• Leah Buckbee, CMA, LMT

Chicken Ranch Pasta Bake


I recently saw this recipe for chicken ranch pasta bake. This sounded not only amazing, but right up my alley. Not only is chicken one of my favorite dishes to make, but add some ranch seasoning to it too?? Sounds like heaven to me! And there's pasta involved! My mouth is watering right now at the thought of it! And it only takes 35 minutes to make! Which is perfect for busy week day nights!


Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of penne pasta

  • 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubbed

  • 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing mix/seasoning


Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix/seasoning

  • 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Toppings:

  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese

  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped

  • fresh chopped parsley (optional)


Instructions:

  1. In a large pot of water, boil penne pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain.

  2. Season chicken pieces with ranch seasoning. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray.

  3. Cook chicken in prepared skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink in center; about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and onto a large plate. Tent with foil to keep warm. Carefully wipe skillet clean so you can cook sauce in it.

  4. Add butter to skillet and melt it over medium heat. Once melted, add garlic and stir until fragrant; about 1 minute. Whisk in ranch seasoning and flour. Cook for 30 seconds whisking constantly. Slowly whisk in heavy whipping cream. Continue to cook and stir for one minute or until mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese until it completely melts. Season sauce with pepper.

  5. Add drained pasta and cooked chicken to ranch sauce in skillet. Stir to combine.

  6. Pour this mixture into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Top with Mozzarella cheese and chopped bacon. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

  7. Remove from oven and let rest/cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!

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Leah  Buckbee

CMA, LMT, MMA

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