Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Casserole

It is a creamy alfredo base but with the added fiesta ranch spices it made it absolutely incredible! This entire casserole was perfect.

Fiesta ranch chicken pasta casserole in a white casserole dish.
We had a wonderful Halloween. The weather here in Utah was beautiful! This was the first year that I can remember that it was warm and no jackets needed. We have had a few Halloweens with snow! I sure enjoyed going from house to house with my boys. We love where we live. Our neighborhood had a witch that was brewing root beer,  a neighbor making cotton candy, and houses that were giving out pop and king size candy bars. We had such a great time! I hope you did too!

Now lets get to the nitty gritty of this casserole. (Said in my best Nacho Libre voice.)   You need to make this casserole immediately for your family. My family said that this was the best casserole that I have made to date! My son even took a bite and begged me not to take a picture of it! I can’t even describe the delicious sauce. It is a creamy alfredo base but with the added fiesta ranch spices it made it absolutely incredible! This entire casserole was perfect. From the creamy fiesta ranch sauce, to the cheese melted on top, to everything in between! Holy cow. You are just going to have to try it out for yourself!!

 

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Casserole

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 8 Servings

Description


Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (about 3 chicken breasts)
  • 1 16 oz box Penne Pasta
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dips Mix
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded

Optional Toppings:

  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Diced Tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. In a medium saucepan add heavy whipping cream and cream cheese. Heat over medium heat stirring until cream cheese has melted. Whisk in grated parmesan cheese. Whisk in fiesta ranch packet.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add drained pasta and sauce. Toss noodles until coated. Add chicken and black beans. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated through and top is bubbly. Add optional toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8

Calories395kcal (20%)Carbohydrates4g (1%)Protein16g (32%)Fat36g (55%)Saturated Fat21g (105%)Cholesterol140mg (47%)Sodium712mg (30%)Potassium93mg (3%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1303IU (26%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium263mg (26%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Made this last night. Was great. Green Onions and tomatoes should not be optional. The dish was ok without them, but fantastic with them.

    Love your website. Normal food for normal people, and most importantly that tastes good.

  2. I can’t find the Fiest Dip anywhere in my town or 20 miles out….Do you think a Southwest Chicken Quesadilla Mix would work? It has no Ranch flavor, but hey its the only thing right noW I can find close enough .

  3. I assume this can be made the night before and kept in the fridge until oven time? I’d like to make it for a weeknight dinner, but would prefer to prepare in advance, as long as it would keep!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It was easy and quick. I was short on time so I used the precooked rotisserie children strips, I choped into cubes it turned out great. Add a small handful of the mosserlla cheese with the Parmesan mixture. Not too much or it will be too gooey. Made a tomato and cucumber salad and bread sticks. Yummy!

    1. Hey Shanna!
      I am so glad that you like it! I am so glad to hear about the different things that you tried. This is so great! Thanks so much for the comment and for following along with me.

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