Chicken-Ranch Cheeseball

Want to be the hostess with the mostest?  This appetizer is one that will please EVERYONE and is great for any occasion!  Whether you make it for a football tailgate or a dinner party, I can guarantee that guests will gobble it up.  This stuff is so addictive.  Once you have one bite you just can’t stop!  It’s that appetizer that people gravitate around at a party, and just keep getting more and more.

I personally love the flavors of ranch, chicken, and bacon together.  In fact, I’m looking for an excuse to make Plain Chicken’s Crack Bread which is loaded up with bacon and ranch goodness.  If you make this cheeseball as an appetizer, just let me warn you, you and your guests might not be hungry for the main course!  They’ll just want more of this!

Chicken-Ranch Cheeseball

Chicken-Ranch Cheeseball


  • One 5 oz. or 8 oz. can of chicken (drained, rinsed, and forked into shredded pieces)
  • Two 8 oz. blocks of reduced fat cream cheese, extremely soft
  • One packet of dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 8 oz. packet of real bacon pieces


  1. Mix everything together except for bacon pieces. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. 
  2. Take out and roll into ball shape.  Roll in your bacon pieces for coating.  
  3. Serve with crackers.


7 thoughts on “Chicken-Ranch Cheeseball

    • Thank you! Presentation is one of those areas I feel I could improve on a lot Mostly because once I get food on the plate I’m just too hungry to give it the time it deserves!

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  2. have a silly question! I HATE tuna and at times canned chicken tastes (to me) like canned tuna. Does this recipe *need* chicken? If it does do you think I could substitute shredded regular chicken?!?!
    OR, is the chicken flavor so mild that I wouldn’t think someone slipped me some fish?!?!

    • You probably don’t want to leave out the chicken entirely because it’s really important for the texture I’m sure that cooked, shredded chicken would be fine, just lots more work for you! Honestly, the canned chicken flavor is not strong at all so you might not mind it! The cream cheese definitely overpowers the chicken flavors, and after it’s refrigerated, the flavors really meld together.

    • lindsayballen October 26, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply Author

      Oh you can definitely make this a day ahead. I’ve done it several times. Hope everyone at the party likes it!

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