30-minute Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac ‘n’ Cheese



Easy Cheesy Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac 'n' Cheese | KitchenCents.com
Cheesy Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac 'n' Cheese | KitchenCents.com

30-minute Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac 'n' Cheese

Yield: 5 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This mac 'n' cheese is full of penne pasta, covered in a creamy, cheesy alfredo-like ranch sauce, and packed with delicious grilled chicken. It's made in ONE skillet from start to finish and will be ready in under 30 minutes.


  • 1 lb penne pasta, uncooked
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cream, may substitute milk or half and half
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups grilled chicken, cooked and cubed
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add water, garlic, and pasta. Cover with lid and simmer for 13-15 minutes until water is mostly absorbed into pasta and pasta is al dente.
  2. Over medium-high heat, add cream to pasta. Toss lightly.
  3. Add ranch, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. Simmer until cheese has melted and sauce has thickened. 2-5 minutes.
  4. Add cubed grilled chicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 705Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 709mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 37g
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17 thoughts on “30-minute Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac ‘n’ Cheese”

  1. Oh my goodness – i’m drooling! I love mac n cheese and it’s great that the addition of chicken gives this dish some protein oomph.

  2. This sounds incredible and so easy to make! I bet it would feed us for at least two meals (I hope!). Maybe we can give this a try next week and have leftovers for an easy dinner.

    • Excellent idea! We love leftovers. With only three in your home right now, leftovers would make fabulous leftovers for an easy dinner. Thanks for stopping by Kim!


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