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Easy Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake. Just as advertised, super simple creamy sauce with only 2 ingredients, then just add your bacon and ziti/penne pasta and bake this pasta casserole in the oven.
This creamy chicken pasta casserole would be perfect for those nights when you don't have a lot of time, but need something filling to feed the family.
It's a great way to use up any leftover rotisserie chicken, or in Australia what we call a BBQ Chicken - don't know why because it's not barbecued! I have also used smoked bacon, you can taste the extra flavour from the smoke through the whole dish. Yum. Plus who doesn't love a creamy pasta bake?
I hope you enjoy this creamy chicken and bacon pasta bake, or bbq chicken pasta bake to us Aussies!
Some more leftover chicken recipes you might like
One Pot Creamy Chicken Gnocchi - creamy chicken gnocchi soup made with leftover rotisserie chicken but NO cream!
Chicken Mornay Baked Potatoes - loaded baked potatoes topped with a creamy chicken, bacon and avocado mornay sauce.
Chicken Stuffing Bake - so easy to make from scratch, no stuffing mix required.
Table of Contents
Easy Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake
- 2 cups leftover shredded chicken about 200g
- 250 g dried macaroni pasta (see notes)
- pinch of fine salt very small pinch!
- 4 rashers smoked bacon roughly chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves crushed
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 300 ml pure cream
- 2 teaspoon butter
- ⅔ cup fresh parmesan cheese grated (50g)
- ⅓ cup shredded mozzarella not fresh (40g)
- Pre heat oven to 180c ff / 355 f
- Cook pasta according to packet directions (I only add a very small pinch of salt to the water) minus 1 min, then drain & return to pot, adding 2 teaspoon of butter and stirring lightly to coat
- While pasta is cooking, place bacon in a small non-stick fry pan/skillet and fry for 6-8 mins, then add garlic and rosemary to pan & continue to fry for 1 min then remove pan from heat
- Add bacon mixture to cooked pasta & stir lightly to mix, then add cream & shredded parmesan to pasta, mixing to coat, then add chicken & mix again until incorporated
- Tip chicken and pasta mixture into an a baking dish, top with shredded mozzarella and bake uncovered for about 20 mins, or until peaks are lightly browned, then serve immediately
Delicious. Made this for dinner. The only thing I did different was use basil in place of rosemary. Added a 1/4 cup frozen peas for a little color. Will definitely make it again.
Sorry to be a downer, but I found this very bland. I had to add a couple tbsp of cream cheese, salt and pepper, and some hot sauce to enhance the flavours. Some more herbs and spices would definitely make this a great mid-week dinner.
That's ok Debbie! Thanks for your honesty - glad you made the recipe work for you!
Fabulous !! I used Coles oven baked chicken leftover and penne pasta I had in pantry and didn't add a thing. Topped with Mozzarella, cheddar & Pecorino cheese mix. So tasty!
My pleasure, Maree!
Man who cooks---a lot
Yummo and so easy
Looks delicious, but I wish it was in ounces, cups, tablespoons, etc.
I’d love to make this over the weekend for a weekday meal, can I put it together and put it in the fridge to bake another day?
Hi Rebecca! I haven’t done it myself but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I would give it a good stir before topping it with the cheese before it goes in the oven. The pasta will also soak up some of the cream too so it will be a bit less saucy.
Good luck, I’d love to know how it goes!
Hi can I use chicken breast instead of roast chicken
Any kind of cooked chicken will do Kylie!
I didn't see it in the recipe but I'm assuming I drain all the grease off the bacon ?
Hi Brenda! I actually add the whole lot to the pasta - bacon grease and all. It adds heaps of flavour! Completely fine if you want to drain the grease off if you like though, totally up to you! Lx
I used this recipe as inspiration as I changed quite a bit just to use up leftovers and it was Omg 😋 delicious!!
A little bit of leftover chook goes a long way, it's amazing what you can pick off the frame. I only had 2 bacon heads (meaty part not the tails) but was perfect for a bit of saltiness. Instead of cream I used creme fraiche and I mixed it in with cooked rigatoni, and a combo of sauteed Spinich, grated sweet potato, zucchini, finely diced mushroom and a blob of leftover pumpkin soup (maybe 3-4 tablespoons). A small handful of grated cheese, mixed all together and topped with a finely grated crust of sourdough crust (the end of the bread that no one eats). 20 mins to bake in the oven and it tasted Amazing! Used up all our leftovers and not one mouthful leftover
..thanks for the inspiration!
You go Tracy! Sounds amazing, leftovers for the win!
Thanks for sharing