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Dollar Store Ranch Chicken Casserole

By: Samantha from
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Save your money with this delicious Dollar Store Ranch Chicken Casserole. Made with some items that can be found at the dollar store, this makes for one of the best chicken casserole recipes. Your family will love it.


Serve with a saucy mixture of bleu cheese crumbles (1/4 cup), sour cream (1 cup) and mayonnaise (1 tablespoon).

Carrot and celery sticks work well with this dip/casserole too.

Note: Every dollar store is different, and not all of them may carry these ingredients. If your local dollar store does not carry these food products, feel free to substitute with inexpensive items from other grocery stores.


  • 8 ounces cooked macaroni
  • 1 pound to 2 pounds of shredded chicken (from previously frozen chicken breast tenderloins, or fresh if you find them)
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce, preferably Frank's Red Hots
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 6 ounces shredded cheese, your choice
  • 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix hot sauce, evaporated milk, and dry Ranch dressing together in a bowl.
  3. Add macaroni, chicken and cheese.
  4. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray.  Pour all mixed ingredients in.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until it's warm and the cheese is melted.

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This ranch chicken casserole looks amazing! I have all of these ingredients already, so I think I will be making this this week. I am always looking for unique recipes, something I can make that my family will enjoy and is easy for me to make. Is this something you need to have cooked shredded chicken? If so, do you just boil the chicken tenderloins?

I love that you can just stop off at the dollar store on the way home and grab these ingredients. Mine sells the little cans of chicken that you can use too when you are low on fresh meat. Thanks for the idea, I think my family would enjoy this dish once in a while, and it is a great way to stretch the grocery money on a tight week.

You can actually use your head and adjust the hot sauce to your taste. Seems like the Buffalo Chicken Dip calls for a lot too, but it turns out great.

This recipe seems to be an adaptation of a buffalo wing dip recipe from the back of the Frank's Red Hot Sauce. That dip called for blue cheese crumbles, blue cheese sauce, cream cheese and 1/2 cup hot sauce with 2 cups chicken.

Lotta hot sauce..but it might be good. I would be interested in the nutritional analyses..But I will try this recipe.

Is this a dip or a casserole? I like the concept, but, aside from the overdose of hot sauce, why would you serve this cheese sauce casserole with a bleu cheese dip? Clashing flavors, at least for me.

What size can of evaporated milk?

I would assume the standard, which is about 14 ozs but I would add only part at first - better safe than soupy. The evap milk is a good fallback staple, but wouldn't fresh milk be cheaper?

1/2 CUP HOT SAUCE??? Are you kidding?

that's exactly what I thought! ick ... sounds like way too much!!


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