Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries

We’re eating fries for dinner. More specifically, we’re eating Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries for dinner. It’s totally acceptable.

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries. Homemade French fries do not get any better than this!As anyone who’s watched a dessert table and I interact can attest, I’m a sweets person. Sure, sure the queso dip is good, but after a few quick chips, I’m moving on to the pan of brownies. It’s not that I dislike savory foods—I’m just not one to ruin my appetite with them. Sinking into a level of gastronomic discomfort over nachos has never once happened to me. Being immobilized on a couch due to a superfluous third slice of cheesecake happens to me whenever cheesecake and I are in the same room. It’s who I am.

Then, I met Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries.

What you are looking at is my second batch of Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries. I inhaled the first one standing at my stove with such gusto, I was forced to retire to the living room, assume a horizontal position, and watch an episode of Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics to recover. This is the digestive position I previously reserved for desserts and desserts alone.

Before this moment of complete humility, the concept of myself eating only fries for an entire meal would have been foreign to me. Chocolate? Absolutely. But fries??? Who am I? At least I used a fork.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries have this kind of power. They stole my sweets-loving soul and made a savory woman out of me. Doubly weird—I don’t usually even like white potatoes all that much. I lose it over truffle fries and sweet potato anything, but even mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving don’t do much for me (unless they are Ree Drummond’s, which I’m pretty sure is more about my loving heavy cream). Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries, however, exist on a plane of irresistibility all their own.

First we peel potato, peel, peel potato. It’s quick work, but you could probably leave the skins on too if that’s your free-flowing style. Simple russets are all we need to build the most heavenly of fry platters.

Baked Ranch FriesThe first hit of ranch flavor comes from a zesty mix of spices: dill, garlic, onion, and a wee bit of cayenne. Toss the fries in oil, then coat them with this classic ranch spice combo. They’ll bake into a glorious, crispy pan of ranch fry goodness.

Baked Ranch Fries with Chicken and BaconHonestly, the baked ranch fries tastes pretty phenomenal right out of the oven, but with a few additions, they become transcendent. Two types of cheese—cheddar and mozzarella—ultra crispy bacon, and the secret to the fries’ indulgent taste and bangin’ ranch flavor: shredded chicken tossed in the Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip I shared yesterday.  This dip gives the effect of bathing the fries in creamy decadence, but is 100% guilt free and packed with protein

Chicken Bacon and Ranch FriesAs I assured myself in the midst of my fry coma, between the baked potatoes (vegetable) and lean protein (Greek yogurt + chicken), these Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries are total meal-material. Am I right? Let’s continue.

Smother, return to oven for the melty cheese magic, then remove and….

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries

Eat fries for dinner. Or lunch. Or as an actual appetizer at your next game watch. Just be sure to have a couch on hand for recovery purposes—you’ll thank me later.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries

Oven baked ranch fries smothered in bacon, two cheeses, and creamy ranch chicken. Homemade French fries do not get any better than this!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped chives


  1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and set a baking rack on top. Lay the strips of bacon flat on top of the rack, then bake until crisp, about 12-15 minutes, depending upon the thickness of your bacon. Set between two paper towels atop a dinner plate and pat dry. When cool enough to handle, chop and set aside. Increase o¬ven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and cut the potatoes. Place in a large bowl, then toss with the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, salt, and cayenne. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray, then spread the fries onto the sheet in a single layer. Bake 15 minutes, flip with a spatula, then bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until lightly crisp.
  3. While the fries are baking, heat the ranch dip in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, just until warm. Toss with chicken to coat.
  4. Remove fries from oven and top with the chicken, cheddar, mozzarella, and bacon. Return to the oven until the cheese melts, 3-5 minutes. Top with chives. Serve immediately.

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  1. Whoa, mama! I would eat this entire tray of fries by myself too! Does Ben know you eat this while he’s gone? ;)

  2. Oh these look ridiculously delicious and addictive…I can totally understand how you’d have this for dinner. In fact, I’m rather tempted to follow suit!

  3. Oh my! Yes, I’ll have a batch of these for dinner! What a great idea to throw chicken on.

  4. I am the complete opposite. I could skip the sweets every single meal just to indulge in the appetizer course. These are my type of fries.

  5. You and I are the exact opposite! I won’t turn down a brownie or two, but I would never be tempted by a whole pan. But with nachos, fries, anything salty and savory (and cheesy), I literally cannot stop myself. I would inhale this pan of fries in 60 seconds flat. No question. I’m scared to even make these because I may never eat anything else for dinner ever again!

