Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

This one checks all the boxes for me. Potatoes, bacon, chicken fried in bacon grease, ranch, AND cheese?! Seriously so good.

A little secret I’ve discovered recently is cooking the potatoes in the microwave beforehand so they cook faster. You’re probably like, yeah…duhhhh Abbie…but seriously, how did it take me 5 years to figure that out?! I always complain how long it takes potatoes to get done.

I loved this meal so much that after my first plate, I was full – but it was so good, I needed more anyway.

I have made this before using actual ranch instead of just ranch seasoning, so you can do that, but I highly suggest going with the seasoning. It’s worth it!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Olive oil
  • 4 small russet potatoes
  • 3 tbs ranch seasoning, divided
  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 2, but mine were quite large!)
  • 4-6 slices bacon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese

HOW TO MAKE:

  • Clean your potatoes and slice them into wedges. Place them into a bowl and sprinkle with roughly 2 tbs olive oil. Add 2 tbs ranch seasoning and mix. Cover and microwave for 10 minutes.
  • Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and place on paper towels to soak up grease when done.
  • Discard all but 2 tbs bacon grease.
  • Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Add to hot bacon grease and cook, stirring frequently, until done, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbs of ranch seasoning to the chicken.
  • Add cooked potatoes to the pot when chicken is done. Stir.
  • Crumble up your bacon strips and add about half to the chicken potato mixture. Add about 1 – 1 1/2 cups of cheese on top. Cover and turn the burner to low and allow the cheese to melt.
  • When cheese is melted, add remaining bacon on top. Sprinkle with parsley flakes and serve!

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