Smoky Bacon & Chicken Skillet Recipe

Creamy chicken and pasta – like everything else, it’s better with bacon.
  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 30 minutes
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  • Servings: Makes 6 servings OR 4 servings + 2 leftover servings

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  • 12 ounces farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • ½ pound bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1½ tablespoons ( or 1 Dinner Mixer packet) Garlic Garlic Seasoning
  • 1½ cups 2% milk, warmed
  • 1 packet Smoky BBQ Cheese Ball Mix
  • 1½ - 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese

cooking methods

  • Stovetop


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté bacon until crispy. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; set aside. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.
  3. Add chicken and Garlic Garlic™ Seasoning to skillet with remaining bacon drippings; salt and pepper as desired. Sauté until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cooked pasta, warmed milk and Smoky BBQ Cheese Ball Mix. Bring to a simmer. Simmer 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and bacon until melted and smooth. Serve immediately. Sauce will continue to thicken upon standing.

Makes 6 servings or 4 servings + 2 leftover servings.

Serve with Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Butter.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1; toss with 1 tablespoon oil and place in a gallon freezer bag. Place chicken and Garlic Garlic™ Seasoning in a quart freezer bag. Place cheese in a quart freezer bag. Place all bags and unopened Smoky BBQ Cheese Ball Mix in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 2.

For remix Smoky Chicken Pasta Salad recipe: Place 2 leftover servings in a storage container. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy DInner This recipe is easy enough for anyone to make. It's quick and simple and tastes GREAT.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dinner in a snap! Everyone loved it! Tons of flavor without all the yuck of those "boxed" meals! Plenty left for the re-mix recipe! Looking forward to it!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids Loved It! My picky kids loved it, asked for seconds. And there's enough for lunch leftovers for my husband.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big hit! Easy and delicious. But hit with the whole family!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winner winner chicken & bacon dinner! We loved this one! Very tasty, and it makes alot but there was no problem eating leftovers...they went quickly!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delicious!! This was a big hit! I didn't have bow-tie pasta so I used vegetable Rotini and I used a blend of Mexican cheese that had Monterey Jack in it! Will definitely be making this again!!
Date published: 2017-07-10
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