Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole (video!)

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I’m feeling absolutely off right now. My husband had a 90 hour work week last week, so I spent every single day working because I pretty much felt guilty NOT working. But I’m fried. And feeling a little less motivated. So my goal today is to snap out of it. Not totally sure how I’m going to accomplish that quite yet, but I will figure it out and get back to you.

I don’t know why the hell I’m even talking about my emotional instability when I could be talking about others. Meaning The Bachelor. The producing team really did their due diligence when it came to making the dates as awful and uncomfortable as ever. PS I’ve never used the words due diligence and I really don’t think I used them correctly here, but it just feels right, so LEAVE ME ALONE! Starting with the first date, taking bridal themed photos. I couldn’t even handle how awful, incredibly uncomfortable, and super weird that date was. And I’m not even talking about the photographer’s romper. That’s a whole different blog post. No, I’m just merely talking about Corinne and her frat house party, girls gone wild ways. Do you think the producers forced him to give her the first rose? Do you think it works like that? It must. You don’t watch a girl take her top off and make you grab her boobs on national television and think, wow, I really want to bring this chick home to my 12 year old sister who I played soccer with in the first episode. She seems so wholesome.

I hope Corinne is on the show for quite a while. ENTERTAIN ME, you outstanding liar! She’s a liar because she said no one has grabbed her boobs like Nick did. Just take that in for a second. She’s the best.

But the second group date took it up a notch when they went to the museum of break-ups. How do they even find these hell holes?! I would honestly rather go to a normal museum filled with stuffed, dead animals then have to step foot in a museum filled with hatred and sorrow towards others. Deep, I know, but come on! Who wants to live out their own break-ups let alone someone else’s!? The best quote of the night, which is really saying something since Liz wrote down her entire awkward encounter with Nick and read it to everyone, was when the whole group walked into a screaming match of 2 actors breaking up with each other and Christen (who was obviously chosen for Luke) says, “I can’t believe a break up is happening HERE!” You can’t believe it, Christen? Are you f*cking high? Because you always seem cracked out. Cracked out in a very positive way, but still cracked out.

Did anyone else notice the implants in the museum? Someone gave back their implants in a break up.  And someone put those implants in a museum. Let that resonate.

I’m glad Liz went home. We get it, you slept with Nick. Now you’re being the weird clinger and making us all feel weird about it. I’m pretty sure the producers cut and pasted words to make it seem like she talked about their encounter 87 times per day, but still, it’s too much. When a guy doesn’t contact you, it’s a sign. HELLO, Facebook was invented for a reason: to stalk others until they agree to go on a date with you. Not doing it on national television for others to mock you. How the hell do you think I met my husband!?

And I literally could care less about Danielle’s date. The only thing interesting that happened on that date is they landed a helicopter on a f*cking yacht!!! Now THAT was entertainment!

Boo. I wish it was Monday again. The Bachelor is literally the only good thing about Mondays at this point.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole (video!)

4.8 rating
84 reviews
PREP 10 mins
COOK 2 hours 20 mins
TOTAL 2 hrs 30 mins
Yields 4-5

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), cut in half
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Primal Kitchen Ranch
  • 3 eggs
  • chopped chives, to garnish

DIRECTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the skin gives when you press your finger to it. Remove the squash from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish.
  2. While the spaghetti squash cooks, place a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon, and cook until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. You'll want to leave behind about 2 tablespoons worth of bacon fat to feel free to remove any excess once bacon has cooked. Add peppers, onion and garlic cloves and cook for about 10 minutes, until onion is translucent.
  3. To the pan with the peppers and onion, add the ground chicken along with the garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the chicken and cook until no pink remains, about 10 minutes.
  4. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti squash strings and place in the greased baking dish along with the chicken mixture, ranch and eggs. Mix to combine then sprinkle the crispy bacon on top.
  5. Place in the oven to bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the center is cooked through and edges have begun to brown. Garnish with chopped chives on top before serving!

