Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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This Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is here to upgrade your weeknight dinner game in the most delicious way possible.

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When a dinner is this easy and healthy.

When it hits every food group in a single Pyrex.

When it includes the most crowd-pleasing trifecta of flavors, perhaps ever (what is more universally accepted as delicious than chicken, bacon, and ranch?), well...

Said casserole recipe is destined become a staple in your dinner rotation.

This recipe is a spin on one of my most tried-and-true healthy casserole recipes, my Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. It’s a long-time, 5-star reader favorite because it’s deliciously approved by both adults and toddlers, takes less than 30 minutes to prep, and is made of real, simple ingredients.

Like the recipe that inspired it, this chicken bacon ranch casserole hardly needs a side, because it’s an all-in-one meal on its own.

You have green veggies (enter, broccoli!), whole grains (hello, brown rice), plus lean protein (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts; chicken thighs work nicely too).

Today’s recipe twist: BACON RANCH.

I doctored up the classic broccoli cheddar combo with a blend of ranch spices, extra creamy, melty Mozzarella cheese, and a happy shower of crispy bacon (if this flavor combo sounds enticing, don’t miss my Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries too).

A dish of chicken bacon ranch casserole with rice and melted cheese

5 Star Review

“If I could give it more stars I would! This was delicious! Thank you for making family-friendly recipes that have an extra health kick. I will be making this regularly!! ”

— Catherine —

How to Make Healthy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Despite the indulgent impression, this casserole is still slimmed down.

Unlike many recipes you’ll find online, this is a chicken bacon ranch casserole without Alfredo or premade ranch dressing.

It uses real ingredients like Greek yogurt, sharp cheddar, and pantry spices to create a hearty, cheesy, comforting dinner you can feel good about eating on repeat.

The Ingredients

  • Chicken. The mildness of chicken lets the bacon and ranch flavors shine in this recipe, and it adds healthy protein. Both chicken breasts or chicken thighs would be tasty here.
  • Instant Brown Rice. This quick-cooking whole grain makes the chicken bacon ranch casserole fast, healthy, and filling. Do not use any other kind of rice or the recipe proportions and baking time will not be accurate.
  • Chicken Broth. Cooking the rice in chicken broth instead of water enhances the flavor of the dish. I recommend using low-sodium chicken broth to make sure the final casserole isn’t too salty.
  • Broccoli. Adds a serving of vegetables to make this a true all-in-one meal. The taste of broccoli goes naturally with the bacon too. Plus, broccoli offers fiber and vitamins.

Recipe Tip

Want to add extra veggies? Take a note from this Broccoli Rice Casserole and add diced carrots. Or, try this as a chicken bacon ranch casserole with potatoes for something extra filling.

  • Bacon. Guaranteed to please!
  • Spices. The secret to the ranch flavor. I used a combination of garlic powder, salt, onion powder, dill weed, pepper, and cayenne. No premade dressing required here; the best flavor is from scratch.
  • Flour + Milk. To help thicken and bind all the ingredients together. You can use any milk you have on hand.
  • Greek Yogurt. Instead of making this a chicken bacon ranch casserole with cream cheese, I used Greek yogurt. Adding Greek yogurt gives it a boost of protein and creaminess, without adding any extra fat and keeping the chicken bacon ranch calories low.
  • Cheese. For the deliciously cheesy topping and ooey-gooey casserole factor. I used a mixture of Mozzarella and sharp cheddar.

The Directions

  1. Cook the rice and broccoli together in the chicken broth.
  2. Cook the bacon and set aside. Saute the chicken in a few of the ranch spices, then remove it to a plate.
  3. Whisk together the flour and milk to make the creamy sauce. Add the yogurt and part of the cheeses.
  4. Stir all of the casserole ingredients together. Place the mixture into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F, then remove it and sprinkle with bacon. Bake 5 to 10 more minutes. Let stand a few minutes, then DIG IN!

Dietary Note

  • Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole. Steam the broccoli florets separately. Instead of a rice chicken bacon ranch casserole, stir 4 cups uncooked cauliflower rice into the cream sauce.
  • Gluten Free Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole. Swap the all-purpose flour for the same amount of gluten free 1:1 baking flour.
Healthy chicken bacon ranch casserole with rice, broccoli, and cheese

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate chicken bacon ranch casserole in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. You can rewarm this casserole in the oven at 375 degrees F until hot in the center or microwave gently until heated through.
  • To Freeze. Freeze individual portions or large quantities of the casserole in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Easy chicken bacon ranch casserole made with rice, broccoli, and cheese

Meal Plan Tip

Prepare the recipe up until the point of baking, then cover and refrigerate it for up to 1 day. When ready to bake, let the casserole come to room temperature, then bake as directed.

What to Serve with Chicken Bacon Ranch Bake

We love serving this chicken bacon ranch casserole with biscuits, extra veggies, or applesauce.