Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

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Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta – a creamy and delicious pasta dish filled with cheese, chicken and bacon all made in one pot! This pasta can’t be beat!

Anytime chicken and bacon get together, you know it’s going to be delicious—like our bbq bacon wrapped chicken bites! Chicken + bacon are the stars of the show in this pasta recipe. Beware, it’s going to be a new favorite!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta on white plate

Chicken + Bacon + Ranch + Pasta

Who here loves Pasta?! It’s something our family has at least once a week since it’s loved by the whole family. We often make Fettuccine and Spaghetti and recently tried out Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta that everyone loved!

We realize you can’t go wrong when you’re combining cheese, chicken, bacon ranch and pasta. And to make it even better, this recipe took only 20 minutes to whip up AND it’s all made in one pot. That’s a dinner winner in our book.

This recipe was creamy, cheesy and simple enough for the kiddos to like it too.

Chicken Bacon Pasta in skillet

Making Chicken Bacon Pasta

As mentioned, this recipe is quite simple.

SAUCE. Whisk chicken broth and ranch dressing mix in a large skillet over medium heat, until well blended. Add cream cheese and cook 1-2 minutes.

ADD CHICKEN. Add chicken, pasta and 1 cup of your cheese, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 16-18 minutes. Stir occasionally.

BACON. Once pasta is tender, top with bacon and remaining cheese and serve warm.

What is the best way to cook bacon?

  • In the oven: You can use our oven baked Bacon recipe.
  • In a skillet on the stove top over medium low heat or Use and electric griddle set to 325 degrees F
    • Turn the bacon occasionally to get and even cook an each side. The length of cook time will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you prefer it.

Substitutions/Additions:

  • I used rotini noodles, but any bite sized pasta works such as bowtie, elbow, shell, penne, ziti or wagon wheel
  • Add veggies: such as bell peppers or broccoli florets. Add them the same time you add your chicken.
  • Spice it up with red chili flakes, paprika, or chili powder
  • To make this even easier use leftover rotisserie chicken
  • Use shredded turkey to change it up (especially if you have leftovers from the holiday)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta recipe on white plate

FREEZING & STORING

How to store pasta? Place in a tupperware and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Can I freeze this pasta? Yes! If you plan to freeze this dish you’ll want to create  a little more cream base so add 4 cups chicken broth, 2 ½ tbsp ranch dressing and 10 oz cream cheese. Also, cook the pasta to al dente (about 10 minutes) and remove from the heat.

Allow the dish to cool. Place it in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw. In a skillet on the stove very slowly bring it to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Top with bacon bits and cheese.

We love that this can all be made in the same pot. Add the fact that it’s cheesy and delicious, and of course, we love it!

For more chicken pasta recipes, check out:

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe

4.78 from 9 votes

Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta - a creamy and delicious pasta dish filled with cheese, chicken and bacon all made in one pot! This pasta can't be beat!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 747 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese cut into 1 inch pieces, softened
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Whisk chicken broth and ranch dressing mix in a large skillet over medium heat, until well blended.

  2. Add cream cheese and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken, pasta and 1 cup of your cheese, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 16-18 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  4. Once pasta is tender, top with bacon and remaining cheese and serve warm. ENJOY!

 

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments

  1. 4 stars
    This was really good. I would just like to ask, or make the suggestion that while it is cooking, make sure you occasionally stir it. We did not and I just destroyed a piece of my cookware.

  2. 5 stars
    You had me at bacon!!! Like most kids mine love pasta recipes and I’m always trying out DIFFERENT ones. THANKS for sharing this one as well as all the tips.

  3. 5 stars
    PaSta will never be turned away in this home. The kids love it no matter how it comes. This recipe is easy and full of everything that is loved!

  4. 4 stars
    Loved the recipe, but it’s a little confusing about the shredded chicken. do you poach it/boil it, then shred it, then do this whole cooking process? Or do you just cube it, cook it as directed, then shred it after only one cooking. Just reads really unclear.