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INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), cut in half
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Primal Kitchen Ranch
  • 3 eggs
  • chopped chives, to garnish

DIRECTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the skin gives when you press your finger to it. Remove the squash from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish.
  2. While the spaghetti squash cooks, place a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon, and cook until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. You'll want to leave behind about 2 tablespoons worth of bacon fat to feel free to remove any excess once bacon has cooked. Add peppers, onion and garlic cloves and cook for about 10 minutes, until onion is translucent.
  3. To the pan with the peppers and onion, add the ground chicken along with the garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the chicken and cook until no pink remains, about 10 minutes.
  4. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti squash strings and place in the greased baking dish along with the chicken mixture, ranch and eggs. Mix to combine then sprinkle the crispy bacon on top.
  5. Place in the oven to bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the center is cooked through and edges have begun to brown. Garnish with chopped chives on top before serving!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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112 thoughts on “Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole (video!)”

  1. I have been so excited for you to post this recipe ever since I first saw it on instagram, And just by luck I have all the ingredients already in my fridge!!!! I cant wait until this work day is over so I can head home and start eating, Thanks for posting.

  2. This looks amazing! Sorry I’m going to be one of those annoying comments…. if I made this in advance, how long would it need to reheat for dinner tomorrow night? I see bake time is 1-1.15 so I was hoping by making it in advance I could reheat it quicker for dinner tomorrow. Thank you!!!

  3. I absolutely LOVE the new videos!
    I really don’t like spaghetti squash, but I think I will give it one more chance Just to try this recipe because it looks so good!

    1. I love the spaghetti squash but my kids don’t really. I was thinking a pasta maybe. Which defeats the whole clean/paleo aspect but darn kids have to eat 🙂

      1. Leslie,
        I have the same battle with our 5 boys, and I might as well admit my husband too. The first time I made Juli’s Almost Five Ingredient Spaghetti Pie I used a ratio of half gluten free noodles and half spaghetti squash and the boys loved, loved, loved it! Each time I have made it since they have eaten it without question because they loved it so much the first time. What they don’t know is that I am slowly decreasing the noodles and increasing the squash with each batch. Hopefully this would work for your family as well. Oh, and I have left out the eggs every time as we have an egg allergy in the house. It always comes out crispy and delicious. Happy Dinner Time!

  4. This looks so yummy! Now I just need to figure out a swap for spaghetti squash as I can’t get it in the U.K. and I can’t wait until April to try it lol

    1. Julienned zucchini/courgette works well for me as a swap. Just make sure to salt it, let it drain, then squeeze the excess water from it.

  5. Did you know you can make spaghetti squash in the instant pot? It takes about 7 minutes and is a total game changer!

    Also, I owe you a thank you as you are responsible for changing the way I approach exercise. I’m always reminding myself of your analogy…working out is like brushing our teeth. We know it’s good for us and so, we do it! And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you’re openness about your journey to beautiful, clear skin inspired me to bite the bullet and start a course of Accutane. I’m 6 weeks in and it’s made all the difference in the world.

    Thanks for all the incredible content, your honesty, and laugh out loud sense of humor 🙂 Oh, and sorry about all the haters. They suck.

  6. I LOVE these casseroles. They are easy, not too expensive and super delicious!! Plus I can feed the whole family and everyone is happy. Thank you for these amazing “one pot” meals.

  7. Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. Such an inspiration to keep us on all track!

    PS WTF does your husband do to work 90 hours a week??? Make sure to take some R&R both of you!

    1. yeah his job is crazy sometimes, it’s just the busiest week of the year for him. he usually work around 50-55 hours a week so he just works a lot in general

      1. Recipe looks great. I have this weird feeling that your husband is a CPA like me (possibly even Public Accounting) 🙂 ! We always work a lot, and this time of year is just slammed.

  8. I don’t watch the Bachelor, and I really have no desire. But your recap was AMAZING and I look forward to next week’s. I’m excited about this casserole! With a family of 7 and two parents who work full-time, casseroles are a LIFESAVER!

  9. I was texting my boyfriend during that episode and said to him “Oh my god. This girl on the Bachelor took her top off and made him cup her boobs on their first date.”

    He said “Is that a good thing?”

    I was like “What would you think if I had done that on our first date?”

    haha

    I could not believe Nick gave her the rose!! There is just no way he is that shallow but I guess he is. I mean, I’m all about body confidence but leave a little to the imagination when you meet a guy.

  10. Any ideas for veggie substitutes if we can’t do peppers? I’m thinking maybe add spinach and zucchini? What are your thoughts? Also, where do you get your ground chicken?

    Also, love the video. Really wasn’t going to make the recipe, then I watched the video. Looked so good, thought I better try it!

