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This chicken bacon ranch pizza recreates the restaurant favorite at home! Use leftover cooked chicken and your favorite ranch dressing to make dinner a snap.
It’s been a long-standing tradition in my house that we have pizza once a week.
Surprisingly it’s something that we have yet to get tired of. However, considering just how many different ways there are to top a pizza, it makes sense!
We definitely have weeks where we stick with classic pepperoni and cheese, but we love to mix it up as well.
If you feel stuck in a pizza rut, a great way to change up your toppings is to just take a peek in the refrigerator.
We always have bits and bobs left over from meals. It’s never quite enough to make a full dish out of, but definitely enough for topping a pizza!
This easy chicken ranch pizza uses up leftover chicken, cooked bacon, and the ranch dressing you (probably) already have in the fridge door.
It’s inspired by our favorite takeout pizza and love for ranch on pizza. You’ll love how easy it is to make!
Ingredients for chicken bacon ranch pizza
The ingredients for this pizza are just as simple as it sounds!
Chicken – Be sure to use already cooked chicken, not raw chicken. Pizza is a great way to use up leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken.
Make sure you use a mix of white and dark meat for the best flavor. Chop or shred the chicken into small pieces so it can evenly top the pizza.
Bacon – Whenever I bake bacon, I cook up some extra to add to dishes like bacon spinach quiche, salads, or pizza.
Any variety of bacon will work here. Cook it crisp and then chop into small pieces once cooled.
Ranch dressing – Ranch is an absolute classic American flavor, and we love it with pizza. It makes a great base in place of marinara sauce.
You can use homemade ranch dressing, or your favorite bottle dressing.
Mozzarella – What’s a pizza without plenty of cheese? Use low-moisture mozzarella for this recipe rather than fresh mozzarella balls.
Pizza dough – I’ve been making pizza dough at home for years, but store bought pizza dough is great too! If it is frozen, make sure to thaw it completely ahead of time.
If you’re using pre-baked packaged crusts, you might need to reduce the baking time of your pizza.
How to make this chicken pizza recipe
Because this pizza uses already prepared ingredients, putting it together is a snap.
Preheat oven to 450°F. If you are using a pizza stone, make sure to put it in the oven immediately, so it can heat up with the oven.
Roll out your pizza dough or press it into a pizza pan or rimmed baking sheet. I use my fingers to gently press the dough out from the center, then press knuckles at the edges to form a slight rim.
Pizza stone users: place your rolled crust onto a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel. The cornmeal prevents sticking so you can easily slide your pizza onto the stone.
Spread ranch dressing evenly on the pizza crust, leaving ½ to 1 inch all around the edge.
Scatter on mozzarella cheese. You can add all the cheese now, or do half now and the rest after the other toppings.
Add the chicken and crumbled bacon pieces, making sure they evenly cover the pizza.
Once the oven is heated, place the pizza in the oven on the bottom rack. This helps ensure the bottom of the crust is cooked.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden.
Let cool briefly before slicing and serving.
Pizza is so great to make because it’s endlessly customizable. Try some of these options with your family.
Use leftover turkey instead of chicken, especially after the holidays! Smoked turkey is especially great here.
Add onions like thinly sliced or chopped red onions. For a sweeter taste, add caramelized onions! Or, garnish with chopped green onions (scallions).
Use BBQ sauce as the base, like in my BBQ pulled pork pizza, to make this a BBQ chicken pizza.
Add pickled jalapeños before or after baking the pizza for tangy heat.
Use a mix of cheeses like cheddar, pepper jack, or parmesan along with the mozzarella. Smoked cheddar is particularly good!
Add other veggies like red bell peppers, mushrooms, or black olives.
Top it off with sriracha or hot honey to take this pizza to the next level.
More recipes for pizza night
Try these pizzas and pizza-inspired dishes next time.
- Pepperoni Calzones
- Chorizo Corn Pizza
- Pizza Popcorn
- Herb Pizza Dough
- Brussels Sprouts Pizza
- Chicken Sausage Pizza
This easy chicken bacon ranch pizza is sure to be a new family favorite!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a pizza pan or rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray or olive oil.
- Roll out or press pizza dough into prepared pan. Spread ranch dressing evenly on the dough, leaving ½ to 1 inch around the edge.
- Layer on cheese, chicken, and bacon. Once the oven is ready, place pizza pan on the bottom rack.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. Let cool briefly before slicing and serving.