You can’t go wrong when you combine chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing. You especially can’t go wrong when you combine them into a pasta dish that’s low calorie! This Weight Watchers recipe is easy to throw together and combines these classic comfort food flavors.
PREP TIME: 20 Min TOTAL TIME: 40 Min SERVINGS: 4
1/2 lb whole wheat penne pasta
4 slices bacon, diced
1/2 Tbsp light butter
2 large chicken breast, boneless & skinless, cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 pkg ranch dressing mix ( 1/2 oz)
1 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped onions
Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water; drain, return to pot, and keep warm.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1/2 tablespoon of bacon drippings from the pan.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the reserved bacon drippings, then add the chicken to the same skillet. Cook until tender, no longer pink, and slightly browned.
Sprinkle the flour and ranch dressing mix over the chicken, stirring to coat evenly. Stir in the milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cheddar cheese and half of the reserved bacon; cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
Serve each plate of pasta with green onions and more bacon sprinkled over the top.
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