    1. Hi Whitney I’m sure you’ve found it by now but I just started following Juli’s recipes & blog and am reading all comments prior to starting each one (I’ve had five meals so far since Fourth of July Weekend , 3 yesterday ????????‍♀️) anywho. I went to the butcher at the grocery store and got Bell and Evans chicken breast and just asked them to grind it up for me and they did( or you can easily do it yourself if you have a meat grinder). Then the next time I inadvertently found it in the natural/organic section of the meat cooler already ground, my friend who introduced me to this site often uses ground turkey instead whichever is more lean :). Hope this helps six months later haha or atleast someone else reading.

  11. What exercise equipment would be a MUST for a home gym? Have you ever considered adding modifications to your workouts for people who might not have a gym or the same equipment at home? PS. I do love your weekly workouts and the additional ones you’ve posted, thanks for those!!

  12. Just dropping by to say the following:
    1) this recipe looks amazing
    2) I often tell people you must be my spirit animal (sorry, too creepy?) because everything you post just resonates
    3) can I start a petition for you to do some bachelor recapping on the podcast?! We all need this in our lives.

    Keep doin’ you, baby boo!

  13. Juli-this looks very tasty, think I need to make it soon. Your egg bake with pizza sauce was the bomb at our house. Thanks.
    I haven’t been watching the Bachelor but now I might, your play by play was very entertaining. Why is it crabby people think you need to know what they think? Seriously, keep it to their simple self! Losers.

  14. Hi Juli, first off this looks amazing!

    Random Question do you have any suggestions on where to eat and what to do around Denver? I’m headed there for a conference next month and would love any suggestions! I adore your podcast, blog, and social media accounts so hearing what you love would be awesome! Thank you!

  15. This look amazing! Question: Do you think this would freeze well? Getting ready to pop a baby out, and am looking to keep things healthy when I don’t want to cook!

  16. Juli – I don’t even care about your recipe at this point, because I have tears in my eyes from laughing so damn hard at your Bachelor recap. I forced my mom to watch that with me last night (on her 70th birthday…wth??) and she just shook her head the whole time. So ridiculous and yet your comments are SPOT ON. Hysterical. Thanks for the laugh. Now, back to your recipe…

  17. I made this last night. It was really good!! Only negative was it took forever to make and the ingredients ended up being pretty pricey!

  18. I made this last night and it was so good! I used about 1.5lbs of ground beef instead of chicken and a different brand of ranch sauce. Also added a little cheese on top. It actually only took about 45 min to bake to golden brown for me, maybe due to the swaps. BF ate two big bowls so that’s always a good sign.

  19. With my husband hating leftovers I’m always looking for stuff I can “half make” on the weekend and finish during the week. Do you think I could cook the squash and chicken mixture, refrigerate for a day, and then mix and bake on Monday? Anyone have an opinion? I t looks deeeelish!!!

  20. Hey! Is there a substitute you can recommend for the ranch. I can’t get my hands on that specific ranch and don’t want to use traditional fatty Rancho.

  21. This looks so good! I might make it tonight.

    I have also been experiencing some dark days so I joined a bachelor fantasy league and Monday’s are the highlight of my week. It’s on past my bedtime, but I can’t wait. I have Corrine and Danielle M so this week I was on fire. I just keep hoping Corrine’s nanny taught her enough manners to keep her around for a few more weeks.

  22. Looks so yummy! Love me some spaghetti squash!!! Do you have any calorie/nutritional info on this dish (or is it right before my eyes somewhere)? Hubs is on a strict diet plan right now, and I’m (kinda sorta) playing along.

    I also spoiler-ed myself with The Bachelor recap. Still haven’t watched that episode (???? Life getting in the way…) But I couldn’t help but read about Corrine and her boobys! LOL ????

    Thanks for being awesome and real, Juli! Love your recipes and all the workout inspirations! ❤

  23. HI Juli, I ordered the Primal Ranch earlier this week but it hasn’t arrived yet and I want to make this casserole tonight. Do you think Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch dressing will work as a substitute?

