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It may seem a little out of season to post a chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe, but hear me out. There’s actually only a week left of August! (Can you believe that? This summer has totally flown by.)
When it comes to food, it doesn’t get any better than late summer. A disproportionate amount of fresh produce is at its peak around this time. I’m certainly loving my zucchini fries and eggplant lasagna at this time of year.
But, fall is just around the corner! I’ve actually been looking forward to it more and more each year as I get older. (Do I sound like a grandma right now? I’m only in my early 30’s. Ha.)
There’s something special about the crisp weather after a hot summer, beautiful changing leaves painting the ground beneath your feet, and of course, everything pumpkin. We’ll be making pumpkin pie before we know it!
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In my world, fall also means quick low carb meals and comfort food recipes. Especially low carb casseroles, like roasted brussels sprouts casserole, loaded cauliflower casserole, or my latest, cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole.
Easy Casserole Recipes Make Quick Low Carb Meals
Most of the time, August would seem a little early to start talking about comforting keto casserole recipes. But, I’ve been fighting off a cold for about a week now, and it has been raining a lot. I hope this doesn’t mean that summer is already totally over!
In any case, a cheesy low carb casserole was definitely in order this week. Comforting quick low carb meals like that always make me feel better when I’m sick with a cold.
These bacon wrapped chicken tenders are on my list, too.
I actually created an entire collection of easy low carb meals for me to refer to when I want to keep it simple. Go take a peek if that’s your thing, too!
Of course, low carb casserole recipes are one of the best easy keto dinners. You can throw them together in advance or make them last minute. The prep time is typically minimal, especially if you have some basic staples in your fridge already.
Besides, the ability to customize a basic low carb chicken casserole recipe for various ingredients you might have is a huge advantage. That’s why I have two ways to make this one, and I’ll go over that below.
Either way, the basis of this easy casserole recipe stays the same. There’s no arguing that chicken, bacon and ranch make an amazing, comforting low carb dinner!
The Best Chicken Bacon Ranch Recipe for Bacon Month
Speaking of comfort foods, this is my last bacon recipe for Bacon Month.
If you’re not sure what that is, I teamed up with an amazing crew of other bloggers to share four easy bacon recipes this month! If you missed the others, check out the zucchini noodle salad with bacon, Caprese salad skewers with bacon, and 7-layer salad recipe from the past few weeks.
My other bacon recipes this month all made fabulous low carb side dishes. I wanted to end Bacon Month with something you guys ask for a lot – a quick and easy low carb dinner recipe!
And, chicken bacon ranch casserole totally fits the bill. It’s simple, uses common ingredients, and maybe most importantly, chicken bacon recipes make some of the best dinners ever. (Who doesn’t love bacon wrapped chicken tenders?!)
All-in-one dinners that you can throw together with just a few ingredients are the best. (I know you get it!)
Ingredients for Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
The common, simple ingredients are the best part of this low carb casserole. I often have them on hand, and I’ll bet you do too.
Here is what you’ll need for virtually any chicken bacon ranch recipe:
- Chicken breast – either cubed baked chicken breast or shredded chicken
- Bacon – cooked until crispy, either on the stove or in the oven
- Garlic – minced
- Ranch dressing
- Vegetables – fresh or frozen
- Shredded cheese
Clearly, there are some options for variations. You can make your easy casserole the way you want it!
Let’s start with the ranch. I was excited to share another use for homemade low carb keto ranch dressing, so that’s what I used. You can either use that or just buy one you like. Making your own only takes a few minutes, so try it if you can!
If you prefer store bought ranch, you’ll love this one. It’s delicious and made with natural ingredients. If possible, choose a dressing that’s on the thicker side for best results.
Whether you make your own or not, the ranch dressing makes this bacon ranch chicken casserole that much more… comforting. There’s something so perfect about a creamy, tangy ranch dressing combined with chicken, smoky bacon and gooey cheese.
You get to choose the cheese you like in your easy low carb casserole. I had cheddar and mozzarella around, as always.
Feel free to use some fancy sharp cheeses if you like those! I’m sure they would be delicious. But, cheddar and mozzarella are reliable options for the most family-friendly version.
Vegetable Options for a Chicken Bacon Ranch Bake
I originally made this chicken bacon ranch casserole using frozen spinach. For the most part people have been happy with it, but I know some people don’t like spinach as much as I do.
So, I wanted to give you some options for making your easy casserole using vegetables you like. Make it yours!
The most common variation I heard people making was a low carb chicken casserole with broccoli. I updated the recipe card with a 2nd version to show you how to make chicken bacon ranch casserole with broccoli too.
If neither of these is your thing, feel free to swap in other veggies. Cauliflower would also be delicious! Or, mix it up with a medley of veggies.
Either way, just cook and drain the veggies first, before adding them to your chicken bacon casserole mixture.
How To Make the Best Low Carb Chicken Casserole
So what makes this one of the best low carb chicken meals? The preparation is seriously the easiest thing ever. You cannot get it wrong.
If you have the chicken and bacon pre-cooked, and ranch dressing pre-made, then the prep time for this low carb chicken casserole literally takes just five minutes.
You can even save more time by using rotisserie chicken, pre-cooked bacon bits, and store bought ranch dressing.
To begin, cook your broccoli or other veggies. If you’re using frozen spinach, you don’t even have to do that – just drain it.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, reserving half of the shredded cheeses. Transfer your easy casserole mixture to a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.
Baking time takes only about 15 minutes, just until the chicken bacon casserole is hot and bubbly. Viola! This will be one of your favorite low carb meals for a busy weeknight.
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Video Showing How To Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole with Spinach:
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This video shows how to make chicken bacon ranch casserole with spinach. You can see the version with broccoli on the recipe card further down.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe (Quick & Easy) - 2 Ways
A low carb, cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe that the whole family will love. Quick and easy with just 7 common ingredients, 5 minutes prep, and options for 2 ways to make it.
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Main Ingredients for Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
- 2 lb Chicken breast (cooked, cubed or shredded)
- 8 slices Bacon (cooked, chopped)
- 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 3/4 cup Ranch dressing
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded, divided)
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded, divided)
Version 1 with Spinach
- 1 lb Frozen spinach (thawed, squeezed to drain well)
Version 2 with Broccoli
- 4 cup Broccoli (cut into florets)
More TIPS about this recipe in the post above!
VIDEO + NUTRITION INFO + RECIPE NOTES below!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C).
If using frozen spinach, thaw and squeeze to drain first. If using broccoli, place it into a pot of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes until bright green.
Combine the chicken, bacon, drained spinach or broccoli, garlic, ranch dressing, and half of the shredded cheeses in a large bowl. Stir until well incorporated. Transfer to a 9x13 in (23x33 cm) glass or stoneware casserole dish. (Alternatively, you can mix everything directly in the casserole dish.)
- Top with remaining shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Nutrition info is based on this homemade ranch dressing, and version 1 with spinach. Version 2 with broccoli has similar nutrition info, but slightly different due to the broccoli.
Serving size: 1 cup
Video Showing How To Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole with Broccoli:
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This video shows how to make chicken bacon ranch casserole with broccoli. You can see the version with spinach above.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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