Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bacon, Ranch and Chicken Mac N Cheese

When Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING contacted me about participating in her Crazy Cooking Challenge I knew this was something I was interested in.  Not only did it require finding a new recipe in blogland that I haven't tried but it also involved making Mac N Cheese.  I am fully on board with anything that requires cheese.

I looked at several blogs until I finally came upon this Bacon, Ranch and Chicken Mac N Cheese recipe on Cooking Claire.  Not only did the ingredients sound yummy but the picture had me drooling.  I am so glad I tried this recipe.  It is now a favorite in our house.
8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1 slice applewood-smoked bacon
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1/3 cup condensed 45% reduced-sodium 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded six-cheese Italian blend (such as Sargento)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded colby-Jack cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Finely chop bacon; set aside.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken to drippings in pan; sauté 6 minutes or until done. 
 Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; sprinkle flour evenly into pan. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Combine milk and soup, stirring with a whisk; gradually add milk mixture to saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until sauce cools to 155°.

Add Italian cheese blend, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, and salt, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in pasta and chicken.

Preheat broiler.
Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon and colby-Jack cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts.



The Daily Smash said...

Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy :) I think I might make this for dinner lol Check out my food blog

Sabrina @ loulousucre said...

Your mac and cheese recipe looks great!! I love anything with ranch!!! Stopping by from CCC.

Lisa~~ said...

Sounds delicious with the bacon and chicken.

My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

Cook Lisa Cook

Julie said...

I love bacon in mac-n-cheese and can't wait to try your version. Check out mine, it's the mini mac-n-cheese pies!

The Farm Girl

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I love how it combines applewood bacon, yummy! :)

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

I love the Ranch mac -- with the fresh dill... I bet that just makes this dish pop! YUM

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Oh yea, love this one for sure! My hubby would be all over it too! Great recipe! Thanks.
Come see mine at

BigBearswife said...

Bacon Ranch and Chicken with mac and cheese??? ahh hand some over this way!


This is like an entire meal! I will be trying it very soon!

Thanks for joining us for the first month of CCC, stop by and check out my Mac & Cheese Bites!

Sarah E. said...

That sounds amazing :)

Stopping by from CCC - #17

Jimmy said...

Mmm, tastiness on a plate! :) This goes on my to-do list, thank you!

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