  6. Woman, you are killing me!! I want an entire pan right meow!!

  7. I think you just went too far! …….with yummy!
    Oh my why???? ……did you have to tempt a savory person so??????

  8. Fries for dinner!! Alldayeveryday, amen. LOVE!

  9. Ohhhemmmmgeee! Must make these pronto and then plan a siesta immediately after.

  10. I don’t think there is anything I want to eat more in life right now.

  11. These look off the charts! And I’m cracking up at your “digestive discomfort” story! I’m with you – I (almost) never over eat on savory foods. But that gallon of ice cream…..well the rest is history.

  12. These would disappear in no time at our house! Definitely need to add to our game day menu!

  13. im droooling. this is the kind of meal i foresee myself eating this weekend.

  14. Erin, I love that you go to watch a cooking show after you’ve stuffed yourself silly and need to recover. A true foodie! :) LOVE these fries!!! Yes!

  15. Oh goodness this would get me into real big trouble but it’s worth it. Yum!

  16. Oh my gosh totally acceptable for dinner! And a delicious dinner idea at that! I can see why you had to lay down – I would not be able to control myself around these either!!

  17. Get me a bib and a plate (who needs a fork…) GREG

  18. What a fun meal, love all the different levels of flavor.

  19. This is beyond acceptable for dinner!!!! Oh my Gosh!! I need to spend some quality alone time with that baking sheet :)

  20. I’m with you, I’m a sweet potato fry and truffle fry person. These look like perfect football food and I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to make something with bacon! P.S. If you ever make it out to LA, Umami Burger has some amazing truffle fries!

  21. I’m ALWAYS a savory girl first, so it wouldn’t be shocking to me in the least if I consumed this entire pan in one sitting, and actually, my savory loving self could actually inhale TWO pans of these, they look THAT good.

  22. Whoa whoa whoa! I would inhale these in no time flat!

  23. Oh wow, I am a sucker for fries and have totally put myself in a food coma afterwards and have a feeling these would do the same! They look incredible and sound perfectly acceptable for lunch or dinner to me :) Pinning :)

  24. I cannot even begin to say how damn amazing these look!! I love fries in any shape or form, but with bacon and ranch too?! I need these!

  25. I have no words!…These look fantastic, that is all. lol

  26. MMMM YES! I’d be holding down a horizontal position with you if these were in the same room as me!

  27. Yep, these have food coma written all over them. Totally worth it.

  28. Good grief, Erin! You are causing me to sin! ;) When it comes to fries, I’m a glutton! And THESE??? I’ll bask in humility right there with you.

  29. Those fries look amazing! I could easily eat the whole pan :)

  30. I am a sweets gal thru and thru too – but I have been developing an unhealthy love of bacon – Erin – your delectable concoction of potatoes and chicken AND BACON and dill is not helping me shake it!

  31. Okay, fries for dinner then! These look incredible, Erin!

  32. I love you for this: a real excuse to eat french fries and bacon for dinner!!

  33. Oh yes! bring on the loaded fries!!! Pinned :)

  34. Oh man… I could eat these for breakfast lunch or dinner! They look so good!

  35. You and me both sista! Sweets don’t stand a chance. But I can make room for some chicken ranch nachos any day!

  36. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen Reply

    These do look completely addicting in the most wonderful way! I would eat them for dinner any night of the week!

  37. So the aftermath of hanging upside down for almost 2 hrs in a dental chair for a crown prep had me frazzled enough that I didn’t want to stand and cut up lil russet tater sticks. Let me assure you, Erin, that those same russets, when baked and scooped out and mashed and mixed with the lovely dip recipe; chicken; cheese; and bacon, make for a fabulous chicken bacon ranch twice-baked potato as well!! Your recipe is very adaptable!! No dental shenanigans to scramble my brain for a few weeks so can’t wait to try again with the fries!

    • Joanie, what a great idea! I admit that chopping the potatoes is the most daunting part, and I love your simple, time-saving twist. As always, thank you so much for sharing your review and trying my recipes!

  38. This was a fun dinner. Your combination of herbs and spices on the potatoes and in the ranch dip was the perfect level of salty, garlicky, savory: SO DELICIOUS! Then top it with smoky, salty bacon…awesome.
    The potatoes turned out more ‘roasted potatoes’ than ‘fries’, but that’s fine.
    I used an extra-large baking pan so I could make some roasted broccoli at the same time. :-)

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