Chicken bacon and ranch



  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (to taste, ensure it’s enough for moisture)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: Cooked pasta (if desired)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Casserole Dish: Grease a casserole dish lightly to prevent sticking.
  3. Mix the Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, crumbled bacon, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (add enough to ensure the mixture isn’t dry; the exact amount depends on your preference), shredded Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Mix everything together until well combined.
  4. Add Optional Pasta: If you prefer a heartier dish, add cooked pasta to the mixture. Use any pasta shape you like. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, drain, and then mix it with the other ingredients.
  5. Transfer to Casserole Dish: Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Top with Cheese: Sprinkle additional shredded cheese on top of the casserole for an extra cheesy crust.
  7. Bake: Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the casserole is heated through.
  8. Serve: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped green onions or fresh parsley if desired.
  9. Enjoy: Dig in and savor the creamy, cheesy, and flavorful combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch. This dish is a delightful blend of comfort and indulgence.

Note: Feel free to customize this recipe by adding vegetables like spinach, broccoli, or bell peppers for added nutrition and color. You can also experiment with different types of cheese to create your unique flavor profile.

1. Can I use store-bought ranch dressing instead of Hidden Valley Ranch?

  • Yes, you can use any brand of ranch dressing you prefer. The choice of dressing can alter the flavor slightly, so pick one that you enjoy.

2. Can I prepare this casserole ahead of time and bake it later?

  • Absolutely! You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate it overnight. When you’re ready to bake, simply preheat the oven and bake according to the recipe instructions. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time if the casserole is cold from the fridge.

3. Can I freeze leftovers?

  • Yes, you can freeze leftover casserole in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Note that the texture of the dish might slightly change after freezing and thawing.

4. Can I use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon?

  • Yes, you can use turkey bacon as a leaner alternative. Cook it until crisp, crumble it, and use it in the recipe as you would regular bacon.

5. Can I make this casserole without bacon for a vegetarian version?

  • Certainly! Simply omit the bacon or replace it with vegetarian bacon alternatives. You can add extra vegetables like mushrooms or roasted bell peppers for additional flavor and texture.

6. What side dishes go well with this casserole?

  • This casserole pairs well with a variety of sides such as a simple green salad, steamed vegetables, or a fresh fruit salad. Garlic bread, dinner rolls, or a side of rice or pasta are also excellent choices to complete the meal.

7. Can I use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken instead of cooking chicken breasts?

  • Yes, using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is a time-saving option. Simply shred the rotisserie chicken and use it in the recipe. This can add extra flavor to the dish.

8. Can I use different types of cheese?

  • Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses like Pepper Jack, provolone, or Gouda. Different cheeses will impart unique flavors, so choose those that complement your taste preferences. Grated or shredded cheese works best for even melting.

9. Can I make this casserole in advance for a party or potluck?

  • Yes, this casserole is great for parties and potlucks. Assemble it ahead of time and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. It’s a crowd-pleaser and can be easily transported to events. Remember to adjust the baking time if the casserole is cold from the fridge.

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