crack chicken casserole where I use rice. Now, you are welcome to make with rice you cooked prior to placing in the oven but don't add raw rice to this recipe and expect good results.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 528.1 Calories from Fat 281
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.2g48%
Saturated Fat 17.3g108%
Trans Fat 0.9g
Cholesterol 144.8mg48%
Sodium 934.7mg41%
Carbohydrates 23.5g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1.3g1%
Protein 35.7g71%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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