Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese #Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese Recipe - From Val's Kitchen

One of my favorite hot sandwiches ever is chicken breast with bacon, chicken, cheese and ranch dressing. Sometimes I like to make a version of it with pasta. It’s not the same flavor or texture as a sandwich obviously, but it does combine the same flavors that I feel go so well together. It’s a tasty, hot comfort food that fills you up. It works as a leftover but does usually lose a little of it’s creaminess after the first day, so if you have leftovers toss a little extra milk or cream cheese or sour cream in when you reheat it on day two. Here’s how to make it.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbows
  • 9 oz roasted chicken (I used a package of Short Cuts)
  • 1 cup bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 oz Triple Cheddar shredded cheese
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 2x 1 oz packet thick & creamy ranch dip/dressing mix
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

Boil the pasta until al dente.

Once cooked, drain the pasta and place back into the pot.

Add the butter and stir well.

Add the shredded cheese and milk and stir well.

Add the sour cream, ranch dip mix, bacon and chicken and stir well.

Pour mixture into greased baking pan.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted.

Serve with salt and pepper immediately.

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15 comments

Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 14, 2016 - 7:03 am

Yum! That sounds like a meal my whole family would devour and then ask for seconds and even thirds!

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Heather Johnson January 14, 2016 - 11:17 am

My family and I love mac and cheese. Chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese sounds so divine!

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valmg January 15, 2016 - 7:37 am

We’re big mac and cheese fans so I like to find different ways to make it.

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ReviewsSheROTE January 14, 2016 - 12:12 pm

As I’m trying to make better food choices for myself- I wouldn’t make it for me, but the rest of my family could gobble it up while I enjoy a chicken ranch salad =)

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valmg January 15, 2016 - 7:38 am

Chicken and ranch is a great flavor combination, even in salad!

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Tammilee Tips January 14, 2016 - 1:49 pm

This is a recipe my husband John would love!! He is a bacon fanatic, I need to try this out!

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Michele January 14, 2016 - 6:40 pm

That really does sound good! I wonder if it would make it into the oven to bake with me around–It sounds good enough to eat it right out of the pot!

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valmg January 15, 2016 - 7:37 am

I wanted to eat it right out of the pot before ever putting it into the oven!

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Liz Mays January 14, 2016 - 10:54 pm

That sounds so creamy and full of flavor. It’s the kind of thing we’d eat in one sitting over here.

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valmg January 15, 2016 - 7:39 am

I almost ate it all in one sitting without even baking it.

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OurFamilyWorld January 15, 2016 - 2:43 am

That looks yummy! I love creamy pastas. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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patricia Marsden January 15, 2016 - 3:06 am

Have you tried any seasoning other than ranch?

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valmg January 15, 2016 - 7:36 am

Yep, often, ranch is just one of my favorites.

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Briana January 18, 2016 - 8:59 am

This looks like a great recipe for family get togethers and pitch-ins! Thanks for sharing!

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patricia Marsden January 22, 2016 - 8:05 am

Would real bacon bits work in this recipe?

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