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Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)

Creamy bacon ranch chicken casserole. That is all you need to know this fall and winter. I promise this will get you through the cold months and help you get over any hesitation you have about cooking with spaghetti squash! 

Best Tip For Prepping Spaghetti Squash

Ok, who is intimidated by the thought of having to cut the spaghetti squash in half?!?! Me, me, me! The first time I bought a spaghetti squash I lived by myself and was so excited to cook with it, but then got home and realized I had to do the cutting. Ugh…after almost slicing a finger off, I got it cut but basically vowed to never do that again. I thought that was the first and last time I’d cook with spaghetti squash, but then I ate the meal I prepared and loved it and wanted to eat it all the time. Total dilemma.

So, the next time I went to the grocery store I politely asked a guy working in the produce section if he would kindly do the cutting for me and he was like yeah, no problem. So….until I started dating Justin, that was my go-to for spaghetti squash and is still my best tip for getting it cut in half. Luckily now, Justin takes responsibility for safely cutting our spaghetti squash in half. Phew! But if you’re like me and totally intimidated, just ask someone working in the produce section to cut it for you! Problem solved and now you can enjoy all the spaghetti squash you want! You’re welcome!

This Paleo and Whole30 Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole is all you need to know this fall and winter. It's a healthier, creamy and dairy-free casserole! |

Creamy And Dairy-Free

This bacon ranch chicken casserole is dairy-free and creamy from the homemade ranch used in it. Do you make your own ranch dip or dressing? We love making our own because it’s super easy and also because it’s WAY more creamy and delicious than the store-bought kind. And..there are no crap ingredients, just quality Paleo-friendly mayo and some dried seasonings. Then you mix it up with the rest of the ingredients in this casserole, and the result is a lot of ranchy, creamy goodness! You won’t even miss the dairy, we promise!

This Paleo and Whole30 Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole is all you need to know this fall and winter. It's a healthier, creamy and dairy-free casserole! |

Don’t Forget To Add Some Greens

We chose to add some broccoli into this dish to sneak some extra greenery in. Gotta get those servings in! You could even add some kale or other greens. You could also sub another veggie in place of the broccoli. Some options would be asparagus, canned artichokes (note to self to try that next time we make this), green beans, baby bok choy, etc. You can definitely get creative and adjust to your preferences. Let us know how it goes if you do!

This Paleo and Whole30 Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole is all you need to know this fall and winter. It's a healthier, creamy and dairy-free casserole! |

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Your Turn To Try Our Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole

Add this creamy bacon ranch chicken casserole to your fall/winter game plan! It’s a great way to use seasonal ingredients and enjoy all the coziness this season has to offer! Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Also, take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood, so we can check it out!


This Paleo and Whole30 Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole is all you need to know this fall and winter. It's a healthier, creamy and dairy-free casserole! |

Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)

4.58 from 28 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
This Paleo and Whole30 Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole is all you need to know this fall and winter. It's a healthier, creamy and dairy-free casserole! 
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For the ranch dressing:

  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1.5 tsp dill weed
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup water

For the casserole:

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  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the two halves face-down on a baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
  • While the squash is cooking, make the ranch dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or container and whisking well. Add more water if needed if the dressing is too thick. Place in refrigerator while you prep the other ingredients.
  • Dice bacon and heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add in bacon to cook, stirring occasionally, until it is just getting crispy, about 7-8 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate. 
  • While bacon is cooking, chop onion and broccoli. When the bacon is finished, retain bacon fat in the pan and leave it on medium heat. Add in chicken and onion to cook. 
  • Break the chicken meat into small bits and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 7-8 minutes. When the chicken is almost cooked through, add in garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir to mix and remove from heat once cooked.
  • Remove squash from oven after 30 minutes and set aside to cool. Keep the oven on at 425 degrees and grease a 9x13 casserole dish with butter or ghee.
  • Once the squash has cooled enough to handle, you are ready to put it all together. With a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash "noodles" into the casserole dish. Add in the cooked chicken, bacon, broccoli, and ranch dressing. Mix everything together well.
  • Place the casserole in the oven to bake for 15 more minutes. Remove and serve.


If desired, you can sub 1 cup of Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing for the homemade ranch dressing. 
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Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)

22 thoughts on “Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)

  • This is the best paleo casserole I’ve tried! I’ve been trying to get my kids to eat squash recipes forever now (as my husband and I love it), and they never have until this recipe. I didn’t tell them there was squash in it beforehand, and then once they both asked for seconds I told them. So glad I tried this recipe and will definitely be trying more recipes from this blog! Thank you!

  • I don’t know if I missed something, but when do you cook the broccoli? It put the uncooked broccoli with the everything else in the 11×13 pan and it was partially raw after 15 minutes. Unless I did something wrong, I feel like the broccoli should be cooked before it goes into the pan with all the other cooked ingredients.

    • Admittedly, we like our broccoli to retain a bit of crunch and prefer it a bit undercooked, so if you prefer it much softer, you could definitely pre-cook it a bit before adding it to the pan. Glad you enjoyed the recipe though! Thanks for leaving your rating and review! We appreciate your feedback.

  • Just tried this and I know it’s about to become a regular in the rotation! We love tessamaes creamy ranch (too lazy to make my own but applaud those who do!) and a drizzle of hot sauce on top, it was perfection and great leftovers for breakfast or lunch.

  • This is an amazing recipe!!! I was looking for a recipe that I could introduce my kids to spaghetti squash. There was no way we could substitute for their “real” spaghetti. I was so NERVOUS putting this on the table. It is hands down my kids favorite meal!! Out of the park home run.

    We usually do this once a week now and have done do experimenting with it. I’ve made it in a crock pot – worked great. We’ve made it with asparagus because we were out of broccoli. However, the best is just the way Erica and Justin have it written. The only thing we like to add is putting it on broil for about 3 minutes right at the end – we like our broccoli a little crispy!

    • Hi Rora, glad you enjoyed the recipe! As part of our real food/paleo lifestyle we don’t track any nutrition information personally, and it has been really liberating for us and helped us find food freedom. For that reason we don’t post the nutrition info on our recipes, with the only exception being the Keto specific recipes on our site. You could plug the ingredients into an online nutrition calculator if needed.

  • This was great! It is a bit time intensive, I definitely suggest doing some of the prep work a different day if you can. I cooked my squash (whole, in the instant pot) and cooked up the meat (I used half ground turkey, half chicken chorizo) on a night we were eating leftovers. That made tonight much easier. I also used my homemade cilantro jalapeno ranch. And I added chopped spinach. But this is a meal that I can play with/tweak based on what I have on hand and I get the feeling it’ll be great every time. The kids got cheese on their half, and I’ll admit to being jealous, but it was still good without it. Thanks for a great meal that my whole family loved!

    • So glad you all enjoyed it! Great tips for breaking up the prep work a bit too! Thanks so much for giving our recipe a try and taking the time to come back and share! Your homemade cilantro jalapeno ranch sounds incredible! 🙂

  • I cook my spaghetti squash in a crock pot! Never cut one in half again. Just like a few times with a knife and cook it on low or high until soft. Then it is easy to cut open and scoop out. This is my go to for spaghetti squash now.

  • I will definitely try your recipe this week. I, myself, don’t like cutting into a hard squash. Cook Eat Paleo has a tried and true recipe for roasting a whole squash or pumpkin in the oven. I’ve also put a whole squash in the crockpot with no water. Both work beautifully. No knife skills involved.

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