Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta

Posted on March 1, 2012


So I’m not sure why I’ve been craving BBQ so much lately. Maybe because the temperature outside was 81° yesterday, and the sky could not have been a prettier blue. It was February but felt like May, which just so happens to be National BBQ Month.

The other (most likely) answer is that I wanted to make some BBQ sauce, and then I had 3 cups of sauce that I needed to find recipes to use it in.

My suggestion to you is that you make the BBQ sauce today {if you didn’t yesterday}. Then tonight make this Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta.

And tomorrow you can throw all of the ingredients in the crock-pot for the Crock-Pot Pulled Pork. Lucky for you, I’ll post a recipe tomorrow morning for cornbread that goes perfectly with the pulled pork. It’s quick and easy. {P.S. If you can’t eat meat on Friday, save the pulled pork for Saturday and make one of these delicious meals instead}

Oh and this weekend, make a BBQ Chicken Pizza. No recipe needed – just mix ½ cup pizza sauce & ¼ cup BBQ sauce together. Spread the sauce on a pre-baked whole wheat pizza crust. Toss some shredded cooked chicken with BBQ sauce. Top the pizza/BBQ sauce with the chicken, some red onion slices, and mozzarella. Then drizzle more BBQ sauce on top. Bake 10-15 in a 425° oven, and top with chopped cilantro.

And you have a delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza that tastes like the one at California Pizza Kitchen, yay!

Look at me meal planning for you 🙂

OK, on to the recipe:

Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta

Based on this recipe from one of my favorite blogs PreventionRD

Serves 3

  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 8 ounces chicken breast, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1⅔ cups (5 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably a deep skillet) over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces, onion, & garlic, and cook for 7-10 minutes until chicken is done and onion has softened. Remove chicken, onions, & garlic from skillet and set aside.

Add chicken broth, water, and pasta to skillet. Bring to a boil; reduced heat & simmer for 15 minutes, until almost all the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is tender. Stir in the BBQ sauce, salt, and yogurt. Then stir in the chicken & onions. Cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses. Top with green onions & serve. Dig in!

I promise I will try not to post anymore BBQ recipes for a while. It is still technically winter after all. Next week I’ll have some more season appropriate recipes…


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