Chicken Ranch Casserole Recipe

Usually I don’t post recipes, but occasionally my kitchen adventures end in triumph. This is one of those times.

I have a tiny refrigerator that isn’t terribly good at the whole “keeping food cold” thing. Food lasts approximately 4 days, and then I usually have to chuck it. (By “chuck” I mean “compost,” which is great for the Earth but not so great for my stomach.) Anyway. I had about 3/4 of a rotisserie chicken, spinach, milk, and some ranch dressing, and had to find a way to use them ASAP. I decided to bake a casserole for a get-together, not quite knowing how it would turn out.


It was delightful.

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N.B., I’m notoriously inexact when it comes to measuring things in the kitchen, so all measurements are estimates. Feel free to tweak to your needs.

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Sauce (yields ~1.5 cups)

What You Need:

3/4 cup milk
3-4 tbsp. melted (and slightly cooled) butter
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 tbsp. flour
salt and pepper to taste

Note: You may substitute the milk/butter mixture with 1 cup heavy cream. Heavy cream will yield a richer dish, whereas if you’re looking for a lighter end product you will have more flexibility with the milk/butter.

What to Do: 

1. Melt butter in a saucepan, let cool for a couple of minutes.
2. Add milk, whisk until well-combined.
3. Put the mixture over medium heat, and add the ranch dressing.
4. Whisk until ingredients are combined.
5. Whisking constantly, add the flour a bit at a time. Keep whisking until sauce thickens.
6. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste. Set to one side.
7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Pasta and Chicken

What You Need: 

Pasta (any kind will do; I’m a fan of macaroni or penne myself, simply because it’s easier to consume in a casserole form.)
Rotisserie chicken
Pasta-to-Chicken ratio = 1.5 : 1

What to Do:

1. While you’re preparing the sauce, cook and drain the pasta. Pour it into an oven-safe dish.
2. Cube or shred the chicken and add to the dish.
3. Add some spinach/broccoli/peas whichever green things you prefer.
4. Add the sauce.
5. Mix all ingredients together.
6. Add salt/pepper to taste.
7. You may also top the entire thing with bacon and/or bread crumbs to add some more crunch.
8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.



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