Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

 

Macaroni and Cheese is the most genius recipe ever created and this cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese is coming in a close second place.

 

Macaroni and Cheese is the most genius recipe ever created and this cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese is coming in a close second place. 

 

What is it about mac n cheese that is so irresistable? I mean, I know it’s cheese and carbs, but for two ingredients it sure turns out delicious. When I was little it was only Kraft Mac n’ cheese, and yes there were a few times my mom threw in some cut up hot dogs. I don’t know where that came from but it happened.

 

Now our kids are all about the Annie’s Mac n’ Cheese. Who knew they would have an opinion about it.

 

To make a killer cheese sauce, make sure you start out with the right kinds of cheese ohsweetbasil.com

 

Cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese is like the ultimate casserole. It’s a great meal to take to people in need of a little pick me up, but it is obviously loaded with dairy so watch out for any dairy issues with new, nursing mothers.

 

To make a killer cheese sauce, make sure you start out with the right kinds of cheese ohsweetbasil.com

 

It’s also a great dish to freeze. It wont last as long as other recipes in the freezer because the cheese sauce can be absorbed by the noodles or separate a little when reheated if you leave it frozen for too long, but we’ve pushed it past a month and it was still perfect.

 

Add rotisserie chicken to macaroni and cheese to make it feed a crowd and save time cooking ohsweetbasil.com

 

If you freeze our cheesy chicken bacon ranch  macaroni and cheese, and I know you’re trying to save time, but please don’t add the bread crumbs and bacon until you reheat. Those really do get a little too soggy in the freezer. In my personal opinion.

 

The gooiest chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese you'll ever make and you can make it into a freezer meal! ohsweetbasil.com

 

If you want to change up the flavors you could leave out the chicken or ranch. I mean, I don’t know why you would, but you can if you want to. Just add a touch more flour as the ranch thickens things up a bit.

 

This is a quick and easy dinner idea with rotisserie chicken, cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese for family dinner! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Cook your noodles until al dente as they will bake in the oven and absorb a little more of that sauce so overcooking them the first time will make them too soft and they will break down in the baking process.

 

This is a quick and easy dinner idea with rotisserie chicken, cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese for family dinner! ohsweetbasil.com

 

That’s it! You can totally bust this out for dinner tonight. I mean, I even use shredded rotisserie chicken from Costco, leaving half in the freezer for the next casserole. I love the convenience and flavor of that stuff!

 

This is a quick and easy dinner idea with rotisserie chicken, cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese for family dinner! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is the most genius recipe ever created and this cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese is coming in a close second place.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons  flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken

Topping

  • 2/3 Cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10 Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a 6-qt. dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth, continuing to cook for 30 seconds to cook out the flour taste. Gradually whisk in milk.
  3. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Switch to a wooden spoon, stir in cheeses until blended. Stir in dressing.Add chicken and sauce to macaroni, tossing to combine.
  4. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bacon and bake for 30 minutes. 

For the Topping

  1. In a pan, add the butter and melt completely.
  2. Toss the bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over macaroni.

 

Freeze option: 

Prepare recipe as directed, increasing milk slightly.

Cool the unbaked casserole completely; cover and freeze.

To reheat, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casserole with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; continue baking as directed or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6-8, Serving Size: 8 ounces

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 427 Calories
  • Total Fat: 29.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.7g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Protein: 18.4g

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Macaroni and Cheese is the most genius recipe ever created and this cheesy chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese is coming in a close second place.

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Quick and easy cheesy chicken and rice casserole with veggies! ohsweetbasil.com

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.