BBQ Chicken Pasta

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • About 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups Rotini pasta
  • ½ cup your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes; remove to plate covered in a paper towel and drain excess fat, reserving 1 tablespoon. Stir in chicken and seasonings and cook until golden, about 2-3 minutes.

Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, milk, and pasta (make sure pasta is submerged). Heat until bubbling; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
Turn off heat and stir in barbecue sauce and cheese until heated through, about 1-2 minutes. Add bacon to top. Serve immediately.

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