Easy cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe everyone will love! This quick and easy chicken casserole is a great family dinner.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
This is a great busy weeknight dinner. I use a rotisserie chicken from Costco to save cooking time. We also use a bottle of alfredo sauce on nights that I don't want to take time to make scratch-made alfredo sauce.
Another way we save time is by cooking extra bacon when we cook bacon for breakfast. When I know I am going to bake or cook with bacon later in the week I will cook up extra bacon and store it in the kitchen.
I am all in for anything that helps make it easier to get dinner on the table. Life is always so busy that I am always trying to save time during the week.
On the weekends I will deep dive into more in-depth recipes but weekday dinners need to be quick and easy plus delicious.
This creamy cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole is
- Olive Oil
- Ranch Dressing Mix - Dry
- Shell Pasta
- Cheddar Cheese
- Alfredo Sauce
Pasta - We used shell pasta but you could easily use rotini pasta, penne pasta, or macaroni noodles.
Cheese - add in a cup mozzarella cheese for even more flavor.
Seasoning - We find that this chicken bacon ranch casserole is packed with flavor but you can always add in a bit of onion powder and garlic powder for more flavor.
Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste
Frying pan/ large skillet - to cook the bacon (paper towel to drain the bacon grease)
9x13 casserole baking dish - This recipe makes a large amount so you want to make sure you don't use a smaller casserole dish. It may not all fit in a smaller dish.
Heat resistant potholders - A couple of years ago we had a fire scare when we didn't realize we had turned a burner on and a cloth potholder caught fire. Thankfully we walked by the kitchen and saw the smoke and were able to get it out ourselves. Since then we have only used these heat-resistant potholders.
How to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Step 1 - Cook bacon until crispy, remove and place on a paper towel. Cut rotisserie chicken into bite size pieces.
Step 2 - Cook pasta until al dente, drain and add to the casserole dish.
Step 3 - Place diced chicken into a gallon-size ziploc, add in olive olive oil and ranch seasoning. Toss chicken in mixture until well coated.
Step 4 - Add chicken on top of the pasta, cover in alfredo sauce. Stir together.
Step 5 - Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bacon. Bake
To save time and energy I use a Costco/Grocery Store rotisserie chicken for this recipe. You can easily cook chicken breast on the stovetop or crock pot if you don't have a rotisserie chicken.
I use either bottled alfredo sauce or my favorite Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. It just depends on how much time I feel like spending on the recipe.
We use medium shell pasta but you can easily use rotini or another pasta that you have in the house.
Thin bacon - use 12 slices
Regular bacon - use 8-10 slices
Thick-cut bacon - 7 slices
To season the chicken toss it in a gallon-size Ziploc bag with the olive oil and dry ranch seasoning mix and toss it together. You can also do this in a bowl, but I find that by doing it in a gallon bag I can toss the chicken easier.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutrition information including carbohydrate, sodium, protein, fiber, cholesterol, calories, vitamin c, and more below in the recipe card.
Great Casserole Recipes
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Cook bacon until crispy, place on a paper towel lined plate to the side
- Cook pasta until al dente, drain and add to the casserole dish.
- Chop rotisserie chicken into bite size pieces, add to a gallon size Ziploc bag. Add in olive oil and ranch dressing mix. Toss to coat the chicken. Add chicken to the casserole dish.
- Pour alfredo sauce over the chicken, stir to mix together with the pasta.
- Top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and bacon pieces
- Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and enjoy