30-minute Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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

30-minute Skillet Chicken Ranch Mac 'n' Cheese

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.

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 to 6 servings
Author Rachel


  • 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.

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17 Responses

  1. Madeline says:

    Perfect comfort food right here! Love anything mac and cheese and this is such a good weeknight meal. Yum!

  2. C. Gibson says:

    That looks so good, and I love quick and easy dishes, I’ll definitely be pinning this recipe.

  3. Julie Torres says:

    This just looks incredible, I am saving to make this week. I love quick and tasty recipes for weeknights when we are all stretched just a little too thin!

  4. My two favorite things Ranch & Mac n Cheese in one dish!! I need to try this!! I pinned for later!

  5. Jen says:

    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.

  6. Yum! You can never go wrong with mac and cheese!

  7. Kristina says:

    mhmm looks easy to make & sounds delicious! I’m pinning for later! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sharon says:

    I am sitting here, drooling as I read this! Holy crap! Oh so cheesy and creamy. I need all of this STAT!

  9. Rachel says:

    Yup- I want that for dinner this weekend! The best part is the hubby can’t eat cheese, so more for me 🙂

  10. Who doesn’t love Mac n Cheese?! Looks delicious.

  11. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    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.

    • Rachel says:

      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!

  12. Carly says:

    Mac and cheese is one of my favorites! Definitely trying this recipe.

    Carly | http://www.thecarlycollective.com

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