Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

This dish was completely inspired by my husband.

One of my hubby’s favorite sandwiches consists of chicken, bacon and ranch.  So I thought to myself how fun it would be to surprise him and put those things into a dinner dish.  I made a Ranch-Alfredo Sauce and the end result was super yummy!  This will definitely be going into our dinner rotation!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
 
Super easy to make and ridiculously delicious!
Recipe type: Entrée
Ingredients
  • 10-12 oz penne pasta
  • 2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
  • ¾ cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream (milk would be fine, too)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • ⅓ cup ranch dressing, I used Lite House
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to its package's directions. Drain. I always add a little olive oil after I drain it and stir in around so the pasta noodles don't stick together or the pot.
  2. Toss in cooked and chopped chicken as well as cooked and crumbled bacon into the pasta.
  3. TO MAKE RANCH ALFREDO SAUCE: Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and stir to combine. Once you have your roux, add heavy cream (or milk) stir constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in Garlic salt, onion powder and ranch dressing until well combined.
  4. Pour ranch alfredo over pasta, chicken and bacon. Stir to evenly combine.
  5. Add in shredded cheddar cheese and stir to combine.
  6. Pour into a casserole pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!


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  1. Debbie

    Going to try this one tonight, it looks delish! But then all of the recipes I have tried from your site are awesome!! Thanks.

  2. Hi Chef in Training. This looks delicious! I have a couple quick questions…how many chicken breasts would equal approximately 2 cups? Also, how do you prepare your chicken before you (freeze?) it for using it in dishes that require cooled chicken? Thank you!!

    • Chef in Training

      I used 3 chicken breasts and got about 2 cups worth. It depends on the size of your chicken breasts. I do sometimes make up my chicken before hand and freeze it if I have recipes on the weekly menu that use them and then thaw them out as needed. Sometimes I just make it the day of and refrigerate it until I need it. Alternatively, if you want an even easier route, you can get a rotisserie chicken and shred it up, too.

  3. Susan

    This looks yummy. will definitely be making this for the family.

    I just have to tell you I’ve made several items from your website and have never been dissappointed. Thank you so much for posting recipes that are enjoyable for the whole family with ingredients I can easily purchase or have in the pantry. Your recipes make it easy to cook at home.

  4. Kathy M.

    I cook for church suppers each Wednesday and think this would be a definite hit! Could you please tell me is the ranch dressing you use the bottled type or are you referring to the powder mix? Thank you and I enjoy your recipes.

  5. Lynn

    This looks so good! Love your blog. Especially liked your hubby’s recent post. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes.

  6. Tammy

    Pinned this, less than am hour ago, to make for my son (I think I might bake it with cheese on top!) And just thought I would stop back by amd tell you that 7 other people have already repinned or liked it!

  7. Sarah

    I tried this for supper this evening, and it was yummy! The only problem was that my chicken was a little tough, but the rest was delicious!

    • Kori

      If you want really nicely moist chicken. Sear in a pan with a little oil, then bake it the rest of the way in the oven. Searing seals in the juices.

    • I am very excited to be making this for the first time tonight. I’ll blog the outcome and will link back here!

      I cooked my chicken last night in my slow cooker using my go-to basic chicken recipe. It is so easy, frugal, and the chicken shreds incredibly easily when it is done. http://sureisgood.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/easiest-chicken-ever/

      Anytime I make a casserole, chicken salad, or anything requiring pre-cooked chicken I use this recipe because it is just foolproof and so flavorful.

    • Mac

      I doubled the recipe and almost had an overflowing 9 x 13 pan. I would say at least 5-6 people but I have all boys so you know ; ).

  8. kayla mutch

    this looks awesome an ill be making it for dinner tomorrow… i have a couple questions what size dish like a 9×13? an about how much does this make

  9. Pamela

    Omg I made this last night! It’s awesome!!! I made a couple of adjustments … I used a pound of turkey bacon and added more ranch dressing! My husband it not a one pot kind of man but he loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Real Cook

    Just looking at the recipe I knew the sauce was going to be very bland – and sure enough, it was! My husband and I tried it before coating the pasta and neither of us liked it – we both made the “yuck!” face. I trashed it and went with my gut – use some of the pan drippings. You get a MUCH more flavorful sauce just by using half butter and half drippings (from cooking the chicken & bacon) in your roux. Any roux that starts out with butter and flour when you have perfectly good pan drippings is a waste of beautiful flavor. I ended up adding some chicken broth, more garlic, sauteed onion, and other flavors as well. The end result was a wonderfully smooth sauce just bursting with flavor. Now I know some people with chime in with “omg that makes it SO unhealthy” and that’s fine – but that’s why you don’t make this dish every single week! Everything in moderation, I say. (I also seasoned the chicken very well before cooking, yet still managed to add NO salt.) I don’t believe in sacrificing flavor for a few grams of fat. Oh and also, DO NOT add olive oil to your pasta! The pasta is SUPPOSED to be sticky (from the starches) – that is what grabs on to the sauce. Never ever ever rinse pasta or coat it in olive oil when you plan on covering it in sauce.

    All in all, the idea of this recipe is creative but the recipe itself is very bland and full of errors.

    • Jen

      I thought this was very rude. I know we have freedom of speech, but I was raised to be respectful, with Christian values, and you are doing nothing but degrade her. If you were trying to help her, you failed…..it was just rude.

