Four Cheese Barbecued Chicken Pasta!

I really love barbecue and the taste of barbecue sauce.  I have rarely met a barbecued 'anything' I didn't like.  Of course, some barbecue is far superior to others and I do prefer my homemade barbecue sauce to the store bought, but I use the store bought sometimes also.

 I had some chicken breasts and I had some barbecue sauce and a taste for pasta of some kind, so I decided to try a barbecue chicken pasta dish.

 The results turned out better than I expected and even the pickiest of eaters loved it.  My husband, who doesn't care for a lot of barbecue sauce flavor even loved it and I ate some leftover for lunch today and it was even tastier.

 Here is what you will need:

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
1 bottle barbecue sauce of your choice
1/2 can or about 1 1/2 cups Coke
10 oz. pasta (bowtie, penne, rotinni)
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 cups cheddar cheese  ( 1 for cheese sauce and 1 for topping)
8 oz cream cheese
6 slices Swiss cheese
8-9 slices bacon
blackened seasoning
garlic powder

Sprinkle some chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and just a little blackened seasoning (optional).  You only need about three chicken breasts.  I cooked a whole package and will use the rest for another meal.  I am thinking about a barbecue chicken salad...yum! 

Pour 1/2 can of Coke over the chicken.  You can use Diet Coke.  Cover with any kind of barbecue sauce you like.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour.  These were large so I cooked them for an hour.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Once cool chop about three of them into bite size pieces.

Cook about 8 or 9 strips of bacon until crisp. 

Make a cheese sauce.  I do this in the microwave.  Melt 1/2 stick butter, add 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, microwave for 30 seconds.  Whisk in 3 cups milk and microwave 3 minutes.  Whisk again removing any lumps.  Add cream cheese (softened and cubed), Parmesan cheese, and cheddar cheese.  Microwave 3-4 more minutes and whisk again to remove any lumps.  It should be thickened somewhat at this point and the cheeses melted.

Add 2 Tbs. of barbecue sauce to the cheese sauce and whisk well.  If you like the taste of barbecue a lot, like I do, you could add 3 Tbs. to the sauce at this point.

Boil 10 ounces of pasta just until it is al dente. I use bowtie, but penne or rotinni would work well also.  This will be a little more than 1/2  of a 1 lb. box.  Add the drained pasta to the cheese sauce and mix together.  Pour half of it into a 9"x13" baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Layer about 1/2 of the chicken over this.

Layer the rest of pasta/cheese sauce next with the rest of chicken over this. Drizzle this layer with more barbecue sauce. I just used about a 1/4 of a cup.

Layer Swiss cheese slices over the last chicken layer.

Finish with the chopped bacon and the rest of the cheddar cheese.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until bubbly and the cheese is starting to brown...about 30-40 minutes.

So delicious!!!


  1. Mmmm! I love bbq anything, too!
    This looks yummy!!!

    1. Even my picky eaters liked it! Thanks for stopping in. :)

  2. mmmmmm, gonna see if i can get away with this, cause i could just drink BBQ sauce from the bottle, lol

  3. Oh gosh at the calories this must have!!! But it looks sooooo yummy so I am going to have to give it a try.

  4. My Son and 16 yr old Grandson are going to DROOL over this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Cant wait to make this.. looks delicious

  6. Could you use Pepsi instead of Coke for this recipe?



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