This Ranch Chicken & Potato Casserole is comfort food at its finest. It’s a simple one-pan dinner that is sure to please everyone without anyone slaving over the stove.
About this Casserole 🍲
As the name implies, this dish has chicken, & potatoes. However, It also has broccoli and bacon. The chicken, potatoes, broccoli, and bacon all get tossed in creamy ranch dressing, topped with lots of cheese, and baked. It’s all the good things in one dish.
What Exactly is a Casserole?
A casserole is both the name of the cooking dish and also of the food which is baked in it. Casseroles are typically an assembly of ingredients, all baked in one dish. This style of cooking goes back to the turn of the 1900s but became popular in the 1940s when Campbell’s began promoting the use of their canned soups in casserole recipes. Read about the rise and fall of the casserole here: Casseroles
What Type of Potatoes Should I Use? 🥔
For this recipe, I used regular russet potatoes, but any potato variety will work perfectly. Try little mini creamer potatoes, Yukon gold, or red potatoes. However, the cooking time may vary depending on the potato variety, so keep that in mind.
Do I need to peel the potatoes?
Whether or not to peel the potatoes is a matter of personal preference. I personally prefer not to peel them, because I love the taste & texture of baked potato skins. The skins are also the most nutritious part of the spud. If you decide to peel the potatoes, this recipe will still be delicious.
What Chicken Pieces Should I Use? 🍗
I am using boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, too. I chose to use chicken breasts because it’s a leaner option in an already not so skinny recipe.
Can I Use Leftover, Cooked Chicken in This Recipe?
Absolutely you can make this casserole with cooked, leftover chicken, precooked chicken, or rotisserie chicken. Just toss the cooked chicken in the ranch dressing, and top the vegetables with it before topping with the cheese.
Other Shortcuts to Make This Recipe Even Easier
- Frozen broccoli is already blanched, so it really just needs to heat up and can be added to the dish just before topping with the cheese.
- You can use store-bought real bacon bits in place of the bacon.
- You can use pre-cooked potatoes or leftover potatoes.
- Use packaged pre-shredded cheese instead of grating it yourself
- Parboiling the potatoes will cut down on oven time
Can I Freeze Leftovers?
If you end up with leftovers, you can freeze them. Allow them to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. To reheat, cook from frozen in a hot oven (400°). Using a sheet pan for this will heat the frozen leftovers more quickly, without overcooking them.
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Ranch Chicken & Potato Casserole
- 4 medium potatoes scrubbed and diced into 1" pieces
- 6 slices thick bacon chopped
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced into 1" pieces
- 3 scallions chopped, white and green parts
- 1 cup frozen broccoli florets defrosted
- 2 cups cheddar cheese grated
- Preheat oven to 425° Spray a 12" oven-safe skillet or a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray
- In a bowl, toss potatoes and bacon with 1/4 of the ranch dressing
- Transfer potatoes and bacon, using a slotted spoon, to the prepared baking dish, reserving the bowl with the ranch dressing
- Bake potatoes for 35 - 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
- Add the chicken to the bowl with the ranch dressing, stirring to coat the pieces. Cover the bowl, refrigerate, and allow the chicken to marinate while the potatoes are cooking
- Remove potatoes from the oven and turn the oven temperature to 400°
- Add chicken to the baking pan, as well as the white parts of the chopped scallions. cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender and chicken is cooked through
- Turn oven off, and turn the broiler on high
- Remove the baking dish from the oven, remove the foil cover, and stir in broccoli, and the remaining ranch dressing.
- Top the whole dish with grated cheddar cheese
- Broil until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes
- Garnish with the green parts of the chopped scallions, and serve hot