Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Prep once, feed the family twice when you double this mac and freeze half. I created it for people I love most, using ingredients they love best. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 586 calories, 37g fat (15g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 889mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheeses until blended. Stir in dressing.
  3. Add chicken and sauce to macaroni, tossing to combine. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  4. Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over macaroni. Top with bacon. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley.
    Freeze option: Prepare recipe as directed, increasing milk to 1-1/3 cups. Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casserole with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; continue baking as directed or until heated through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese in Simple & Delicious October/November 2015

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 263820
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2017

"Hi Cedarvalley6452,

The last ingredient before the Topping list is 1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken.
Hope that helps!
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

Cedarvalley6452 User ID: 8893758 263806
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2017

"it calls for chicken but is not in the recipe, ?"

menkens User ID: 5877182 260232
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"I made this for meals-on-wheels and the reason for only 3 stars is that there is no way this recipe, as written, makes 8 "good sized" portions -- but I did substitute small tri-colored spiral pasta for the elbow. I used 5 cups of raw pasta, 4 cups of chicken and 2 cups of milk. Also, substituted crushed Ritz crackers for the bread crumbs. I used the measurements for cheese sauce as written using an Italian blend instead of Swiss because that is what I had. The next time I make this I will probably make more sauce but it was well received and my husband and I liked it as well!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 257823
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"This was pretty good. I used creamy garlic dressing instead of ranch, since my husband doesn't care for ranch dressing. And, I didn't have any cheddar in the house, so I used other cheese instead. My husband missed the cheddar, so I'll have to use that next time and see how it goes, or Velvetta, and will do a 1/2 creamy garlic and 1/2 ranch dressing next time."

Alana.Doss User ID: 8314694 257541
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"Made as is. I think I would add more milk next time like another reviewer and leave out the bread crumbs. I might use panko, or just leave off. Otherwise, my husband who does not like mac and cheese, really enjoyed this."

leeart User ID: 2566328 256213
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2016

"Good Mac and cheese, however, the Ranch salad dressing flavor took over and I missed the cheese flavor. I did take the recommendation to add more milk which is a good idea. Hubby said this is the best Mac and cheese he ever had. Sorry, not me."

stampinjo User ID: 853062 255559
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2016

"This is very tasty! I did add 1 1/3 cups milk, 2 cups chicken, and used a sleeve of butter crackers instead of bread crumbs. Love how the ranch mellows while baking and the flavors blend. We will definitely make this again as this was enjoyed by all!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 240408
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Loved the taste of this, but mine did come out a little dry. I probably should have added a little more milk like another reviewer did."

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 239992
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"I had my doubts about adding ranch dressing to mac and cheese, but it was very good! No doubts now... I'll be making this again. It even heats up well the next day (if you have leftovers)."

curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 237891
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Yum! Ranch dressing is delicious inside of macaroni and cheese...who knew? All three of my kids (6, 3, and 1) wolfed this down."

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