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5 from 6 votes

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Original, Thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 778kcal
Cost: £3 / $4

Equipment

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

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 Leftover Chicken, sliced
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Double/Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1/4 cup / 20g Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • pinch of Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil

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 olive 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 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 with an extra helping of parmesan and chilli flakes.

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

Nutrition

Calories: 778kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.79g | Protein: 38.64g | Fat: 47.23g | Saturated Fat: 19.717g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.997g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18.11g | Trans Fat: 0.185g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 959mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 2.96g | Vitamin A: 1650IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 2.9mg