Crispy Chicken over Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

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Diane Hopson Smith

By
@DeeDee2011

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 pinterest.com/...h%%20Chicken%%20Pasta

Hope you enjoy!

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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  • 8 slice
    bacon, crispy fried and crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter
  • 2 large
    chicken breast halves, skinless and boneless (cut in half to have 4 pieces)
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1 large
    egg
  • 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
  • 1
    (16-oz) package penne pasta, cooked to directions
  • ·
    sliced green onions for garnish if desired

How to Make Crispy Chicken over Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

Step-by-Step

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Coat both sides of chicken with flour, coat both sides in the milk/egg mixture and then coat in panko.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Plate pasta, slice chicken to go on top; drizzle with remaining sauce and top with remaining bacon and sliced green onions if desired.
  9. Enjoy!

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About Crispy Chicken over Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

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




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