BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta

While many people enjoy barbecue chicken breast or chicken wings, not everyone enjoys eating them by themselves. That’s why you can find recipes for barbecue chicken recipes that have a variety of different meats and veggies. Some of these include chicken pieces, chicken wings, and even the tenders. When it comes to barbecue recipes, there are some that call for bbq sauce, and some don’t. However, there is something else that is always a part of every recipe. Yes, that’s right! You guessed it… Pasta. Barbecue chicken recipes are usually paired with pasta.

If you’re looking for a hearty yet simple dinner recipe, check out our BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta recipe. We’ve replaced the traditional mayonnaise-based sauce with a homemade creamy spicy BBQ sauce made from the classic BBQ sauce, Dijon mustard, honey and a little bit of hot sauce. You’ll love the rich, savory flavor of the BBQ sauce paired with the sweetness of the honey and the spiciness of the mustard and hot sauce.

I’ve recently become interested in making my own pasta dishes, so that I can control the ingredients. Not only does it save money, but I feel better knowing exactly what’s in my food. The other day, I had leftover BBQ chicken. I used that for my chicken/pasta dish. Just a simple chicken/pasta dish. For real. I mean, it’s nothing extravagant, but it was really good. I think I’ll have to make it again. My hubby liked it too.

The words to describe this amazing casserole meal are delicious, full, fortifying, and protein-packed! BBQ Chicken Casserole with Pasta blends the sweet heat of barbecue sauce with zesty ranch dressing, crispy bacon, and creamy sour cream for a tasty and easy weekday dinner! I’m certain your men will want this meal again!


Here’s my disclaimer: I’m a mayonnaise snob. Duke’s Mayo is my absolute favorite. I’m not sure why I’m telling you this. Because I was going down the aisle of my local supermarket when I came upon a bottle of Duke’s barbecue sauce! I knew I had to give it a go, but I wasn’t sure how. It was then that I began to imagine a variety of delicious tastes that might be blended to create a delicious and full dinner! I love the inclusion of pasta since it adds a surprise aspect to the meal that most people don’t utilize with BBQ but should! You’ll see why after you try it.

What is the best method for preparing bacon?

I’ve experimented with cooking bacon a lot over the years. We eat it nearly every week. The best method, in my opinion, is as follows: Place each slice of bacon side by side on a baking sheet with sides that has been greased. They may be in close proximity but not overlap. Place in a VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the bacon for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on how crispy you want it. This is a really simple technique with very little mess! That’s all there is to it!

Is it possible to prepare this ahead of time?

Absolutely! You may prepare this meal up to 48 hours ahead of time. Simply follow the recipe card’s directions until you get to the baking phase. Refrigerate for up to 2 days before cooking by covering with an airtight lid. It’s ideal for a hectic day when you know cooking would be difficult. There will be no changes to the textures or tastes! When you’re ready to eat, bake as directed!


Ingredients for our Pasta and BBQ Chicken Casserole:

  • Chicken Shredded
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Cheese that has been shredded
  • Bacon
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Tomatoes, diced (Del Monte)
  • Pasta
  • Seasoning from the ranch

How to prepare our Pasta and BBQ Chicken Casserole:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the barbecue sauce, sour cream, and dry ranch seasoning in a large mixing basin. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.


Add the shredded chicken, chopped bacon, 1/2 of the cheese (save the rest for the topping), sour cream, and diced tomatoes to the same bowl after everything has been combined. Before adding the tomatoes to the mixture, make sure they’re completely dry.


To thoroughly mix, stir everything together.

Spread the chicken mixture equally in a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. The remaining cheese should be sprinkled on top. You may easily add extra cheese if you and your family like it! Drizzle about a quarter cup of BBQ sauce on top.


  • One of the reasons I like this BBQ sauce is because it comes in a squeeze container, which makes the drizzling portion of the recipe a breeze. If you don’t have a squeeze bottle, pour the sauce into a measuring cup and pour equally over the casserole.


Cover and bake for 25 minutes. The cheese will be bubbling and delicious. Remove the dish from the oven and serve!


Barbecue is one of my husband’s favorite tastes. Because I don’t typically like it, I don’t use it as a regular ingredient. (I apologize, sweetheart.) I’m really happy I changed things up! This dish is delicious and incorporates my favorite flavor — bacon – along with a variety of other delicious flavors and textures. The pasta adds a nice touch to the meal, making it more full and cozy. I hope you enjoy yourselves!

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Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 25 minutes

35-minute total time


  • Colby Jack Cheese (about 2-3 cups)
  • 1 Diced Tomatoes with Onions and Green Peppers (14.5oz)
  • 1 tbsp ranch seasoning (dry)
  • 16 oz. cooked penne pasta (1 box)
  • 1 quart of sour cream
  • 1 cup cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 gallon barbecue sauce
  • 3 cups cooked chicken (about 1 1/4 pound)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the sour cream, ranch seasoning, and BBQ sauce in a large mixing basin. Mix.
  3. Combine the cooked chicken, cooked pasta, 1/2 cup cheese, chopped bacon, and drained canned tomatoes with the BBQ sauce.
  4. In a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, spread the ingredients.
  5. Top with the remaining cheese and a quarter cup of BBQ sauce.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered.
  7. Enjoy!

Information about nutrition:


Servings: 12

Size of Serving:

1 tbsp. per serving 368 calories 20g total fat 9g Saturated Fat 0g trans fat 9g of unsaturated fat 90 milligrams of cholesterol 594mg sodium 22g carbohydrate 1 gram of fiber 10 g sugar 24 g protein

(Nutritional information is an estimate that may vary depending on cooking techniques and ingredient brands utilized.)

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The base of this casserole is a no-fuss way to cook up some chicken breast, but you wouldn’t know it by the number of ingredients that combine for a delicious meal. You’ll start by seasoning the chicken, then sauteing it in your choice of oil, and finally layering it on top of a fresh, filling pasta. This recipe is geared towards people who want to cut out the carbs, but still want a delicious, comforting dish.. Read more about bbq chicken penne and let us know what you think.

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Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.