      • Sausha

        Oh please. She was simply stating her opinion. I’m sure the writer of this article is used to constructive criticism. Which btw healthy. Assuming, because she doesn’t like the recipe, that she is not ‘Christian’ or have values is absurd. Learn to ingest feedback. It’ll get you far.

  11. I made this tonight for my family and my Mom, Dad and sister. ALL of us LOVED it! My 4 and 5 year olds even loved it! I used half heavy cream and half milk but I think next time I’ll use all milk and maybe half the bacon just so it’s a little healthier. It’s delicious with all of it but we’re just trying to cut stuff where we can. It’s nice that this recipe can be flexible and will still be delicious. I had no doubt that we’d love this since every recipe of yours that we’ve tried has been a hit. Thanks! :)

  12. Elizabeth

    I made this for the first time the other night – AMAZING! I’m so glad I found this website. My husband is a picky eater and literally every recipe I’ve made on here has been so simple and SO good! Kudos to you guys for creating a great list of recipes!

  13. I made this last night finally, I’ve been dying to do it for ages but finally got around to it. I cooked the chicken in the bacon grease and added a bit more ranch and it was PERFECT! Just to die for, my husband approved so it’s going on our dinnertime rotation. I featured it on my blog as well and linked the original recipe back to you:

    http://www.cupcakesandcombatboots.com/2013/03/chicken-bacon-ranch-pasta.html

    Thanks so much for a wonderful dinner, it was heavenly!

  14. Tana

    I am making this tonight, I tasted it already and its delicious. I cant wait for my family to try it! Thanks for the recipe, I found it on pinterest

  15. Kaylee

    Making this right now! We had your chicken cordon bleu pasta dish last week and LOVED it, so I am excited to taste this one when it’s finished! Thanks!

  16. Brooke

    About how many people will this serve? My family loves chicken bacon ranch pizza so I figure this will be a definite hit at our house!!

  17. Mikayla

    I made this for my boyfriend and he could not stop talking about it! He’s obsessed with my cooking now and brings his fellow Marines over to show off his new favorite dish on a near weekly basis.

  18. Tiffany

    This came out insane. My fiancé loved it. And not to mention it was probably the easiest thing to make., especially since you can prep most of it in advance. I used milk instead of the cream, and the sauce came out to be the perfect consistency for us.

  19. Jamia

    This was huge hit at my house!!! It is on the regular rotation, fast and simple! I used Wish Bone Ranch dressing.

  20. Shell

    Made this one tonight as a family cooking night! It was really good. Next time I think I’d mix up some hidden valley ranch first and use it because the bottled stuff I had on hand left an aftertaste. Will definitely make it again, so thanks for sharing!

  21. amanda

    I tried this recipe for my family and they loved it. Just needed more sauce.I’m sixteen years old and I am also a chef in training so this is an awesome site in general:D

  22. Valerie Rivera

    I found this recipe on pinterest a few weeks ago and had to give it a try. My hubby and I LOVED it!! Also a very simple recipe which I love. I will be making this again tonight!

  23. Briana

    Here to leave a review! :) I doubled the recipe (feeding five kids, plus mom and dad)! This dish was terrrrrrrific. It was creamy and flavorful. Even our picky one said “I think I could eat this all…and I’ve never even had it before”. Thanks for the great recipes! I love this site!
    Briana

  24. Janet

    This sounds so good! I will add veggies to it to make it a complete meal but willbe trying this one soon!

  25. Marlo Newman

    Hello!
    I made this dish last night, and having a family of 5 (3 of which are very particular eaters) this was a HUGE hit! I made a double recipe, and the very little that was left (we have 3 boys… and they can eat!) was taken to lunch today.

    I cant wait to try more of your recipes! Keep up the great work!

  26. Veronica

    I made a few changes (as I always do with any recipe): Made with whole wheat pasta, about 1/3rd pound of pork bacon, added 1/3rd pound of frozen peas to the pasta while cooking, sauted a white onion and some minced garlic in the bacon grease instead of the onion powder and garlic salt, and used the couple Tbsps of bacon grease and added 2 Tbsp butter to that for the sauce. We thought it needed more ranch dressing. Baked it in an oven-proof skillet instead of a 9×13 pan. Overall, it was delicious and everyone ate their fill, but it did dirty a lot of dishes!

  27. Just discovered your site and I am hooked!!! Found you through a post on Facebook by six sisters for your easy pizza dough – can’t wait to see what you make with that!

  28. Happy

    This was AMAAAAAZING!! The first time I made it, it was perfection. The second time I made it, I had guests coming over so I left it in the oven for a while on “warm” and it dried it out terribly. Be careful not to dry it out!

  29. Jacquie Dolce

    It’s a ” must try” ! Looks yummy! A combo of spaghetti carbonara and a take off of chicken catchatori without tomato sauce. Can’t go wrong when it’s pasta!!

  30. Bethannie

    Made this for the Fourth of July picnic my family had and it was an instant hit! Now it is a “mandatory” rotation in our dinner schedual!!! T was super easy to make and beyond delicious!

  31. Stephanie

    This looks yummy and I think my kids would love it. I am planning to try it this weekend but was wondering if this could be done in a crockpot?