Make pasta more interesting with succulent chicken and smoky bacon in a sweet barbecue sauce.
This barbecue chicken and bacon pasta recipe is one of those happy accidents that came about when I was raiding my fridge trying to come up with something for dinner. I can’t remember what it was I’d been planning to cook, but I went to the fridge only to discover that due to my poor planning, whatever it was had gone out of date (I really really must start checking the labels when my shopping arrives). So it was emergency dinner time.
Whenever I have a dinner emergency I’ll usually head towards pasta. It’s pretty quick, very easy, and can be made to go with pretty much anything. But what to put with it?
Fortunately I had quite a bit to choose from and opted for some leftover roast chicken, smoked streaky bacon, and some experimental barbecue sauce (which was roughly based on this recipe from BBC good food) that I’d made the day before and put into the fridge until I could think what to use it for. Being a fan of hunter’s chicken, I knew that this combination of chicken, bacon and barbecue sauce should work well, so I flung it all together, sprinkled some grated cheese on top and ta dah… yummy emergency dinner .
The barbecue sauce isn’t the thick, brown kind that you’d use to dip your chips in to. It’s a tomato based sauce with hints of barbecue flavour, which are then further enhanced by the smoked bacon.
What are your go to foods to cook when you have a dinner emergency?
This recipe can be easily doubled if you’re cooking for more people. Just be aware that it might take a little longer to reduce the sauce to the right consistency. It’s also suitable for freezing (sauce only), just make sure you defrost it thoroughly in the fridge before reheating, and that it is piping hot when you reheat it. If you are planning on chilling or freezing the sauce to use later then I’d suggest cooking the sauce for 10 minutes less than suggested in the recipe. That way it can continue to reduce down further when you reheat it later. If you haven’t done this then simply add a little water to the sauce when reheating to stop it burning.
Barbecue chicken and bacon pasta nutritional information per serving
This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.