Cracked Out Hot Chicken Salad (cheddar, bacon & ranch)

Cracked Out Hot Chicken Salad – baked chicken salad loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch! Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire, bacon, ranch dressing mix, potato chips. SOOO good! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Great for a quick brunch, lunch, or dinner. #casserole #chicken #brunch #lunch #dinner #chickensalad

"Cracked Out" Hot Chicken Salad - baked chicken salad loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, cheddar cheese, worcestershire, bacon, ranch dressing mix, potato chips. SOOO good! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Great for a quick brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Chicken Salad is one of our favorite quick lunches. I will whip up a batch, and we will eat it for a couple of days. I was looking for something a little different for lunch the other day and decided to “crack out” our favorite chicken salad recipe and bake it. OMG! SOOOO good. We loved the addition of the cheddar, bacon, and ranch.

This chicken salad casserole is very easy to make. Simply mix together cooked chicken, ranch dressing mix, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery, mayonnaise, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture into a baking dish, top with crushed potato chips, and bake.

You can make the chicken salad mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake the dish. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you are baking it straight from the refrigerator.

"Cracked Out" Hot Chicken Salad - baked chicken salad loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, cheddar cheese, worcestershire, bacon, ranch dressing mix, potato chips. SOOO good! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Great for a quick brunch, lunch or dinner.

This “Cracked Out” Hot Chicken Salad was a fantastic change to our usual chicken salad sandwiches. It was so delicious baked and topped with potato chips! We served this with some fruit and croissants. This is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner! It is guaranteed to your new favorite chicken salad recipe.

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Cracked Out Hot Chicken Salad

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cracked Out Hot Chicken Salad – baked chicken salad loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch! Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire, bacon, ranch dressing mix, potato chips. SOOO good! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Great for a quick brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp cooked bacon
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 8×8-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine chicken, ranch mix, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, onion powder, celery, mayonnaise, bacon and cheddar cheese. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with crushed potato chips.
  • Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

Notes:

I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this dish.
I used Ruffles potato chips.
Can assemble casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight.
Can omit potato chips or substitute crushed pork rinds for a low-carb/keto-friendly/gluten-free dish.

Steph

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"Cracked Out" Hot Chicken Salad - baked chicken salad loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, cheddar cheese, worcestershire, bacon, ranch dressing mix, potato chips. SOOO good! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Great for a quick brunch, lunch or dinner.
"Cracked Out" Hot Chicken Salad - baked chicken salad loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, cheddar cheese, worcestershire, bacon, ranch dressing mix, potato chips. SOOO good! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Great for a quick brunch, lunch or dinner.
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  1. Curious why it’s called ‘hot’ chicken salad? I see nothing in the ingredients that would add heat to it, such as spices. ??

  2. Can you post your recipe for Chicken Salad? I've been craving some recently. I'm adding this version to this week's menu! Yum.

    1. The most common ranch mix hear in that states is Hidden Valley Ranch mix. It is a dry packet mix, but you can use any brand, but I am not sure you have it in the Netherlands.

    2. thanks, but no, we have no dry packet mix like ranch mix. is it more like herbs, more like garlic, or more like italian seasoning? Because those 3 dry salad mixes we do have 😉

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