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Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta

Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta – A creamy chicken pasta recipe with a tons of flavor. A little smokey, a little peppery, and so good!

In case you couldn’t tell, I have a thing for chicken pasta recipes lately.  Tuscan Chicken Pasta is pretty much perfect comfort food, and not even that bad for you.  There is just something about the creamy pasta with chicken that I am obsessed with lately.

Creamy Chicken Pasta comes together in minutes and there is no butter or cream, so really go guilt there.  Pretty much my dream dinner!

smokey garlic chicken pasta with garlic bread


Well this smokey garlic chicken pasta isn’t exactly guilt free.  There is not heavy cream, just half and half and some skim milk. So you get a creamy and delicious sauce with a few calories and fat.  But still not the same as broccoli salad or anything.

Now this chicken and pasta recipe may sound a little strange.  You combine Italian dressing and smokey barbecue sauce with the chicken and bake it.  It gives it a tangy and smokey flavor that just works together.  Trust me, I know it sounds strange, but it is so good!

smokey garlic chicken pasta recipe

Once the chicken is tender and cooked through you just use 2 forks to shred it. Then the chicken and all the sauce it cooked in gets added to the pasta.  The dressing and barbecue sauce help to make the sauce more creamy and delicious

I have been making this smokey garlic chicken pasta for years.  I have served it to my family, to guests, to my parents, delivered it to friends, and everyone loves it.  It makes a lot, but the leftovers are great the next day, so don’t worry about it.

smokey garlic chicken pasta bite

I like to serve this chicken and pasta with a side salad or Cheesy Garlic Bread.  Because what goes better with creamy pasta that more buttery carbs, right?

If you want to go all out, you can definitely use heavy cream in place of the half and half and skim milk in this recipe.  I am sure it would be over the top amazing.  But trust me, this way is so good you will not miss the extra calories.

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Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta

A plate of pasta with garlic bread

Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta - A creamy chicken pasta recipe with a tons of flavor. A little smokey, a little peppery, and so good!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 16 oz . Pasta, , any short cut will do
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves, , grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Tbls pepper
  • 1/2 cup bacon, , crumbled
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce


  1. In a shallow baking dish cover the chicken with the Marinade and Barbeque Sauce. Bake at 300 for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Shred chicken.
  2. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package directions.
  3. In a small saucepan melt butter. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the half and half, milk, pepper, and cheese. Whisk until smooth. Add in the crumbled bacon. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl mix the chicken, pasta and sauce together. To serve top with additional cheese if desired.


Adapted from Kevin & Amanda

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 454Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 83mgSodium 962mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 29g

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Thursday 2nd of April 2020

I’ve made this many times and it’s a favorite in our house!! So delicious.

Is there any way to make this in the slow cooker? Thinking about trying today but I’m not sure how to go about it.

Erin S

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

I am so glad you like it! I am honestly not sure. I don't do a lot with pasta in the slow cooker because I think it can get mushy. But maybe if you undercooked the pasta first and let the crock pot just keep things warm it might work. Or use the crock pot to cook the chicken and then add everything else at the end for it to come together. Let me know how it works!


Tuesday 24th of December 2019

This is delicious!! I’ve made it almost every week for the past 2 months. I add a little bit of bbq sauce to the sauce and it turns out amazing every time! Thank you so much for this easy and delicious recipe

Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

Thursday 29th of March 2018

I love the sound of this! Always looking for new pasta recipes!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Well you said one of the magic words: garlic! Mmm! This dish looks fab and perfect any night!

Jennifer Blake

Sunday 25th of March 2018

If there is bacon in it my family will likely eat it!

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