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One-Pot Barbecue Chicken Pasta in a white bowl

One-Pot Barbecue Chicken Pasta

BBQ Chicken Pasta is quick, easy, and cooked in one pan Loaded with chicken, bacon, cheese, and BBQ flavors, it's a crowd-pleaser!
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword one-pot barbecue chicken pasta, one-pot chicken pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 514kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup Barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 pound uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 green onions, ends trimmed and chopped
  • bacon crumbles, optional


  • In a pot over medium heat, add bacon. Cook, stirring regularly until it begins to render fat. 
  • Add onions, garlic and bell peppers. Cook, stirring regularly, until limp and aromatic.
  • Add chicken breast and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add tomatoes and cook, mashing with the back of the spoon, until softened and release juice. 
  • Add broth, barbecue sauce, and red pepper flakes. Stir until combined and bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and stir to prevent from sticking together. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked but firm to bite. Stir every 5 minutes to prevent pasta from burning and sticking to the pan. 
  • Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Continue to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add cheddar cheese and stir just until melted.  
  • Garnish with green onions, and bacon crumbles, if desired. Serve hot.


Serving: 348g | Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 25.7g | Fat: 24.1g | Saturated Fat: 10.5g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1617mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1350IU | Vitamin C: 50.3mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 2.9mg