Bite-sized chunks of chicken in a light barbecue-style sauce combine with pasta, bacon, creamy melted gouda and a bit of fresh cilantro to make this flavorful baked pasta casserole.

Baked Barbecue Chicken Pasta

Flavored with a light and simple barbecue-style sauce, this tasty pasta casserole combines tender chunks of chicken with creamy melted cheese, bacon, onion and a bit of fresh cilantro to make an easy one-dish dinner.

Baked Barbecue Chicken Pasta

Baked Barbecue Chicken Pasta

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Bite-sized chunks of chicken in a light barbecue-style sauce combine with pasta, bacon, creamy melted gouda, and a bit fresh cilantro to make this flavorful baked pasta casserole.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 ounces pasta, penne, rotini, ziti
  • 1/4 lb bacon, preferably thick-cut, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, or parsley, chopped
  • 4 ounces smoked, or regular Gouda cheese, coarsely grated

For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chipotle pepper sauce, more or less to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and generously coat a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  • Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  • Fry the bacon until crisp, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan and add the red onion.
  • Sauté the onion until softened, 2 minutes, then add the chicken and continue cooking, stirring often, until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes longer.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add the reserved bacon and combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken cools, prepare the sauce by combining the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, vinegar and mustard in a measuring cup. Stir in the chipotle pepper sauce to taste.
  • Add the sauce to the chicken mixture along with the scallions, cilantro and all but 1/4 cup of the grated cheese. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Calories: 402kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 132mg, Sodium: 745mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g
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