Recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

So I’ve been on this kick to use up the food in my fridge, freezer, and pantry. I guess I’m doing a pantry challenge of sorts since I’ve been spending too much money.
In my fridge, I found that I had chicken thighs and bacon to use. I looked up chicken bacon ranch on Pinterest- worth a shot to see what yummy recipes awaited me. Lo-and-behold, I found a recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta. Um… can you say YUM?! To make things even better, it was also a crock pot recipe. Double score- that makes my life easier!
First off, I want to give all credit where credit is due. The original recipe was from Betty Crocker. I made modifications to it (as copied and pasted below) since I didn’t want to go to the store to get any ingredients.  I also didn’t measure every ingredient, so do it based on your tastes. (The childhood me who wanted to be a chef with her own cooking show would be so disappointed in adult me!) I would say this is enough for a family of four with potential leftovers, but it depends on how much your family eats.
 1 lb of chicken thighs, cut off from the bone.
6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
2 to 3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 bottle Ranch dressing
1 small can of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Friendly Farms French Onion Dip
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup water
8 oz. spaghetti, cooked.
1) Spray crock pot with cooking spray; place chicken thighs in cooker.
2) In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients, except spaghetti. Pour over top of chicken
3) Cover; cook on low heat for 6 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours (depending on your schedule).
4) When you’re about ready to eat dinner, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package.
5) When you’re ready to eat, pour over plain spaghetti in individual bowls or mix it all together.
I loved that it was quick and easy! Next time, I will make it with chicken breasts to save a step, but otherwise, I enjoyed this recipe and will make it again. Sorry for the lack of photos- I’m still working on my food photography game!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Does this sound yummy? Are you going to try it? What changes would you make?

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