Casseroles, a Family Favorite

My family is a huge fan of casserole.  I love them because they can be made up ahead of time and even some can be frozen for a quick meal.  We often reminisce about grandmas cooking and the different casseroles we have shared.

Here is one of our favorite casserole.  Made with chicken and bacon. WHAT? BACON!! who doesn’t love the taste combo of that.  This creamy ranch flavored pasta with chicken and bacon is sure to be a hit with your family too!


Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Yield: 4 servings *Prep Time: 15 minutes * Cook Time: 30 minutes

4 slices bacon, diced
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning or more to taste
8 ounces rotini
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
How to make alfredo sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream, or more, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
To make the alfredo sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in heavy cream. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil and Ranch Seasoning, shaking to coat thoroughly. Add chicken to the skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes on each side; set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and layer with chicken and alfredo sauce; sprinkle with cheeses and bacon. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole


Family Values and Nothing Wasted

Hi there! First off, if you’ve come looking for chocolate covered chicken nuggets, I’m afraid you’re gonna be a little disappointed. We’ve named our shop after one of our beloved Buff Orpington chickens. That’s right! She’s the prettiest little brown chicken, sweet as pie, and a fine egg layer. Don’t you worry, though, you’re still in the right place. I’m sure you’ll find something around here that you’ll like even more than a chocolate chicken nugget. (You know chickens don’t have actual nuggets, right?)

I grew up in a small mountain rancher’s community in Colorado where I learned how to use the resources around me, not waste anything, and work hard. It taught me so much more than just how to preserve and prepare everything under the sun, but also how to appreciate the little things, and not take a single moment for granted.

Now that I’m a grown woman with a family of my own, I’m passing down all those principles to the next generation. Work hard. Be kind. Say please and thank you. Everything you’d expect from a good, God-fearing family. So Etsy is a fine way for me to use a resource for the better good of my home. I started making soaps as a hobby and soon enough the house was full of it. I was giving it away to everyone and their cousin. And then my husband and I realized that if I could sell eggs from my chickens, I could sell soap from my cupboard. No need to give it all away, though I still do to the folks I love.

Nowadays, I’m working on on my new line of Hemp Salves, my husband and my son are involved in the business, too. My husband, known as “Dan the Man” makes all my soap molds, and my son helps me package and ship. In fact, it was my boy that recommended we call ourselves The Chocolate Chicken. We’ve even got the name trademarked. We’re definitely a family business, built on cooperation, love, and yes, chickens. So, have a look around, and help yourself to a handful of good old country homemade, waste-not-want-not, special made soap and shampoo products, made with commitment to quality over quantity and an abundance of love.

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