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One Pan Chicken BBQ Pasta

A One Pan Chicken BBQ Pasta dinner loaded with bacon, chicken, cheese and a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce all cooked in one pan for easy clean up! Plus it's ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!
Author: Lisa Kerhin


  • 6 slices bacon reserved 2 slices for garnish if desired
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock or chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 12 oz box rotini pasta (I use Ronzoni® Smart Taste® pasta)
  • ⅓ - ½ cup Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet and Spicy barbecue sauce use your favorite BBQ sauce
  • cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
  • chopped green onion and extra bacon crumbles for garnish optional


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until it's crisp. Remove from pan and drain all of the grease except for about 1 tablespoon. Chop bacon into large crumbles and set aside.
  • Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 - 4 minutes then add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add chicken breast and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You just want to brown the chicken, it will continue to cook once you add the other ingredients.
  • Add the bacon crumbles, chicken broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, milk, BBQ sauce, red pepper flakes, and pasta and bring back to a boil. Season with additional salt and pepper, if it needs it. Give it all a good stir so that the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the skillet.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Stir every 5 minutes to prevent pasta from burning and sticking to pan.
  • Add in cheese and stir to combine, let cook 1 -2 minutes more or until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with chopped green onion and the extra bacon crumbles, if desired.


You can also skip the browning of the chicken step and use already cooked chicken from the grocery store or from your freezer. Just add the already cooked chicken in step four of the instructions.