This 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!
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!
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
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease the inside of a 9×9-inch square casserole dish or a 9x13-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.
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.
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.