One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 5 servings

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This One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta is smoky and savory, with tender chicken breast, crispy bacon, and your favorite BBQ sauce — an easy one pan dinner idea the family will love!

one pot bbq chicken pasta in cast iron pan with green handle

I know this sounds a little crazy, but trust me on this one: bbq sauce and pasta are an awesome combination!

When I first created this recipe back in 2017, it was an original idea! You just didn’t see BBQ sauce in pasta like you do now.

I mean, I’ve always been firmly in the camp of people who put barbecue sauce in everything, so it was never a stretch for us.

This BBQ Chicken Pasta is an easy, one pot meal that the whole family loves!

And when I find an easy dinner idea that my kids will eat without grumbling, and cooks in just one pot, I just want to shout it from the rooftops.

Am I the only one?

(Some of our other faves? This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta, this Rigatoni Pasta Bake and this Sun Dried Tomato Pasta!)

one pot bbq chicken pasta on plate close up shot with parsley in background

This recipe came about one day when I was still working out of the home, and needed something super quick to feed my two year old. And we know how 2 year olds can be.

Since then, this pasta has been a regular on our rotation and for good reason — it’s delicious.

If your family loves all things BBQ chicken — like we do! — then I know they’ll love this, too!

overhead barbecue chicken pasta plate on marble with beige towel

Variations on this One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta:

  • You can leave out the diced tomatoes if you don’t have them or don’t like them, but you will want to increase the cooking liquid (either the broth or the milk) by ¼ cup.
  • The milk just adds a little creaminess but isn’t essential. If you don’t have any or want to keep this recipe dairy free, just swap it for chicken broth and leave out the cheese if need be.
  • Any short variety of pasta works in here! Changing it out won’t change the cook time significantly.
  • If you want more spice, choose a spicy barbecue sauce or add an extra pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • You can skip the bacon if you don’t have any or prefer not to use it! You will just need to add a bit of oil to cook your onion and chicken.

*This post and images were updated from its original post in June 2017

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One Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta

5 from 17 votes
This One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta is smoky and savory, with tender chicken breast, crispy bacon, and your favorite BBQ sauce — an easy one pan dinner idea the family will love!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 5 servings
Calories 393cal


  • 2 slices bacon chopped
  • ½ medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt (1 teaspoon if using low sodium chicken broth)
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 398 ml canned diced tomatoes (14oz)
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 cups rotini (or other short pasta) about 225 grams
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese marble or mozza cheese


  • In a large pan, cook bacon and onion until onion is lightly browned and bacon is near crispy.
  • Add the chicken (we don't drain the fat as it's going to prevent our chicken from sticking!), and cook until just browned on the outside, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, salt and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any stuck on bits.
  • Add the tomatoes, milk and barbecue sauce and stir until combined. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and add in pasta.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook on a low simmer, stirring often, until pasta is al dente (you may wish to cover the pan near the end of the cook time if the pasta is no longer submerged in the liquid).
  • Stir in cheese and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 393cal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1249mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords bbq chicken, bbq chicken pasta, one pot pasta

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Rosa Teniteni says

    I’m actually doing this recipe atm.. I wasn’t going to add the BBQ sauce but after reading comments, I am..
    Also after reading recipe properly, I see it’s 3 cups of ‘uncooked’ pasta.(I have a pot of salted water coming to the boil.., now I see I don’t need..)
    I’ve never cooked a pasta dish this way, I’m nervous..
    It says it’s 5 servings. I have BIG eaters in the house so suspect I’m going to have to double..
    Wish me luck! And Thank you, I’ll let youknow how it goes..

  2. CHRISTINE says

    OUTRAGEOUSLY DELICIOUS!!! Ashley, you’ve done it again! Thank you so much!
    I did not use bacon, but everything else followed your recipe. PERFECT!

  3. Jen says

    update: Made this in my power pressure cooker, still super good! Sautéed the bacon/onion/chicken inside the pot, then cooked it per the directions, under pressure for about 6 min (do whatever short time your pot has for rice/pasta – it doesn’t take long for pasta), it came out quick and perfect!

  4. Franziska Appel says

    This was fantastic,reminds me a little bit of my goulash I make .We will make this again.Thank you for sharing!

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