Id say I made this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole in honor of casserole season, but that qualification doesnt do it justice.
When a dinner is this easy and healthy, when it hits every food group in a single Pyrex, when it includes the most crowd-pleasing trifecta of flavors, perhaps ever (what is more universally accepted as delicious than chicken, bacon, and ranch?), well. This casserole recipe is for more than just a season.
This recipe is a spin on one of my most tried-and-true healthy casserole recipes, my Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. Its a long-time, 5-star reader favorite because its deliciously approved by both adults and toddlers, takes less than 30 minutes to prep, and is made of real, simple ingredients.
Like the recipe that inspired it, this chicken bacon ranch casserole with rice hardly needs a side, because its an all-in-one meal on its own. You have green veggies (enter, broccoli!), whole grains (hello, brown rice), plus lean protein (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts; chicken thighs work nicely too).
This recipes twist: BACON RANCH.
I doctored up the classic broccoli cheddar combo with a blend of ranch spices, extra creamy, melty Mozzarella cheese, and a happy shower of crispy bacon. (more)