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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.

Makes

10 cups

This chicken bacon ranch casserole is a dinner that both of my wonderful (but picky!) children will eat. I can easily make it ahead and then bake it right before serving. Sometimes I add 2 cups of cooked veggies, like peas or chopped broccoli, for a complete meal. —Rebekah Schultz, Mantua, New Jersey
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded Colby cheese, divided
  • Sliced green onions, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In the same pan, combine milk, ranch salad dressing and salad dressing mix until smooth. Stir in cream cheese. Cook and stir over medium heat until cream cheese is melted; pour over pasta. Stir in chicken, bacon and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, until heated through and cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with green onions.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Tips

What else can you add to chicken bacon ranch casserole?

Try adding some cooked veggies, such as broccoli, peas or bell peppers. Or you can add more flavor by sprinkling parsley or minced garlic in your casserole. You can also substitute the cubed chicken with shredded rotisserie chicken.

Can you make chicken bacon ranch casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this chicken casserole recipe ahead of time! This baked casserole will last for about 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Here's how long other leftovers last.

How should you reheat leftovers of chicken bacon ranch casserole?

You can reheat this casserole either in the microwave or the oven. Just bake it for about 20 minutes at 350° F. (Psst! If you like this recipe, we think you'll love this King Ranch chicken casserole.)

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 495 calories, 26g fat (12g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 710mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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