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

4.75 from 8 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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  • LIsa says:

    My husband is gluten intolerant. Is there something that can be used in place of pasta?

  • Bry says:

    Just reading this I know I need it in my life! Will be adding this to the meal plan once the weather cools down a little – YUM!

  • Sarah donovan says:

    This is really, really good! I love the one pot (and bowl) recipes! I might ad the chicken with the cream cheese, maybe it was my precooked chicken but it became a bit overcooked as I added it at first per the directions. Any input Amanda?

  • Sharon Quisenberry says:

    Love the receipt, thought it would be complicated with all the mixing of the cheese, but it was a breeze. Sorry, we haven’t dug into it yet but looks yummy. You think reheating it in a microwave would ruin it?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      It can get globby in the microwave… I would add a little milk, stir, and then heat. 🙂

  • Amy says:

    You can use gluten free pasta

  • Tiffany says:

    This looks amazing!! Do you add the chicken & ranch together than cook it?? I want to make it, but don’t want to mess it up

  • Cheryl says:

    This recipe was DELICIOUS and SO EASY to make! My boys LOVED it!!!

  • Linda Lender says:

    This would be great in the Instant Pot. Put in all ingredients EXCEPT cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Set for 5 minutes on high, then 10 minute natural release. Then add cheeses and stir.

  • Nick Cunliffe says:

    These sound gorgeous BUT living in UK what is a Ranch Packet

  • Tanya says:

    I made this tonight. My husband loved it and asked me to add it to the rotation. The only thing I might change is adding less of the ranch packet. It was way too salty for my taste but the overall flavor was really tasty.

  • Kathy says:

    Can I use cream cheese with chives in the cheesy ranch chicken pasta?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You can definitely try it!

  • Tracy says:

    Can this be made in crock pot?

  • BARBARA says:

    If you don’t eat pork can Turkey bacon be a replacement

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I have not tested that but I am sure it would be fine.

  • Bobbi says:

    This was delicious and so easy to make. Everyone loved it! I added some spinach (because I had some to use up) and the kids didn’t even notice. They ate it right up. thank you.

  • Priya says:

    But need a substitute for ranch dressing as it is not available where I stay

  • Pam Shaw says:

    I am not even a chicken fan and I loved this dish. I took a few time saving steps, used canned chicken breast (2 large cans) and box of Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar cheese Mac and cheese mix as a substitute for the pasta and cheddar cheese. I had dinner in less than 30 minutes. My family loved it also. I may add green chilies next time.

  • Grainne says:

    This sounds insane! I’m UK based and we struggle to get ranch dressing so I’m wondering what I could substitute for the packeted stuff? I might just try Amazon to see if they have something I could use.

  • Penny says:

    Made it for supper tonight, it was delicious! There were no leftovers lol