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Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta

December 10, 2019 (Last Updated: May 18, 2021) by Chris Collins

Looking for ways to use up leftover roast chicken? Look no further than this quick, easy and dang right delicious Chicken and Bacon Pasta!

There’s so many different ways to use up leftover rotisserie chicken, but nothing more delicious than a creamy, carby, bacon-loaded pasta. Plus, it goes from pan to plate in less than 30mins. Hungry? Follow me…

overhead shot of chicken pasta in skillet with wooden spoon digging in

Leftover Chicken Pasta

I don’t know about you, but if there’s not leftover rotisserie chicken in my fridge somewhere then something is seriously wrong. A lot of the time I’ll just get a chicken and pop in straight in the fridge to distribute out in meals throughout the week. Meals JUST like this one. Because who doesn’t love a good chicken and bacon pasta!?

I’ve been meaning to put this recipe on my blog for so so long now, but always held back. Everyone has a signature quirky/’unconventional’ meal right? Okay cool, well yeah. This is one of them. I literally make it all the time, it was only the other day my partner turned to me and asked if I’ve uploaded this before, to which I replied ‘I’m not sure if it’s blogworthy, is it?’. Pasta fell down his face and he stared blankly. That was my answer.

First things first, let’s see just quickly how easy it is to make.

How to make Leftover Chicken and Bacon Pasta (quick summary)

  1. Fry up bacon until it just begins to crisp.
  2. Add onion and fry until it softens.
  3. Add leftover chicken and garlic, fry for a minute or so longer.
  4. Pour in sour cream and double/heavy cream and sweet chilli sauce.
  5. Stir and season.
  6. Add cooked pasta & stir through parmesan.

How to make leftover roast chicken and bacon pasta - 6 step by step photos

Sweet Chilli Pasta

Sweet chilli is the one ingredient that throws people with this recipe, but it totally works. The sweet chilli sauce not only helps create the gorgeous combo that is cream and spice, but also adds a nice bit of sweetness too, which in turn is balanced out nicely by the salty bacon/parmesan.

Ensure you are using Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce or Sweet Chilli Sauce, NOT Sweet and Sour Sauce or Chilli Sauce, these are completely different and will throw off the flavour.

Can I make this with fresh chicken?

Absolutely! The way I recommend doing it is seasoning and frying up a chicken breast over medium-high heat until it’s JUST cooked through, then let it rest. Cook the bacon, onions and garlic, pour in the sauce ingredients, then slice your chicken into strips and add it in. This will ensure your chicken is flavoursome and doesn’t taste dried out. You could of course slice the chicken into bite sized chunks or even shred it with two forks.

close up shot of wooden spoon digging into skillet of pasta

How long is leftover chicken good for?

In my experience leftover roast chicken, if tightly sealed in the fridge, will stay good for 3-4 days.

Can you put cold cooked chicken in hot pasta?

I recommend adding it to the pan before the pasta, just to ensure it reheats right through and has a chance to exchange flavours with the sauce.

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this leftover chicken and bacon pasta recipe shall we?!

overhead shot of leftover chicken pasta in white bowl with two forks resting on side

How to make Leftover Chicken and Bacon Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of chicken pasta in skillet

Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta

Looking for ways to use up leftover roast chicken? Look no further than this quick, easy and dang right delicious Chicken and Bacon Pasta!
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Lunch / Main Course
Cuisine: Italian / Original / Thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories per serving: 778kcal
Cost per serving: £3 / $4

Equipment:

  • Large Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot & Colander
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Fine Cheese Grater

Ingredients (check list):

  • 7oz / 200g Penne Pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 cup / 150g Leftover Chicken, diced
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Double/Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 20g Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 4 rashers of Bacon, diced
  • 1 small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely diced
  • pinch of Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Pop 7oz/200g pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Retain a cup of pasta water just before draining.
  • Meanwhile, fry 4 diced rashers of bacon in a drizzle of oil until it just begins to crisp, then add 1 small finely diced onion. Fry until the onion begins to soften, then add 1 finely diced garlic and fry for a minute or so longer.
  • Add 1cup/150g leftover chicken just to heat it through, then add 1/4cup/60ml sour cream, 1/2cup/125ml double/heavy cream, 1/4cup/60ml sweet chilli sauce, chilli flakes (optional) and seasoning to taste.
  • Drain and stir through your pasta, then add 1/4cup/20g parmesan and give it a final stir. Thin out with pasta water as needed. Serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Leftover Chicken - I recommend using breast if you have it, but dark meat (i.e. thighs) would still work great. If you actually don't have leftover chicken, feel free to fry up a breast and chop. I recommend frying over medium/high heat until just cooked through, then start from frying bacon. Once you've stirred through the pasta, slice the chicken and combine. 
b) Bacon Fat - Only drain the fat away if there's more than about 1 tbsp worth, it adds gorgeous flavour to the sauce.
c) Sweet Chilli Sauce - Make sure it's Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce you're using, not chilli sauce or sweet and sour sauce. Spice levels will differ from brand to brand, so just be vigilant if you're not good with spice! If you want it spicier just add in more chilli flakes to taste.
d) Calories - Based on 2 tbsp extra parmesan to serve between 2 people.

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 778 Calories from Fat 425
% Daily Value*
Fat 47.23g73%
Saturated Fat 19.717g99%
Trans Fat 0.185g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.997g
Monounsaturated Fat 18.11g
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 959mg40%
Potassium 570mg16%
Carbohydrates 48.79g16%
Fiber 3.1g12%
Sugar 2.96g3%
Protein 38.64g77%
Vitamin A 1650IU33%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Lisa Labbee
    May 22, 2023 at 12:12 am

    5 stars
    I’m dairy free so I used plant based sour cream and the pasta eater in lieu of heavy cream. It was delicious!!!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 22, 2023 at 10:59 am

      Great to hear, Lisa! Thanks for the review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Mel Norieg
    April 25, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    What does “fry 4 diced rashers of bacon in a drizzle” mean? I googled that a rasher is a portion of 1 or 2 slices, but what’s a drizzle? Oil? Water?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 26, 2022 at 10:01 am

      It’s supposed to say a drizzle of oil, thanks for spotting that! In the UK we often call a ‘slice’ of bacon a ‘rasher’ of bacon. Hope this helps! C.

  • Reply
    Chad Carver
    December 29, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    5 stars
    It’s a fantastic dish for leftover chicken. I’ve been using this recipe for over a year and tweak it from time to time depending on how I seasoned my chicken when smoking or grilling. It’s a great dish to make with left over components from other meals that takes about 20 minutes to make.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 30, 2021 at 11:17 am

      So happy you enjoy the recipe, Chad! Thanks so much for popping back for a review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Mary
    November 9, 2021 at 1:36 am

    2 stars
    I found the sweetness unpleasant. The flavours just didn’t work.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 17, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Sorry this didn’t suite your tastebuds Mary! C.x

  • Reply
    Jere Cassidy
    December 10, 2018 at 6:21 am

    5 stars
    Delicious. I have leftover chicken all the time and look at it sitting the fridge thinking, what should I do with this. This is a must try.

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

      I’m always in the same predicament! You should totally give this recipe a go 🙂

  • Reply
    Natalie
    December 10, 2018 at 6:07 am

    5 stars
    Looks so delicious and perfect for a comforting dinner!

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 10, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Natalie 🙂

  • Reply
    Bethany | A Simple Palate
    December 10, 2018 at 4:02 am

    5 stars
    This is such a delicious and creative recipe! Love that you used leftovers in it too. Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 10, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    December 10, 2018 at 1:05 am

    5 stars
    These photos really just made me hungry (and I just had breakfast hehe)! I love recipes that use leftovers and this one looks absolutely delicious

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Hungry after breakfast, story of my life!!

    • Reply
      Tammy
      August 24, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      I have chili garlic sauce…. could that be used for the sweet chili sauce in this recipe?

      • Reply
        Chris Collins
        August 26, 2020 at 10:13 am

        I’ve never tried this with chili garlic sauce so unfortunately couldn’t say for sure!

  • Reply
    Emily
    December 9, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    5 stars
    Yum, the sweet chili sauce is a nice touch. It punches the flavor up to another level. Great recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Yup, the sweet chilli sauce is a real game changer isn’t it!

  • Reply
    Leslie
    December 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    5 stars
    First, I love the name of your blog. Now about this recipe…YUM! I can’t wait to try this. I’m with you: there is always leftover chicken in the fridge.

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Thank you so much SO much leftover chicken, like all the time

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