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Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Casserole is a whole dinner in one! All topped with melty cheese and bacon. Picky eater approved!

A DELICIOUS DINNER ALL IN ONE PAN

I am really excited to share this recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Casserole with you today. It turned out so, so good! I mean you really just can’t go wrong with potatoes, chicken, melty cheese and bacon, right? This is definitely one of those all-in-one meals that I really think your whole entire family will love. It is easily customizable to suit your family’s tastes!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Casserole shown fully baked in a white casserole baking dish.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)

Can I use dry ranch seasoning mix instead of bottled ranch dressing?

Yes, you can. If you forgot to pick up a bottle of ranch dressing, you can just season the potatoes and chicken with some ranch seasoning mix.

Can I substitute baby gold potatoes with russet potatoes?

Yes. You can peel and dice russet potatoes instead of using baby gold potatoes.

We prefer chicken thighs, can we use those?

Yes. Chicken thighs are a wonderful substitute as they are usually less expensive than chicken breasts. Just make sure to grab the boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

What can I add to chicken to make it taste better?

With this recipe, we are using ranch dressing to really give this chicken some flavor. In addition to the dressing, it is very important to also salt and pepper the chicken. You could also add a little garlic powder and/or paprika to the mix. This will all really infuse the chicken with a lot of flavor and save it from being too bland.

Can you put raw meat in a casserole?

It is actually safe to put raw meat 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.

What can I serve with Ranch Chicken Casserole?

This really is a whole meal in one. However, if you want to add some more vegetables to your plate, I suggest some steamed carrots or broccoli. Or serve with a delicious side salad (with ranch dressing, of course!)

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in a covered container, in the refrigerator, for 2 days. It can also be frozen in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Allow to come to room temperature, then microwave to reheat.

Loaded Potato Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe from The Country Cook. Cheese, potatoes and chicken in a white baking dish topped with melted cheese, sliced cooked bacon and sliced green onions.

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

  • gold baby potatoes
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Ranch dressing
  • salt and pepper
  • Mexican Cheese Blend
  • bacon
  • green onion
chicken breasts, shredded cheese, little potatoes, ranch dressing, bacon, green onion.

HOW TO MAKE LOADED BACON RANCH CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Preheat oven to 450f. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Dice potatoes into 1-inch cubes.

diced potatoes on a wood cutting board.

In a large bowl mix together the diced potatoes, salt & pepper and 1/4 cup ranch dressing. Note: It’s really important you add a bit of salt & pepper along with the ranch dressing. It makes a difference in the flavor.

diced potatoes, ranch dressing, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Scoop the potatoes into prepared baking dish (save that bowl, we’re going to use it again for the chicken.

ranch coated potatoes in the bottom of a white casserole dish.

Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until almost thoroughly cooked (they won’t be fork tender quite yet.)

baked, diced potatoes in a casserole dish.

While the potatoes are cooking, start cutting up the chicken breasts.

diced chicken breasts in a wood cutting board.

Add the cutup chicken to the bowl you used to the potatoes and add salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup ranch dressing.

diced chicken breasts, ranch dressing, salt and pepper in a bowl with a spoon.

Once the potatoes have cooked 30 minutes, remove baking dish from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400F. Top the cooked potatoes with the raw marinated chicken. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil (Warning: Baking dish will be VERY hot so use oven mitts to do this.)

ranch coated chicken and potatoes in a baking dish ready to be cooked.

Place baking dish back in the oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes (or until chicken is fully cooked.)

cooked baked chicken and potatoes in a white baking dish.

Take baking dish out of the oven and top with shredded cheese, bacon and green onion.

shredded cheese, bacon and green onion with diced potatoes and chicken in a white baking dish.

