Tasty Tuesday Part 2: Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Here’s what you need:
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts* (cleaned and trimmed well and cubed)
- 1 can Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 package Ranch Seasoning
- 1 cup Ranch Salad Dressing
- 8 ounces rotini, penne or bowtie pasta
- 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded mozzarella
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- One jar alfredo sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
To make the sauce/cheese mixture, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add jar of alfredo. Gradually whisk in heavy cream and can of cheese soup. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in mozzarella until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add a little milk as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Heat oven to 400°. Place bacon in pan and bake until crisp. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon and place in a skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag or bowl w lid, add chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil and Ranch Seasoning, shaking to coat thoroughly. Add chicken to the skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes on each side; set aside. You can also put the chicken in a crock pot and slow cook overnight. Simply shred and toss w the mixture above. (This is my favorite way, roast overnight and it falls apart).
Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and layer with chicken and alfredo sauce; sprinkle with cheeses and bacon. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be substituted.
Recipe serves 4 full servings or 6 small servings.
This recipe will set you back less than $20 bucks and will feed a small army…or at least squad! Send us pics of your version!