Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake: A Hearty Delight for the Whole Family!

If you’re looking for a delicious and satisfying meal that will feed a crowd or provide plenty of leftovers for lunch throughout the week, look no further than our Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake! This hearty main dish is baked in one pan, loaded with crispy bacon, juicy chunks of ranch-flavored chicken breast, and roasted potatoes that are simply irresistible.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake

The Perfect Recipe for Leftovers

We understand the challenge of finding meal prep recipes that cater to larger families. That’s why we’ve crafted this recipe to yield eight hearty servings, perfect for a hungry family of six with a few servings left over for lunch the next day. Even if you’re not part of a big family, you’ll still have plenty of leftovers to enjoy throughout the week. It’s a win-win situation!

A Comforting Combination of Flavors

The ingredients in our Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake come together to create the ultimate comfort food. The star of the show is the russet potatoes, roasted to perfection in the oven before being combined with the savory goodness of bacon, ranch seasoning, and tender chicken breast.

To add a hint of heat, a touch of hot sauce is used, which gives the dish a subtle background flavor without overwhelming the taste buds. You can use your favorite hot sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot or Chipotle Tabasco, to infuse just the right amount of spiciness.

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The Magic Ingredients

Here’s a rundown of the key ingredients you’ll need:

  • Russet potatoes: The main bulk of the recipe, these potatoes are roasted in the oven to perfection.
  • Avocado oil: Helps to achieve that golden, crispy texture and evenly distribute the seasonings.
  • Hot sauce: Adds a subtle heat that enhances the overall flavor.
  • Garlic powder: A must-have for seasoning the potatoes and chicken.
  • Ranch seasoning packet: The secret ingredient that brings that classic ranch flavor to life.
  • Salt and black pepper: Use fresh ground black pepper for the best taste and fine sea salt to keep the salt content in check.
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: Cut into bite-sized chunks for faster cooking.
  • Bacon bits: You can use store-bought or homemade bacon bits, whichever you prefer.
  • Cheddar cheese: The perfect complement to the bacon and chicken.

Ingredients for Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake

Equipment Needed

To make this dish, you’ll need a deep 9×13 casserole dish. It’s important to use a dish of this size to ensure everything fits perfectly and cooks evenly. We recommend using a glass or ceramic dish that can withstand the heat of the oven, especially if you plan to broil the dish for a stronger finish.

Preparing the Dish

To start, preheat your oven to 425F degrees. Cut the russet potatoes into bite-sized pieces, approximately 1 inch in size. In a large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes with avocado oil, hot sauce, ranch powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Make sure all the potatoes are evenly coated with the seasonings.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the seasoned potatoes to the casserole dish and roast them in the preheated oven for a total of 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.

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While the potatoes are roasting, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks and toss them in the same mixing bowl used for the potatoes. Add the remaining ranch seasoning from the packet and stir well. No need to add additional oil or salt and pepper since the potatoes have already been seasoned.

Step by Step Assembly of Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake

Once the potatoes are tender and slightly cooked, distribute a layer of bacon bits and half a cup of cheddar cheese on top. Then, add all the marinated chicken, trying to create a single layer as much as possible. Finish it off with the remaining bacon bits and cheese. Bake the dish at 425F degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is perfectly melted.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake Fresh from the Oven

The Perfect Topping Ideas

To take this dish to the next level, consider adding some tasty toppings such as green onions, sour cream, a drizzle of ranch or buffalo sauce, and even more cheese!

A Bacon Chat

When it comes to bacon bits, you have two options: store-bought or homemade. While store-bought bacon bits are quick and convenient, making your own allows you to use the highest quality bacon available. We recommend ButcherBox bacon for its superior taste and quality. It’s completely sugar-free, organic, and sourced from sustainably and humanely raised animals.

To make your own bacon bits, simply cut a full package of bacon into small pieces, fry them in a Dutch oven until crispy, and drain them on a paper towel-lined bowl. The homemade bits may be slightly larger than store-bought ones, but the taste will be just as delicious.

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A spoonful of Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake

Storage and Freezing

To store the Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will stay fresh for up to 4 days. As for freezing, cooked potatoes freeze better than raw ones, so we believe this dish can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month, although we haven’t tested it ourselves.

Get ready to enjoy a scrumptious and satisfying meal with our Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Bake. It’s a true crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone asking for seconds. For more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.