Cheesy BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake

BBQ Chicken Pasta

BBQ is one of my go-to comfort foods. I’m constantly loading up a slow cooker with that sweet, tangy sauce and any kind of meat I have handy… chicken, pork, ribs… I believe just about anything tastes good with a little BBQ sauce on it. I just happened to have a bit of leftover slow-cooked BBQ chicken that could have easily become standard, run of the mill sandwiches. But I imagined something greater for that leftover chicken. So behold: a creamy, cheesy casserole full of tangy, ooey-gooey goodness.

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake


BBQ Chicken Pasta

Container count per serving: 1 red, 1/8 green, 1/2 purple, 2 yellow, 1 blue, 1 tsp.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 cups cooked whole grain pasta (I used rotini)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 cups clean BBQ sauce. If you can’t find any at the store you can make your own
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat 2 tsp. of the oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. When the oil is hot, whisk in the flour until it becomes a paste. Cook until the flour becomes a caramel color, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
  2. Add the almond milk slowly, whisking until it thickens. Mix in the salt, pepper, and ground mustard. Next, add 1 cup of the cheese and whisk until melted and well combined.
  3. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add the remaining 2 tsp. of oil. Add the chopped red onions and green onions and cook until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the onions to the cheese mixture.
  4. In a casserole dish, add the cooked pasta, chicken and 1 1/2 cups of the BBQ sauce. Mix well until combined. Next, add the cheese sauce and mix well. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and 1/3 cup of cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted on top. Top with more green onions, if desired.


Cheesy BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake

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2 Comments on “Cheesy BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake

  1. Thanks for the shoutout to my little bbq recipe. Yours looks yummy!

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