Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole – Delicious Little Bites

This post has been sponsored by Hidden Valley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole is an easy-to-make recipe that the entire family will love! It’s loaded with chicken, broccoli, bacon, cheese, and plenty of Ranch flavor. Naturally low carb and gluten free, this is the perfect recipe for weeknight dinners and meal prep alike!

Cheesy broccoli and chicken ranch casserole in a white casserole dish with a wooden spoon taking a scoop out and a black and white striped napkin in the background

I feel like quite the casserole queen lately. Seems like you guys are loving them, too! Most of my casserole recipes have a little heat to them. However, not everyone enjoys spicy food—which is why I decided to make this Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole. There’s no heat, but there is so much flavor!

Hidden Valley Ranch bottle on a white backdrop with a blue bowl filled with the dressing and a black and white dish towel

For this recipe, a layer of chicken, broccoli, and bacon is topped with a cheese mixture flavored with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch that I picked up at Walmart on my weekly grocery shopping trip. The ranch dressing adds so much creaminess! It’s absolutely delicious!

An added bonus: not only can you put a tasty dinner on the table for your family but you can give back at the same time! When you buy a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch with the Fight Hunger: Feeding America sticker on it from Walmart, one meal is donated to a person in need in your community. That means that 1 item = 1 meal* and that by buying Hidden Valley, you are helping Feeding America.

A bottle of Ranch Dressing sticking out of a blue walmart bag

Why This Recipe Works

  • This family-friendly recipe can be made in less than an hour. You can also prep it ahead of time, then bake for 30 minutes when you’re ready for dinner.
  • The low carb count makes this recipe a great choice for those following a low-carb or keto diet. It’s also a naturally gluten-free recipe.
  • Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day or use this recipe for your weekly meal prep.

How to Make Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole

Prep!

Set the cream cheese out about an hour before you begin to allow it time to come to room temperature.

Cook and crumble the bacon if you are not using leftovers. You will also need to cut the chicken and broccoli into bite-size pieces, mince the garlic, and shred the cheddar cheese.

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease the inside of a 9×9-inch square casserole dish with butter. You can also use a 9×13-inch casserole dish.

Tip: it is strongly recommended to shred the cheese from a block rather than using pre-shredded bagged cheese which contains extra starch. Freshly shredded cheese also melts much better.

Create!

Pieces of chicken cooking in a black skillet

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and add to the hot skillet. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 7-9 minutes. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.

Broccoli boiling in water in a silver saucepan over a white background

While the chicken is cooking, bring a medium saucepan filled 2/3rds of the way with water to a boil. Add the broccoli, cover, and cook for about 2 minutes or until bright green.

Chicken, broccoli, and bacon in a white casserole dish

Drain and transfer to the casserole dish with the chicken and half of the crumbled bacon.

Hidden Valley Ranch being poured into a cheese mixture in a silver bowl

In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing until well combined.

Cream Cheese mixture spread over top of chicken, broccoli, and bacon in a white casserole dish

Spread the mixture evenly over the chicken and broccoli as best as you can. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it will melt as it heats up.

Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole topped with extra cheese and bacon crumbles in a white casserole dish

Sprinkle on the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and bacon.

a bottle of ranch dressing next to a white casserole dish with a cheesy broccoli meal in it and a white and black striped dish towel on a white background

Cover the casserole dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Present!

A white plate with a serving of casserole and the entire casserole, a black and white towel, and a fork int eh background all over a white backdrop

Serve hot right from the casserole dish and enjoy!

Tips and Techniques for the Best Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole

  • Set the cream cheese out about an hour before you begin to allow it time to come to room temperature.
  • It is strongly recommended to shred the cheese from a block rather than using pre-shredded bagged cheese which contains extra starch. Freshly shredded cheese also melts much better.
  • Store leftover casserole in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.

Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole

Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole is an easy-to-make recipe that the entire family will love! Naturally low carb and gluten free, this is a perfect recipe for weeknight dinners and meal prep alike!

  • Course Main Dish
  • Cuisine Chicken, Gluten Free, Low Carb
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 30 minutes
  • Total Time 45 minutes
  • Servings 6 servings
  • Calories 572

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds chicken * cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 slices bacon * cooked and crumbled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese * at room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic * minced
  • 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese * shredded, divided
  • 1/2 cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  • Grease the inside of a 9×9-inch square casserole dish or a 9×13-inch casserole dish with butter.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet.

  • Cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 7-9 minutes. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.

  • While the chicken is cooking, bring a medium saucepan filled 2/3rds of the way with water to a boil. Add the broccoli, cover, and cook for about 2 minutes or until bright green.

  • Drain and transfer to the casserole dish with the chicken, along with half of the crumbled bacon.

  • In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing until well combined.

  • Spread the mixture evenly over the chicken and broccoli as best as you can.

  • Sprinkle on the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and bacon.

  • Cover the casserole dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Notes

Tips and Techniques for the Best Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole

  • Set the cream cheese out about an hour before you begin to allow it time to come to room temperature.
  • It is strongly recommended to shred the cheese from a block than using pre-shredded bagged cheese which contains extra starch. Freshly shredded cheese also melts much better.
  • Store leftover casserole in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.

FAQ’s

  • Can you make Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole ahead of time? Yes You can prepare the casserole ahead of time and keep it tightly covered in the refrigerator. Cook within 24 hours for best results.
  • Can you freeze Ranch Bacon Chicken Casserole? Yes. Prepare the casserole, then cover tightly and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the casserole to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking. You can also cook the casserole from frozen but will need to at least double the cook time. Bake until it’s heated through and bubbly on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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