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Cheesy Bacon Chicken and Potatoes (+Video)

This Cheesy BBQ Bacon Ranch Chicken and Potatoes is a whole meal in one! Ranch BBQ marinated chicken with melted cheese and bacon!

A WHOLE MEAL IN ONE DISH!

I guess you really could call this a casserole since it has layers and it’s really a whole meal in one pan. This Cheesy Bacon Chicken and Potatoes recipe has so much flavor, you’ll want to make it again and again. Layers of potatoes, bacon and chicken all seasoned with a light coating of bbq and ranch dressing. Then, I topped it off with cheese. Yes. Yes I did. 🙂

horizontal photo of fully baked chicken and potato casserole in a white baking dish with melted cheese on top of the chicken breasts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use other cuts of chicken besides chicken breasts?

Yes. Chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used. Keep in mind that dark meat takes a little longer to cook than white meat so you’ll need to adjust cook time accordingly.

Can you put raw meat in a casserole?

It is safe to put raw chicken into casseroles. Once the chicken reaches the cooked temperature of 165F degrees, all the bacteria that might have been there will have been killed once the dish reaches that temperature.

Can I use a packet of bacon pieces rather than cooking up bacon?

Yes. If you want to cut down on the preparation time, you can use a packet of bacon pieces rather than frying up bacon. You will then need to add a little oil to the pan you are cooking the potatoes in since you won’t have the bacon grease left in there.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. I don’t recommend freezing.

Cheesy BBQ Bacon Ranch Chicken Potatoes recipe from The Country Cook. A serving of cooked potatoes and a chicken breast shown on a blue round plate with sliced green onions sprinkled around.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • ranch dressing
  • BBQ sauce
  • chicken breasts
  • bacon
  • baby potatoes
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • Triple cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
  • green onions
Little Potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, chicken, ranch dressing, bbq sauce, green onion.

HOW TO MAKE CHEESY BACON CHICKEN AND POTATOES:

Mix together the ranch dressing and BBQ sauce in a bowl.

ranch dressing mixed with bbq sauce in a clear bowl

Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a gallon-size ziploc bag, pour half the prepared dressing over chicken breasts. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.

bbq ranch marinated chicken breasts in a ziptop bag.

Heat oven to 400ºF. Spray an 11 x 7-inch (or 9×13) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until bacon is almost fully cooked (not crisp.) Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Set aside bacon on paper towels.

cooked bacon in skillet.

Add potatoes to reserved drippings; season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook about 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

diced baby potatoes in a white skillet with seasonings added.

Cut up bacon. Add to potato mixture; mix lightly. Spoon potatoes and bacon into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining prepared dressing over potatoes and stir to coat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken over potato mixture.

potatoes, bacon, chicken breasts in a baking dish.

Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil then evenly top with shredded cheese.

shredded cheddar cheese on chicken and potatoes in a casserole dish.

Cover again and place back into oven for an additional 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and chicken is thoroughly cooked (165f degrees) and potatoes are fork tender.

Ranch Barbecue Chicken Breasts with Little Potatoes and Bacon topped with melted cheese.

Top with sliced green onions before serving.

a spatula holding up a melted cheese coated chicken breast.

I like to serve this with a big ole salad! I just pick up one of those bagged salads that have everything included to keep it easy breezy!

a serving of chicken and potatoes with melted cheese on top on a blue plate.

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Cheesy Bacon Chicken and Potatoes (+Video)

This Cheesy BBQ Bacon Ranch Chicken and Potatoes is a whole meal in one! Ranch BBQ marinated chicken with melted cheese and bacon!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts (about 4-5)
  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1.5 pounds little (baby) potatoes, cut in quarters
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, to taste
  • 2 cups triple cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
  • 3 green onions. sliced

Instructions

  • Mix together the ranch dressing and BBQ sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder and place in a ziploc bag.
  • Into the bag, pour half the prepared dressing over chicken breasts. Squish it around to evenly coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes to marinate.
  • When ready, preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray an 11 x 7 (or 9×13) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until bacon is almost fully cooked (not crisp.) Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tablespoon of drippings in skillet. Set aside bacon on paper towels.
  • Add potatoes to reserved drippings; season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Cut up bacon. Add to potato mixture; mix lightly. Spoon potatoes and bacon into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining prepared dressing over potatoes and stir to coat. 
  • Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken evenly over potato mixture in baking dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes.
  • Remove foil and top with shredded cheese.
  • Cover again and place back into oven for an additional 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and chicken is thoroughly cooked (165f degrees) and potatoes are fork tender.
  • Top with sliced green onions before serving.

Video

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 45g | Sodium: 999mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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