Place back in oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

finished Loaded Potato Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe shown in a white casserole dish on a wooden board.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Casserole is a whole dinner in one! All topped with melty cheese and bacon. Picky eater approved!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds baby gold potatoes
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup prepared ranch dressing, divided use
  • 2 cups Mexican Cheese blend
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • ½ cup diced green onion

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Spray a 9"x 13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Dice the potatoes into 1-inch cubes.
  • In a large bowl mix together the diced potatoes, salt & pepper and 1/4 cup ranch dressing.
  • Pour the potatoes into prepared baking dish and spread out evenly (save that bowl, we're going to use it again for the chicken.)
  • Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until almost thoroughly cooked (they won’t be fork tender quite yet.).
  • While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl you used for the potatoes and add salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup ranch dressing (see my notes below about additional seasoning ideas).
  • Once the potatoes have cooked 30 minutes, remove baking dish from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400F degrees.
  • Top the cooked potatoes evenly with the raw marinated chicken.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil (Warning: Baking dish will be VERY hot so use oven mitts to do this.)
  • Place baking dish back in the oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes (or until chicken is fully cooked and has reached 165F degrees internal temperature).
  • Take baking dish out of the oven and top with shredded cheese, bacon and green onion.
  • Place back in oven for 8-10 minutes (or until cheese is melted and bubbly).

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Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored in a covered container, in the refrigerator, for 2 days. It can also be frozen in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Allow to come to room temperature, then microwave to reheat.
  • Chicken thighs can be used instead of chicken breasts.
  • Don’t forget to also season the chicken and the potatoes with salt and pepper. In addition, try adding some garlic powder and/or paprika to your seasonings.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 38g | Sodium: 982mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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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Originally published: February 2016
Updated and republished: December 2021

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121 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We enjoyed this a lot and will definitely make it again. It was yummy, very hearty, easy to pull together and made a lovely presentation. A nice change of pace from our usual. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. Will definitely make it again and again. Very tasty, and filling. Made with simple ingredients that I had on hand. Made a tiny change as suggested by someone else and sprinkled the potatoes with garlic powder along with the salt and pepper.

  3. So do you just use dry ranch seasoning or make the dressing. I’m confused, because sometimes it says dressing and the it says seasoning.

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! My husband raved about this recipe! The only change I made was sprinkling the potatoes with garlic powder and we used cheddar jack cheese. Definitely will be a regular dinner in our house, thank you for a great recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This was a delicious dinner! Huge hit with my parents!! Just wondering if the nutritional information is based on the entire casserole, or one serving?

  6. 5 stars
    Love it. Easy recipe that feeds a lot of people and tastes very good. My whole family enjoyed it and have made it several times for them.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this for supper tonight and it was so good. Everyone in the family loved it. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  8. Would this recipe work without the chicken? I like to make it for a bbq I’m attenfing, but bc of all the other bbq meats I don’t want to make it with chicken..

  9. 5 stars
    We’ve made this 4 times now since finding this recipe. It has become one of my fiancee and mines favorites! We do half potatoes and half cauliflower to make it a little healthier. We’ve also added broccoli and asparagus to it just to add more veggies. Turns out great every time!

  10. We are empty nesters and I don’t make big casseroles anymore. Would it be possible to half the recipe?

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made this for my husband and myself three or four times now and we both love it! I really appreciate that all the measurements noted in this recipe are actually correct; that is, I actually get the result I’m hoping for! I usually throw a little garlic powder and rosemary in with the ranch/salt/pepper mix, but the recipe is great as-is, too. Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  12. I made this tonight for dinner. The flavor was great, but there was A LOT of liquid in the bottom of the casserole dish. Is this normal? I followed recipe to a “T”… Maybe just ranch (powdered) seasoning next time?

    1. Hi Stacie! Glad you enjoyed the flavor of this one. Sometimes it’s the chicken or the brand of ranch dressing. So you are correct, you could absolutely just use the pack of ranch seasoning if the liquid on the bottom bugs ya too much. 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I made this for supper today and it was very good. My son and husband liked it too!!! Thanks for all the Delicious recipes you post. I have tried many and all was a hit at my house.

  14. 5 stars
    This is so delicious and comforting on a cold day. I add broccoli and it tastes just like a loaded baked potato.