Smoky, cheesy, Barbecue Chicken Pasta that cooks all in one pot! Plus, bacon
First of all, this pasta is totally amazing. You would not believe how well barbecue sauce goes with pasta!
Second, it’s a remake. Throughout the next few months, I’m hoping to remake and rephotograph a collection of older posts that just have terrible photos. This will give me a chance to update everything and hopefully make things more appealing for you as readers!
Most of the recipes I’m going to be redoing are ones that I posted when only my mom was reading my blog, so they are most likely ones you haven’t seen before. You can see by the comments that several people have already made and enjoyed the recipe, and after making this again to photograph, we are definitely going to be adding it back in to our regular rotation!
I love using my slow cooker to cook a whole chicken. It is pretty much my favourite thing. A whole roasted chicken isn’t something most people think of when they think “quick, weeknight dinner”, but it can be! Just throw it in, season it, and let it cook all day long.
This post isn’t even about slow cooker chicken. It’s about slow cooker chicken leftovers (though when I remade this to update it, I started with raw chicken breasts — so definitely either way works!).
If you’d like to try making a whole chicken in the slow cooker, just throw it in with a couple cups of water or broth, season it with seasoning salt, garlic, barbecue sauce, whatever you like and set it on low for a good 10 hours. I wouldn’t want to do it any less than 10 hours, unless your slow cooker is on the hot side.
So anyway, the day after we had this slow cooker chicken, I had all this wonderful, chopped, cooked chicken sitting in my fridge and absolutely zero inspiration. I mean zero.
I get home pretty early from work (2:45) so I usually have lots of time to make supper. Lots of time to plan ahead. But instead of taking anything out or figuring out what I was going to make with it, I just sat on the couch surfing Pinterest for inspiration while my daughter watched cartoons.
I finally stumbled across this recipe I had made once for a sausage-alfredo-type one-pot pasta. I thought it would be pretty tasty with chicken and bacon.
I started this recipe following it relatively closely. When I tasted it at the end, I just needed something more…..
I started scanning the contents of my refrigerator.
In a pasta?
It’s a little ridiculous.
I went back and forth about it for a bit. But then I figured, it goes with pizza, which is a grain, so this is pretty much the same thing, right?
We really liked it! There’s not so much barbecue sauce in it that the noodles are smothered in it, it just adds a nice sweet, smokiness to the sauce. The BBQ flavour is still subtle.
And it’s made completely in one pot! Do you know how much I love that??
If you don’t have cooked chicken and want to use raw, you can still cook it in one pot, just make sure you check the note at the bottom.
Give it a try, and be sure to let me know what you think!
- 2 slices bacon, chopped
- ½ medium onion, finely chopped
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 cups whole wheat rotini (or other short pasta)
- 2 cooked, chopped chicken breasts (for raw, see note below)
- ⅓ cup barbecue sauce
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar, marble or mozza cheese
- In a large pan, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is browned. Drain as much of the fat off as you can.
- Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Add the broth, tomatoes, milk, pepper flakes, salt and pasta and bring back to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 5 minutes. Stir, then replace cover and cook another 5 minutes. Stir and continue cooking 4-5 minutes uncovered, until noodles are cooked.
- Stir in chicken, barbecue sauce and cheese and cook 1-2 minutes until heated through.
Recipe inspired by this pasta from A Bitchin’ Kitchen.
Love your pasta? Check out these recipes from friends!
Tagliatelle with Pork & Fennel Ragu from Olives and Garlic.
Parmesan Garlic Shrimp Fettucine from Pumpkin and Spice.
Turkey Tetrazzini from Spicy Southern Kitchen.
You might also like this easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce!