Ranch Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 package (about 3 tablespoons) dry ranch seasoning

Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 ounces (2 cups uncooked) elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Ranch Chicken

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken and ranch seasoning. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken in batches. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side (or until golden brown and internal temperature is 165°F). Remove from heat and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Wipe out the skillet to use for the macaroni and cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese

  • In the skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes (or until the mixture turns light brown).
  • Remove from heat and gradually pour in the warm milk, whisking constantly.
  • Return the pan to the heat and whisk another 3-5 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Add the salt, garlic powder, and ranch seasoning. Stir to combine and remove from heat.
  • Add the cheeses, stirring to melt.
  • Pour the cooked noodles over the top of the sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and top with the chicken, bacon, and chopped parsley.


PRO TIP: I prefer to NOT mix the chicken & bacon into the macaroni and cheese. (Just pile on top!)
I tested this recipe several times by adding all ingredients together and found that it wasn’t as flavorful when combined; the cheesy macaroni drowns out that fabulous ranch chicken. I highly recommend serving as shown and allowing the family to mix ingredients in their bowl should they prefer that method.

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