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BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake. Turn any type of leftover chicken into a delicious comfort food meal in under an hour. The whole family will love it.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake close up phot of a singe serving on a white plate

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake.

 

Originally published August 2016.

I didn’t actually set out to develop this BBQ chicken pasta recipe. Once again, it was a matter of time and necessity that spurred it into existence.

Trying to keep up with teenagers schedules this summer has left our normal dinner routine in the dust. Between summer jobs and their never ending socializing with friends, it is a challenge to sit down for a meal together.

Nonetheless, we try.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake close up photo of the pasts bake just out of the oven

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake.

On this occasion we had about an hour opening to actually eat lunch together. Just a short time before they were out the door for the rest of the day. And likely the evening too.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake wide shot of an entire serving with garlic flower garnish

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake.

A real fridge cleaner recipe.

Spouse and I started cleaning out the fridge to see what we could put together quickly.  

Some ripe tomatoes, leftover BBQ chicken and about a half cup of BBQ sauce were in need of being put to quick use.  So were the ends of blocks of mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake photo of completed dish with title text added for Pinterest

We decided to turn it into a quick pasta bake using the last of a big bag of rotini that we also had on hand. 

Needless to say plates were cleared and this dish was thoroughly enjoyed by our busy teens.

This need not be just a summer dish though. Since I first posted this recipe we have used leftover grilled chicken as well.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake photo of the finished pasta bake in a Corningware casserole dish

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake.

I’ve also pulled apart leftovers from a roast chicken dinner to make it for time to time. Basically, any leftover chicken you have can be used to make this easy and delicious recipe.

Of course you can always dice and sauté fresh chicken as well. It’s a great recipe to make using boneless, skinless breasts or thighs.

You can also try making your own BBQ Sauce for the chicken in this recipe. Our Coca Cola BBQ Sauce is particularly popular.

Coca Cola Barbecue Sauce on grilled chicken

Coca Cola Barbecue Sauce on grilled chicken

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Originally published August 2016.
 
BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake close up phot of a singe serving on a white plate
Yield: 6 Servings

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake - turn leftover chicken into a delicious comfort food meal in under an hour. The whole family will love it.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rigatoni, uncooked (rotini also works)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups large tomatoes, diced (about 4 )
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 red pepper, diced (optional)
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes, or 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup black beans (cooked or canned. Rinse if using canned)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 cups bbq chicken, leftover, chopped or shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta in well salted water as instructed on the package until al dente, then drain in a colander. Be careful not to overcook the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and sauté for about a minute or two until the onions soften but do not brown.
  3. Turn heat to high and toss in the tomatoes, brown sugar & chilli flakes and cook until the tomatoes just start to break down.
  4. Add the red pepper and cook for an additional few minutes until the juice from the tomatoes has mostly cooked off.
  5. Add the bbq sauce, corn & black beans, then season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in the leftover bbq chicken and the cooked, drained pasta.
  7. Transfer to a greased 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.
  8. Mix the grated cheeses together and sprinkle on top.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes and serve.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

g

Amount Per Serving Calories 642Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 94mgSodium 962mgCarbohydrates 73gFiber 10gSugar 24gProtein 38g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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emma

Monday 23rd of November 2020

If I was to make this for a pot luck, what would be better.......bake at home and reheat at host's house, or, bake at the host's house just before serving. Just wondering if the pasta would absorb too much of the sauce if I delayed the baking. Your Butter Chicken recipe is amazing by the way. You nailed it!

rob garner

Thursday 12th of September 2019

Looks GREAT - however- I think it'll work just fine for what I was ACTUALLY looking for- that is, what to do with my leftover BBQ chicken. I'm doing this recipe but using my 8 legs of leftover BBQ chicken to chop up and throw in. Skin and all- I'm a FlavorHound.

Elaine

Friday 12th of April 2019

I google for a leftover BBQ chicken pasts dish and yours looked good. Sorry found it hard to find the actual recipe, so gave up and moved to another site. I couldn't find anywhere which showed the actual recipe, The recipe looked good though

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Interesting that you actually passed the recipe to get to the comments section of the page. Slow down, the recipes ARE there. Wouldn't be much point of me posting pics and no recipe on a recipe blog would there?

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