Homemade Organic Cheesy Ranch Chicken with Bacon

So, I’ve been meaning to get around to some great chicken skillet meals and this is what I found:  Chicken Ranch from Mostly Homemade Mom.  I needed to adapt it because I’m a total homemade mom (with very few exceptions here and there).

This is what you need:

  • 4-6 slices of organic bacon (I used sliced organic pork belly of which I had to add seasonings to taste.)
  • 1 cup uncooked organic free-range chicken, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 2 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Ranch Seasoning
  • 2 cups organic grass-fed whole milk
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup organic cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound of organic short pasta
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend
  1. Start boiling enough water to cook the noodles and add 1 tsp of Real  Salt.
  2. Put some rendered fat into the pan (leftover bacon drippings works really well, or schmaltz [rendered chicken fat]).
  3. Heat the skillet to medium.
  4. Add bacon to the skillet and cook well.
  5. Add noodles to the boiling water .
  6. Remove the bacon from the skillet and put on a plate.
  7. Drain all but 1 Tbsp. of the cooking fat into a separate container (to be used in the future).
  8. Add chicken to the skillet and cook well.
  9. Remove chicken and put on the plate with the bacon.
  10. Strain the noodles and set aside.  (I usually pour a little bit of organic olive oil over them so they won’t stick.)
  11. Add the flour and butter to the pan and stir, allow to cook for at least a minute to get the flour taste out.
  12. Add the milk and stock to the flour mixture and cook on medium until it begins to thicken, whisking often.
  13. Add the cheese by the handful and whisk into the mixture.
  14. Add the salt and pepper and whisk into the mixture.
  15. Add the cooked chicken and bacon into the mixture and stir.
  16. Pour the mixture over the cooked noodles.
  17. Enjoy!

 

I think this dish would be wonderful with some chopped broccoli florets, minced onion, and/or peas in it!

This is how I do it:

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