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Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta

Savory Pasta smothered in a creamy ranch sauce with bites of seared chicken and crispy bacon. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 716 kcal
Author Stephanie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch optional
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Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, drizzle with a touch of olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon slowly on low heat, turning the it over as it begins to curl for even cooking. Leave the bacon drippings in the pan and set the bacon on paper towels to drain the excess grease. Note: If you don’t have much for bacon drippings, add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the pan and melt.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with desired amounts of salt and pepper. Coat the chicken in the flour.
  4. Add the chicken to the pan with the bacon drippings and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Leave them alone as they cook to get a nice golden sear on them. Once cooked through, remove the chicken from the pan.
  5. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for one minute.
  6. Temper the milk by heating in the microwave for 30 seconds. Gradually whisk it into the pan, then whisk in the cheese and the Ranch seasoning. Stir constantly.
  7. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cooks. If thicker sauce is preferred, combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Add it to the sauce in increments, giving it a chance to thicken in between, until desired consistency is obtained.
  8. Crumble the cooked bacon and mix it into the sauce along with the cooked pasta and seared chicken. Let it heat up for 1-2 minutes, and serve! 

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 716 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1166mg51%
Potassium 602mg17%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 462mg46%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.