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

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and generously coat a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 132mg Sodium: 745mg Carbohydrates: 33g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 32g
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.