My kids really love this dish. It seems to take a bit longer to make so I only make it every 3-4 months.
BBQ Chicken and Pasta Bake
- 2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 bottle barbecue sauce
- 1/2 to 1 can Coca Cola
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 box pasta (bowtie, penne, rotini)
- 1/4 c. stick butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 c. milk
- 1 c. Parmesan Cheese
- 2-3 c. cheddar cheese
- 1 block of cream cheese, cubed
- 8-10 slices Swiss cheese
- 10-12 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Preheat the oven to 350.
Grease a 9×13 baking pan. (You will need a second pan to assemble the dish in.)
Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place in baking dish.
Pour 1/2 can of Coca Cola over the chicken, use the other half if you have room without overflowing.
Pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Shred chicken and add back to the sauce.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and whisk together. Whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened.
Add the cheeses, reserving 1-2 cups of the cheddar for the top, and cook until melted and creamy.
Cook the pasta according to the directions for ‘al dente’. Drain and add to the cheese sauce.
Spoon a layer of pasta and sauce into a greased 9×13 pan. Top with a layer of chicken and sauce. Repeat, ending with a layer of chicken.
Spoon some of the BBQ sauce from the chicken over the layers.
Layer Swiss cheese slices over the last chicken layer.
Sprinkle with bacon crumbles and remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake about 30 – 45 minutes at 350.
**Note: The chicken could be cooked in the crockpot also. Just place the chicken, cola, and bbq sauce in a crockpot on low 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours.