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! – Hungry now?  Jump to Recipe 

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!?

Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta served with chilli flakes

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.

So, here it is! Let’s check out the ingredients..

Leftover Chicken and Bacon Pasta Ingredients

  • Leftover Chicken
  • Streaky Bacon
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Sour Cream
  • Double/Heavy Cream
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce & Chilli Flakes
  • Parmesan 

The sweet chilli is freaking you out isn’t it!? Trust me, it’s a game changer.

How to make Leftover Chicken and Bacon Pasta

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

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

It’s really as easy as that!

I don’t know about you but I love the combo of cream and spice; the sweet chilli sauce not only helps create this gorgeous combo, but also adds a nice bit of sweetness too, which in turn is balanced out nicely by the salty bacon/parmesan.

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.

‘What other leftover roast chicken recipes have you got to offer?’

Well, since you asked:

Rotisserie chicken and bacon pasta served with extra chilli flakes

And finally before we tuck into the full recipe, if you’re still after some pasta dishes that would welcome leftover roast chicken absolutely delightfully then check out these:

Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

5 from 6 votes
Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta served with chilli flakes
Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

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

Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Original
Keyword: Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 778 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 7oz / 200g Penne Pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 4 rashers Streaky Bacon
  • 1 small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 cup / 150g Cooked Chicken, sliced to cubes
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Double/Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1/4 cup / 20g Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • pinch of Chilli Flakes
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Method
  1. Pop your pasta in salted boiling water and cook according to packet instructions. Retain a cup of pasta water.

  2. Meanwhile, fry your bacon in a drizzle of olive oil until it just begins to crisps, then add your onion. Fry until the onion begins to soften then add your garlic and fry for a minute or so longer.

  3. Add your chicken just to heat it through, then add your sour cream, double/heavy cream, sweet chilli sauce, chilli flakes and seasoning.

  4. Drain and stir through your pasta, then add your parmesan and give it a final stir. Thin out with pasta water if needed. Serve with an extra helping of parmesan and chilli flakes.

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Calories - Based on using 1 tsp olive oil for frying and 1 tbsp extra to serve between 2 people.

Nutrition Facts
Leftover Roast Chicken and Bacon Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 778 Calories from Fat 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47.23g 73%
Saturated Fat 19.717g 99%
Trans Fat 0.185g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.997g
Monounsaturated Fat 18.11g
Cholesterol 195mg 65%
Sodium 959mg 40%
Potassium 570mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 48.79g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 2.96g
Protein 38.64g 77%
Vitamin A 33%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 20%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Looking for another quick and easy creamy pasta dish? Check out my crazy popular Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomatoes!

Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato one pot

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12 Comments

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

    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

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

    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
    Sylvie
    December 10, 2018 at 1:05 am

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

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Looks so delicious and perfect for a comforting dinner!

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

      Thanks Natalie ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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