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Bacon Chicken Ranch Casserole is a comforting and flavorful dish that combines tender chicken, crispy bacon, creamy ranch dressing, and melted cheese into a delicious one-pan meal. This casserole is perfect for busy weeknights when you want a hearty and satisfying dinner without spending hours in the kitchen. The combination of savory ingredients creates a mouthwatering dish that is sure to please the whole family. Whether you’re a fan of ranch flavors or simply love a good casserole, this recipe delivers a comforting and indulgent dining experience that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Ingredients:

For the Casserole:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives or green onions for garnish (optional)

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers or breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions:

Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Place them in a heated skillet with a bit of oil over medium-high heat. Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side until they are cooked through and golden brown. Remove from the skillet and let them cool for a few minutes.
  3. Once cooled, chop the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces or shred it.

Assemble the Casserole: 4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped or shredded chicken, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing. Mix everything until well combined.

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  1. Transfer this mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.

Prepare the Topping: 6. In a small bowl, combine the crushed Ritz crackers or breadcrumbs with the melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are coated with butter.

Top and Bake: 7. Sprinkle the cracker or breadcrumb mixture evenly over the chicken and cheese mixture in the baking dish.

  1. Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve and Garnish: 9. Once out of the oven, let the casserole rest for a few minutes to cool slightly. If desired, garnish with fresh chives or green onions for a pop of color and flavor.

Cook’s Notes:

  • Feel free to customize this casserole with your favorite cheeses or add some diced vegetables like bell peppers or broccoli for an extra layer of flavor and nutrition.
  • To save time, you can use pre-cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking chicken breasts from scratch.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, consider adding a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the ranch dressing mixture.

Variations:

  • Loaded Potato Casserole: Add diced potatoes to the casserole for a “loaded baked potato” twist. Parboil the potatoes before adding them to the mixture.
  • Tex-Mex Twist: Substitute the ranch dressing with a creamy chipotle sauce for a Tex-Mex-inspired flavor.
  • Vegetarian Delight: Omit the chicken and bacon to create a delicious vegetarian version, adding more veggies like broccoli or spinach for extra flavor.

 Bacon Chicken Ranch Casserole is a savory delight that combines the richness of cheese and bacon with the creamy goodness of ranch dressing. With its ease of preparation and irresistible flavors, it’s a go-to dish for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it for a family dinner or bringing it to a potluck, this casserole will be a crowd-pleaser, leaving everyone asking for seconds. Enjoy the comforting and cheesy goodness of this savory delight!

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