BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta

Delicious, filling, fortifying, and protein-packed: the adjectives to describe this incredible casserole dish! My BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta combines the sweet heat of barbecue sauce with zesty ranch seasoning, crunchy bacon, and creamy sour cream to make a delicious and simple weeknight meal! This is a dish I can guarantee your husbands will request again!

The BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta in a casserole dish after being cooked.

My disclaimer here is this: I am a mayonnaise snob. I am all about Duke’s Mayo, all the time. Why am I telling you this? Because I was walking the aisle in my local grocery store when I spied a bottle of barbecue sauce made by Duke’s! I knew I had to to try it but wasn’t sure what to use it on. It was then that I started thinking of amazing flavors that could be combined to make a tasty and filling meal! I love the addition of pasta because it gives the dish a surprising element that most don’t use with BBQ but absolutely should! Try it and you’ll understand why.

What is the best way to cook bacon?

Over the years, I have experimented with how to cook bacon often. We eat it almost weekly 🙂 I have found the best way is as follows: Grease a baking sheet that has sides and place each piece of bacon side by side. They can be touching, but not overlapping. Place in a COLD oven. Next, preheat the oven to 375 F and cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on how crispy you like the bacon. This is such an easy method and the mess is so minimal! It’s that simple!

Can this be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can make this dish up to 48 hours before you need to cook. Simply follow the instructions in the recipe card up until the baking part. Place an air-tight lid over top and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days before cooking. It’s great for a busy day when you know cooking would be tough. None of the textures or flavors will be affected! Bake as instructed when you are ready to eat!

The ingredients laid out for the BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta.

Ingredients for our BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta:

  • Shredded Chicken
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Sour Cream
  • Diced Tomatoes (Del Monte)
  • Pasta
  • Ranch Seasoning

How to make our BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta:

First, preheat the oven to 375 F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, sour cream, and the dry ranch seasoning. Mix until the ingredients are completely combined.

A clear mixing bowl with barbecue sauce, sour cream and dry ranch seasoning in it.

Once mixed, in the same bowl, add the shredded chicken, diced bacon, 1/2 the cheese (reserve the rest for the topping), sour cream, and the can of diced tomatoes. Be sure to drain the tomatoes before adding them to the mixture.

A large clear mixing bowl with diced tomatoes, cheese, bacon, cooked pasta, and shredded chicken right before being mixed.

Stir to fully combine.

In a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish, spread the chicken mixture evenly all over. Top with the remaining cheese. You can always add more cheese here if that suits you and your family! Drizzle with bout 1/4th cup of BBQ sauce.

The barbecue mixture and chicken mixture combined and spread evenly in a casserole dish.
  • One of the reasons I love this BBQ sauce is because it comes in the squeeze bottle, so the drizzle part of above is super easy. If you don’t have a squeeze bottle, simply pour into a measuring cup and pour over the casserole as evenly as you can.
The chicken mixture topped with shredded cheese and drizzled with barbecue sauce right before being cooked.

Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered. The cheese will be nice and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve!

The BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta after being cooked, on a table next to the container of barbecue sauce.

One of my husband’s most favorite flavors is barbecue. I don’t usually love it so that naturally translates into me not using it as a common ingredient. (Sorry babe.) I’m so glad I switched it up! This casserole is so good and combines MY favorite flavor – bacon – with a lot of other great tastes and textures. The pasta adds a great component that rounds out the dish to make it filling and comforting. Hope you enjoy!

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Yield: 12 Servings

BBQ Chicken Pasta Casserole with Pasta

Casserole cooked and ready to be served.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Cups Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 can (14.5oz) Diced Tomatoes with onions and green peppers
  • 1 TBS dried ranch seasoning
  • 16 ounces penne pasta, cooked (1 box)
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup diced, cooked bacon
  • 1 Cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 Cups of chicken, cooked (about 1 1/4th pounds)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, ranch seasoning, and BBQ sauce. Mix.
  3. Add the cooked chicken, cooked pasta, 1/2 the cheese, diced bacon and drained, canned tomatoes to the BBQ mixture and fully combine.
  4. Spread the mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining cheese and drizzle with about 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 Servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 24g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)



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