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Spicy Bacon Chicken Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Spicy Bacon Chicken Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

This Spicy Bacon Chicken Ranch Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect comfort food meal for game day! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 12 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb chicken breasts cooked and cubed
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 can cream of cheddar cheese soup
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
  • 4 tbsp TABASCO┬« sauce
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp ranch dressing
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook elbow macaroni 2 minutes shy of box instructions.

  2. While pasta cooks, heat butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted, add flour and whisk. Let cook 1 minute. Add milk and whisk well. Let cook 5-6 minutes, or until simmering and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the packet of ranch and stir well. Add cheese soup and stir.

  3. Remove from heat and add the shredded cheese. Whisk until melted. Taste and add seasonings as desired.

  4. Put your cubed chicken in a mixing bowl. Add 4 tbsp. TABASCO® and 4 tbsp. ranch dressing. Stir to coat.

  5. Add chicken, crumbled bacon, and cheese sauce to pasta. Stir well. Add to a 8 by 11 casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 18 minutes.

  6. Serve drizzled with more ranch and hot sauce.