Crispy Chicken over Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

Diane Hopson Smith


This was our lunch today and everyone was happy!

Battered chicken fried in bacon grease served over a bed of creamy Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta.

What's NOT to like?

This is a remake of a recipe found on Pinterest

Hope you enjoy!

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15 Min


20 Min


Stove Top


8 slice
bacon, crispy fried and crumbled
3 Tbsp
2 large
chicken breast halves, skinless and boneless (cut in half to have 4 pieces)
1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
1 large
1 c
panko bread crumbs
1/4 c
parmesan cheese, grated
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
(1-oz) packet ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix
2 c
milk, 2% ( you can use whole milk if you prefer)
1 c
cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
(16-oz) package penne pasta, cooked to directions
sliced green onions for garnish if desired

Directions Step-By-Step

Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy; drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease for frying chicken. NOTE: save the rest for another recipe! I never discard good bacon grease.
I use extra-large skinless chicken breast (from SAM's) that I slice in half. Pound the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap to about 1-inch thickness; coat chicken for frying.
Using three cake pans or bowls; add flour to one; season with salt and pepper. Add egg and milk to 2nd pan and then panko and parmesan to third pan; seasoned with salt.
Coat both sides of chicken with flour, coat both sides in the milk/egg mixture and then coat in panko.
Add butter to the reserved bacon drippings, and then add chicken to the same skillet. Cook until golden browned and done; remove from pan and set aside. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting/slicing it. This will help keep the chicken moist and from becoming too dry.
Add 3 tablespoons flour and ranch dressing mix into pan. Add additional butter if needed. Stir in the milk, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cheddar cheese; cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water; drain and return to pot. Stir in all but a little of the sauce and 1/2 of the bacon.
Plate pasta, slice chicken to go on top; drizzle with remaining sauce and top with remaining bacon and sliced green onions if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy