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chicken bacon ranch casserole

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Victoria Ross
North Beach, MD

Trying to figure out what to make for dinner one night and just threw this together with items I had on hand. Didn't expect the reaction I got from the kids! They loved it so much it's become a favorite!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is an amazing casserole! This is hearty, creamy and bursting with flavor from chunks of bacon throughout the dish. The bacon, ranch and cheese combo is perfect. The pasta is cooked al dente so it stays nice and firm in the baking process. The cheesy bacon topping is perfect enough but adding the French fried onions makes this amazing. This will be a hit for a potluck... trust me it will disappear.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 6 -8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chicken bacon ranch casserole

  • 1 box
    penne pasta, 16oz
  • 2 lb
    boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp
    Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix powder
  • 1 lg
    onion, diced
  • 1 c
    mayo, regular or light
  • 1 c
    sour cream, regular or light
  • 3/4 c
  • 3 Tbsp
    Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix powder
  • 1 lb
    bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 2 c
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c
    French fried onions, French's

How To Make chicken bacon ranch casserole

  • 1
    Cook your penne according to package directions to al dente. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2
    While your pasta water is coming to a boil, cook your cubed chicken seasoned with 1 tsp ranch dressing powder over medium heat until no longer pink.
  • 3
    Cook your diced onion in a separate pan until soft and translucent.
  • 4
    While pasta is cooking, mix together in a bowl the mayo, sour cream and 3 tbsp of ranch dressing mix.
  • 5
    Stir in half of crumbled bacon and one cup of the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • 6
    In large mixing bowl, mix pasta, chicken and onions.
  • 7
    Add in mayo mixture. Combine thoroughly.
  • 8
    Pour in milk and mix completely.
  • 9
    Pour mixture into a 13 x9 casserole dish.
  • 10
    Top with other half of bacon and one cup of cheddar.
  • 11
    Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • 12
    Remove from oven and top with the French fried onions.
  • 13
    Return to oven for 10 minutes until hot, bubbly and French fried onions are golden. Enjoy!