Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese Recipe


The combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch is delicious and adding it to macaroni and cheese makes it even better. This dish does require a little work cooking the chicken, bacon, and noodles but it is well worth the effort. If you are not a fan of ranch dressing there is no need to worry because this recipe does not use actual ranch dressing at all. Instead, it uses a ranch dressing style mixture of milk, cream of mushroom soup and fresh dill. The chicken itself has amazing flavor because it is cooked in the apple wood smoked bacon grease. This recipe is loaded with delicious cheeses such as Italian cheese blend and Colby-jack. This chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese is great for the colder months and for dinner any night of the week. Enjoy.

Ingredients:
8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
3 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1/2lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups milk
1/3 cup condensed cream of mushroom soup
¾ cup shredded six-cheese Italian blend
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon fresh dill (chopped)
½ teaspoon salt
cooking spray
½ cup shredded Colby-jack cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large pot cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Step 2: In a large skillet over medium high cook bacon slices until crisp, turning once. Remove bacon slices from the pan and drain on paper towels. Reserve the bacon grease in the pan. Finely chop bacon and set aside. Increase the heat of the skillet to medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts to the pan and cook turning once until the chicken is fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees). Remove from the pan and chop the chicken into  ½ inch chunks.
Step 3: In a medium bowl whisk together milk and cream of mushroom soup. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour evenly into the pan. Cook for 2 minute while stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add the milk and soup mixture to the saucepan while whisking. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from the heat. Let stand for 4 minutes. Add Italian cheese blend, onion powder, garlic powder, dill and salt. Stir until the cheese melts. Stir in pasta, chicken, and half of the chopped crispy bacon.
Step 4: Lightly spray a 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon the macaroni and cheese mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with Colby-jack cheese and remaining bacon bits. Place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the mixture is heated through. Remove from the oven and top with green onions.
(Makes 4 Servings)

       

12 Responses to “Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese Recipe”

  1. April Tilton — October 17, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Bobby- This is the 3rd recipe that I have used of yours, seasame chicken, taco bake, and now this. This chicken bacon ranch bake was amazing. My family now wants it on a monthly basis. I’m thinking about taking it to my family reunion next year too. From now on I am just gonna find all my recipes on your site :) your a amazing chef!!

  2. missy — December 2, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    i’m wondering if this recipe can be made without the cream of mushroom ( not a fan of mushrooms here, no one in the family is either) even if someone says it cant be tasted, believe me, either myself or someone else in the family will taste it. if there is a substitute for it please let me know. thank you.

  3. Michelle — December 4, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Missy – any cream soup would work. celery or chicken would do fine!

  4. Carol Thieme — February 14, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    It would be a GREAT help if these recipes could be printed out – just the ingredients and directions. Don’t need all the pictures and steps. I would love to try some of them but am not going to hand write them and don’t want to waste 5-6 pages of paper to get what is needed.

  5. Bobby — February 14, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Carol Thieme – I do have a print feature on this blog to print recipes. Right under the post title on the right where it says “Print This Post” you can print the recipe. I hope this helps.

  6. glen — April 10, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Looks delicous, but title says bacon ranch.. where is the ranch in recipe?

  7. T — April 10, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    This looks amazing, you dont have to write it or print it, just copy and paste to a word document. Its really simple.

  8. Bobby — April 11, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    glen – The sauce for this recipe is just a ranch style dressing. There is no actual ranch in the recipe.

  9. Dani — April 11, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Being able to pin these on Pinterest would be great too, sharing on Facebook doesn’t allow me to save it for later use. But this looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

  10. Karla — April 30, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    AMAZING!!! I got the basics but added my own touch..doubled butter, used 5 strips of bacon, doubled up on Italian cheese (5 cheese Italian) , sauted onions instead of powder, used whole can of mushroom soup ( by accident ) but didn’t use all of milk/ soup mixture. ..I know it seems like a lot of changes but it still turned out fantastic! ! I guess that’s just the fat kid inside of me…lol..my family loved it n had seconds…highly recommend this :-) Thanks

  11. Adina — September 24, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I haven’t made this yet, but I’m sure you could stir in a packet of dry ranch dressing mix if you wanted to truly make it a chicken bacon ranch.

  12. Angora — November 4, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    WOW!! I gained 5 lbs just reading this yummy recipe!! This will be my football game day meal Saturday!! My family wil love, love, love it. I cannot have MSG so Campbells soup is out. In the past I have had to make my mushroom soup for use in some recipes. If anyone can recommend a brand without MSG I would love to know about it. Thanks again for this yummy!!!!

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