Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

filed under: Food + Drink on July 11, 2019

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta is so addictive, you won’t be able to have just one plate!  Moist shredded chicken is paired with thick-cut crispy pieces of bacon and a creamy and cheesy ranch mixture on a bed of penne noodles for an amazing finish!  If you are looking for more pasta ideas, make sure to check out my cheeseburger pasta and my mushroom and swiss pasta!

Easy One-Pot Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

OK, so I know by now I have already sold you on why you would want to make cheesy ranch chicken pasta, but I am going to go ahead and add another thing.  It all cooks in one pot!  Just one.  If you are like me, this is an amazing discovery.  My kids love it and it cleans up easy which means I am winning.  There is a little bit of prep work to be done but if you do that, I am here to tell you the rest of your week will be a breeze too.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

I don’t know what it is about kids and ranch.  They just love the stuff.  So anytime I can make a dinner for them that has the flavor of ranch infused, I know it will be a hit.  Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta had them licking the bowl and asking for more.  I’ll be honest, I was in the same camp.  It was so delicious I couldn’t stop grabbing a bite full.

Easy and Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

Prep Ahead

  • Shredded Chicken: You can buy your chicken cooked and pre-shredded but I prefer to make it ahead.  Use this easy shredded chicken recipe for perfectly cooked and moist chicken every single time.
  • Bacon:  You can also buy pre-cooked bacon at the store but again, there is nothing better than the taste and crunch of perfectly cooked and crispy bacon.  I always bake mine in the oven. Start by lining a large baking dish with tin foil and lay out the individual pieces of bacon.   Bake them in the oven at 415° F for 18-20 minutes.  Cook times will vary based on your oven heat.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta Ingredients

Other Ingredients

  • Dry Ranch Seasoning
  • Penne Noodles
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Parsley

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta with Bacon

How to Make Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

  • Start with a small to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add the chicken and the dry ranch seasoning and stir to combine making sure to coat all of the chicken well.
  • Move to the Dutch oven and set it over medium heat.  Add the broth, the dry penne noodles, and the chicken mixture.  Stir to combine and bring everything to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat down to low and cover.  Allow this mixture to simmer 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir it occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  (There will still be liquid in the pan when the noodles are finished cooking.)
  • Add in the cream cheese and stir until it has completely melted into the mixture.
  • Remove from heat and add the bacon and the shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir everything together until it has completely melted.

Garnish with parsley and serve! Yup, it’s just that easy.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta Recipe

4.8 from 15 votes
Cheesy Chicken Ranch Pasta
Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta is so addictive, you won't be able to have just one plate!  Moist shredded chicken is paired with thick-cut crispy pieces of bacon and a creamy and cheesy ranch mixture on a bed of penne noodles for an amazing finish! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta, Crack Chicken, Pasta, Ranch Chicken
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 cups shredded chicken, cooked
  • package  dry ranch seasoning mix
  • ounces penne noodles,   uncooked
  • 3 1/2  cups  chicken broth
  • ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • slices  thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • cups  cheddar cheese, shredded
  • tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  1. In a small bowl combine shredded chicken and dry ranch seasoning. (This is your chicken mixture.)

  2. To a large Dutch oven over medium heat, add the chicken broth, penne, and chicken mixture. Stir to combine and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and then cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked to your preference. There should still be some liquid in the pot when the pasta is done cooking.

  3. Add the cream cheese to the dutch oven and stir until most of the cream cheese has melted.

  4. Add the bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir everything until cheese is fully melted.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Looking for More Pasta Recipes?

Pasta is a big favorite around here and we tend to make it often.  Here are some of my family’s favorite noodle dishes!

Cheeseburger Pasta

Mushroom and Swiss Pasta

Spaghetti Carbonara

Chicken Marsala Casserole

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  • Sara says:

    Made this last night for lunch/dinner leftovers today. My daughter said I could make this every week and she would be happy. I used leftover rotisserie chicken and added spinach and peas. We sprinkled bacon over the top rather than incorporating in, only because some in our home don’t eat bacon.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Great to hear, Sara!

  • Dawn TaylorPratt says:

    Great this was easy and delicious

  • Amanda Forsberg says:

    Do you have to use a Dutch oven? I don’t have one.

  • Jacqulyn says:

    Made this tonight. Doubled the recipes (2 teenage boys and a husband). Added 1/2 cup of heavy cream. My son who likes nothing loved this. ]so creamy and tasty.

  • L says:

    This has all the makings of a super yummy dish. Mine was just WAY TOO SALTY. I plan to make it again, but will have to cut back on something. Btw…disclosure I used a lot of bacon which is salty. Perhaps this was the problem.

  • Jennifer says:

    Made exactly as recipe called for. It was good, but very salty. If I make this again will use low sodium broth and add some green veg such as peas to take the edge off the salt.

  • Vicki S says:

    How much chicken broth?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Vicki! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Use 3 1/2 cups of chicken broth. Have a great day!

  • Amy says:

    I didn’t have any cooked chicken, so I boiled a large chicken breast in the broth for 10 minutes before adding the pasta and ranch seasoning and boiling for another 15 minutes. I used reduced sodium chicken broth, reduced sodium bacon, reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, and Neufchatel or light cream cheese. At first it seemed too soupy, but as it sat it absorbed the extra liquid. It was a delicious meal and a keeper.

  • Suzann says:

    Made this with leftover roasted chicken. Hubby called dibs on leftovers for his lunch tomorrow. Winner winner chicken dinner lol.

  • Alicia says:

    What goes in a dry ranch mix?
    We only have ranch salad dressing in Australia
    Thank you

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Alicia! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here is a dry ranch seasoning mix recipe you could use. Have a wonderful day!

  • Leni Russin says:

    I loved this dish. I am handicapped and I love dishes when I don’t have to cook the pasta in a seperate pot. Also it was very easy to make. My boys love ranch and bacon.