Chicken Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Dive into the ultimate comfort food with this Chicken Ranch Macaroni and Cheese recipe! A creamy, cheesy delight that combines tender chicken, flavorful ranch seasoning, and a rich cheese sauce, all mixed with hearty macaroni. It’s a perfect dish for family dinners, potlucks, or any time you’re craving something satisfyingly delicious. This recipe takes the classic mac and cheese to a whole new level, adding protein and zest for a complete meal that’s sure to please everyone at the table.


2 cups macaroni, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 packet ranch dressing mix
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: breadcrumbs and parsley for topping


Cook the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to create a roux, cooking for about 1 minute until it’s golden and bubbly.
Gradually whisk in the milk, ensuring there are no lumps. Continue to cook and stir until the sauce thickens.
Stir in the ranch dressing mix, then add the shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Keep stirring until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
Add the cooked chicken to the cheese sauce, mixing well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the cooked macaroni to the saucepan, stirring until the pasta is well coated with the cheese sauce.
Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish. If desired, sprinkle breadcrumbs and a little extra cheese on top for a crispy finish.
Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly and golden on top.
Garnish with chopped parsley before serving, if desired.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Kcal: Approximately 500-600 kcal per serving (varies based on serving size and modifications)