Ranch Chicken & Potatoes Casserole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 24, 2014

This recipe is part of the latest 21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco Plan.

Ranch Chicken & Potatoes Cover

Chicken + Potatoes + Cheese + Bacon…it’s the perfect ‘quad-fecta’…because trifecta doesn’t work here. Top with some green onions and/or sour cream and you’re in baked potato heaven. Except these are baked potatoes.

This is yet another really simple ‘load and roast’ dish that comes together easily, and makes for a great filling weeknight dinner…as long as you get it in the oven in time to cook for an hour. :)

It looks like this…

Add the chicken pieces, potatoes and spices together in the baking dish.

Toss with the seasonings.

Roast about 45 minutes.

Cook the bacon, separately.

Add the cheese over top and cook a few more minutes.

Then top with the bacon. And other favorite toppings like green onions, chives, sour cream, etc.

ENJOY!

(Note: The recipe is written for 2 pans, as I made this for a crowd…so either half it all, or enjoy them as leftovers!)

(Note #2: Yes, I’m lazy and didn’t peel my potatoes. Peeling is optional!)

Related: Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Ranch Chicken & Potatoes

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Ranch Chicken & Potatoes Casserole

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • about 6 lbs potatoes, 3 lbs in each, quartered
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dill
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder or minced onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, depending on how cheesy you want them
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Optional toppings – green onions, chives, sour cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease 2 9×13 inch glass baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray.
  • To the baking dishes, toss together the quartered potatoes and chicken bits with the parsley, basil, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are softened.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon slices, let them cool slightly and then run a knife or pizza wheel through them to crumble them.
  • Add the cheese to the roasted chicken and potatoes and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  • Once cooked, top with the crumbled bacon and other optional toppings.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tamara C. March 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Mmm, some mushrooms and broccoli would be good in this mix too.

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melissa March 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

We had this for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit with everyone, husband all the way down to the baby! Thank you for this quick, easy and delicious recipe!

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Meghan March 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Oh I am so making this!

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Autumn March 31, 2014 at 5:14 am

This look really good. I think I’m going to be making this for dinner tonight :)

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Carrie March 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

Um, so there isn’t actual RANCH like dressing in this? Or did I completely miss it? In the picture it looks like ranch but is that sour cream?

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Jocelyn April 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

When roasting, do I.cover with foil?

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Judy Wathen April 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Just above the recipe, there is a link for homemade ranch dressing. Looks like she drizzled it over the top.

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Maggie May 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

Pretty sure the ranch is from the spice mix and not actual ranch. But you put some ranch or sour cream on top when it’s done.

I definitely agree about adding broccoli and mushrooms.

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Jenn May 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I’m going to try this in the crock pot one day, too. It’s summer in Southern California, I don’t want my oven on most days, but this looks delicious.

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georgena May 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

This looks like a good one for separate foil pouches on the grill forthe hot summer time!

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vicky July 4, 2014 at 12:33 am

the spices called for in this recipe are the same spices in ranch dressing. Even though there is no ranch dressing over this dish (and would probably be pretty tasty with it if someone chose to do that…) it is seasoned with a dry ‘ranch’ mix and topping it with sour cream certainly pulls that off.

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Melonie November 19, 2014 at 10:32 am

I think you forgot to add the ranch. I would add some broccoli to the recipe and when I add the cut chicken and potatoes I would add the broccoli and some ranch. I think the ranch should go in at that time.

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