Ranch and Bacon Chicken with Penne Pasta


This bacon and ranch chicken pasta is so very good! I came up with this one night when I had all this chicken to cook. Hope you enjoy this as much as our clan did!

Ranch and bacon chicken with penne-pasta in crock pot
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 5 cups chicken broth

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch®)

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 (8 ounce) package bacon

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, or more to taste


  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. Coat with kosher salt, seasoned salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, and thyme. Pour chicken broth in and around the chicken. Cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours.

  2. Shred chicken and place back into the broth. Add cream cheese and stir well to dissolve. Stir in ranch dressing. Add pasta and milk. Stir, place lid back on, and cook on High for 30 minutes.

  3. In the meantime, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels.

  4. Mix Cheddar cheese into pasta; crumble in bacon and stir to combine. Cook until cheese is melted and pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

658 Calories
29g Fat
47g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 658
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 2240mg 97%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 297mg 23%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 542mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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