  24. I totally love the dish you baked the casserole in! I want it 🙂 I can’t wait to make this. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  25. For the record…I don’t like casseroles, ranch or bacon. BUT my boyfriend does, and I love him, so I tried it. He loved it and I didn’t hate it – WINNING! Thank you 🙂

  26. OMG Juli, you are a riot talking about The Bachelor!! LOL I am seriously laughing out loud. I am looking forward to trying your recipe, which sounds so good. I just figured I would see the recipe but you are so funny! I begged my hubby to watch The Bachelor with me so now he does even though he often takes “breaks” during the full episode. Breaks meaning, “Babe where did you go? Are you going to come back soon? Do you want me to rewind what happened so you can see it? Uh, really? You don’t want to see it? Well then I will explain it to you!” LOL Actually, he is getting into it, especially with all the women in the show! Go figure, right?!! LOL Anyway, thanks for all the laughs and the recipes! They’re awesome!

  27. This dish looks SO GOOD! I think I’ll make it next Monday and enjoy it with the garbage of The Bachelor. And by garbage, I mean that in the best way possible as my life would not be complete without it.

  28. Anytime I try a new recipe I decide it’s my favorite. Until the next one. Just made this for dinner along with the sautéed kale I see you include in a lot of your meals. Too delicious, my husband loves all your recipes too! My favorite days of the week are when new recipes are posted to the blog. You’re the shit Juli, thanks for all the healthy yummy-ness!

  29. This blog just made me realize that your posts aren’t showing up on my feedly anymore 🙁 Any idea why? I need your Bachelor snark in my life!

    Also this recipe looks fantastic.

    1. i know, not sure why. i worked with feedly and it showed that it was back up, so it must be something on their end. i would write them to complain since i don’t seem to have any control over it

  30. Made this last night and it was AWESOME! I had a small amount of sliced up kale in my fridge I threw in as well. Definitely a new recipe in my rotation. Keep up the amazing work!

  31. Yum! I bet this would be delish with spinach and artichokes as well. Do you think think this would be dry and/or bland with only 1/4-1/2 cup ranch? Can’t wait to try it

  32. Five Stars This is super delicious. I followed the recipe closely but (GASP), I was too lazy to make paleo ranch, something that will definitely not happy next time I make this.

  33. Five starts because this blog post is life. Thanks for not being cheerful all the time – it’s so great, partly comforting, and probably a bit wrong when someone else is just in a funk and you can relate to their shitty, unmotivated mood!

  34. Criselda Dougherty

    Hi Juli,
    I was thinking of doing this with Tessamaes Caesar instead of ranch ( they ran out) . Would this work or would that totally ruin the dish?

  35. Man, this was yummy! And the leftovers may have been ever better! Somehow it has a cheesy casserole thing going on… and I know there is no cheese in it… because there is no cheese in the recipe and duh, I made it and never added cheese, but damn! It like magic! Cheesy illusion magic! Same thing with your 5 ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie! Magic! How DO you do it?!

    I’m totally obsessed with my Instapot lately so I made the spaghetti squash in it. So freaking easy! And I must have spaced out at the grocery store while hating everyone there and bought chicken breast instead of ground chicken. So I cubed that up and then threw it in the Instapot so I ended up with shredded chicken… which was awesome!

    So anyway! Thanks for this magic recipe! I’m adding it into the rotation!

  36. This recipe is a KEEPER! I substituted turkey burger and turkey bacon because it’s what I had. Nixed the onion and added 1/2 a jalapeno. I used Tessa Mae’s ranch dressing and my mind is blown!

    Thanks so much for this recipe. Can’t wait to make it again!

  37. I just made this and it pretty much rocked my world!! The crispy bacon was like icing on a cake. Perfect. Thank you for the recipe and your daily awesomeness.

  38. This is absolutely outstanding! I followed the recipe as written and wouldn’t change a thing. I pre-baked the spaghetti squash on meal-prep day and threw the rest of it together tonight (3 days later). It saved a lot of time on this busy weeknight. Delish! Thanks so much.

    1. you definitely could! i would just reduce the number of eggs, it wouldn’t need double the eggs. and the time would probably take longer but i can’t say how long exactly

  39. Holy balls, this is the best paleo casserole dish ever. I make this every week now, and my husband and I DEVOUR it. Obsessed!!

  40. I was SOOO excited to try this! Hubs and I have fallen off the primal wagon and I’m fighting to get back on, so I thought this would be the perfect recipe to boost my ass back up there. Other than using regular Ranch.

    UNTIL I cut the spaghetti squash in half. I had missed a soft spot and the whole inside was a yucky, slimy brown. GROSS.

    Thankfully I still had half a box of Orecchiette pasta on hand from a craving a few weeks ago so the rest of the ingredients won’t go to waste. I imagine it will still be amazballs.

  41. This is in the oven right now. I substituted ground turkey as I couldn’t find plain ground chicken. I also added some frozen spinach that I needed to use up and used 1 whole onion. This overflowed my 8×8 dish so I transferred to 9×13. Casseroles are great way to provide leftover meals for the weekdays when I don’t have a lot of time to cook. Made your pizza pie last weekend and it was great.

  42. Just made this over the weekend and it was delicious! Just enough heat!

    Just a friendly tip: be sure to squeeze out the spaghetti squash if it’s too watery! If not, you could have excess water on the bottom of your pan ???? but it’ll still be real tasty! ????

    Thanks Juli!

  43. Loved this recipe! A very unique, delicious paleo dish. I was getting tired of eating the same old things and this definitely spiced things up!

  44. Juli,

    I have never once left a comment on a blog that I made a recipe they posted, which I know is a dick move, but I have to tell you how much I love this recipe. I have been following you on Instagram and your blog for about 6 ish months and have made a couple of you dishes and loved them all. I was hesitant about this one only because I find that spaghetti squash for me has a sweet flavor which I think runs some recipes. But this one was perfect. I added jalapenos to mine because I had some left over from a different recipe I made this weekend. Thank you for the amazing food and the honesty in your blog. Cant wait to see what you cook up next (pun intended 🙂

    1. that’s so awesome to hear, alaine!! thank you so so much for taking the time to write me! it’s always fun to hear from new/old readers!! hope i can get you just as excited about another recipe in the future!

  45. This was amazing! Cooking Paleo, I tend to avoid casseroles (with all the creamy additives and a bunch of other crap we don’t eat). NOT ANYMORE. I literally couldn’t stop eating this (think Miranda from Sex and the City going after the chocolate cake even after she put in in the trash-that kinda crazy). Even now I’m so full but there’s one scoop left and I’m actually CONSIDERING finishing it. I’m SO excited to try more of these casseroles. I subbed in the little pearl onions in place of the peppers (we avoid nightshades, yeah we are those people). Still SOOOO GOOD. So glad I started following you on Insta!

  46. Literally had to force myself to stop eating this. It was everything I wanted it to be and more! Thanks for helping me through the final days of my whole 30!

  47. 5 stars! Made this when I started the Whole 30 and it was SO DELICIOUS and a hit with my guy friends who are wary of my “healthy eating ways.”

  48. Why did I wait so long to make this? It was the bomb! I made my own ranch dressing via the wholesmiths. com.
    Will definitely add this one to my recipe rotation.

  49. OMG! This was to die for! Being someone who always has to make seperate meals for me, and my family…this was a crowd pleaser! I have gluten/lactose intolerances… so finding a meal we all will like can be a challenge. My family of 5 gave this a 4 thumbs up, and I give it 2 first pumps!

  50. Julie, do you have the nutrition information for this recipe? I am trying to calculate and keep getting different results. I love this recipe and have recently starting counting Macros.
    Thank you, Tera

    1. i do not. and if i calculate it myself, i’ll just run into the same issue you do. which is why i don’t share nutritional information. it can range so much for each person since i don’t weight my ingredients

  51. This recipe looks incredible. I’m prepping it to bake tomorrow and had just one question…after cooking peppers, onions and chicken, do you strain the juices or add them in with the spaghetti squash?

    Thank you, Penny

    1. that totally depends on the persons taste buds. i prefer the pad thai casserole because i love pad thai. and yes, you can use whatever ranch you prefer. i just recommend being aware of the ingredients that are in regular ranch. if you start comparing, hidden valley ranch includes pretty sketchy ingredients like Vegetable oil, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, MSG, artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate. versus the primal kitchen ranch with clean ingredients – Avocado Oil, Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Guar Gum, Cream of Tartar, Sea Salt, Organic Eggs, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate*, Nutritional Yeast, Organic Parsley, Organic Chives, Organic Dill, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Rosemary Extract. you may be already aware of this, just wanted to give you a heads up because i think it’s super eye opening

  52. One of my favorite recipes!!! I use ground beef instead of chicken since it’s what I always have on hand and it is delicious every time.

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