Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake

  • 15MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 284KCAL

If you love a cheesy pasta bake and Hunters Chicken, you’ll be obsessed with this recipe combo. This oven-baked dish is packed with comforting, indulgent flavours, and it's totally slimming friendly!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories284
  • Carbs31g
  • Protein27g
  • Fat4.5g
  • Saturates1.4g
  • Sugars7.9g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Hunters Chicken is a classic pub grub order, and we wanted to combine all of those cheesy, saucy barbecue flavours with the comfort of a warming pasta dish – so our Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake recipe was born!

It’s the ultimate comfort food because it feels super indulgent, when it isn’t. Thanks to some smart low calorie swaps and alternatives, you can enjoy a serving of this dish for just 284 calories per plate. Yep, really! We’ve bulked our recipe out with lots of tasty veggies and reduced fat cheese, to keep things way lighter than the pub alternative.

The seriously cheesy topping is the real winner. When it’s golden and bubbly and the edges look nice and crisp, your bake is yummy and ready to serve. No fighting over seconds allowed…

What diets is this Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake suitable for?

Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake can be enjoyed on gluten free diets, as long as you substitute the pasta for suitable alternatives. 

It can be made dairy free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for non-dairy versions; 

  • Reduced fat Cheddar cheese

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake?

You’ll need a durable frying pan and a large ovenproof dish to make this recipe.

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I doubled up the ingredients, and froze portions for alternative days, thanks PON for a great recipe 😊
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A new family favourite and so easy to make. Delicious!
Packed full of flavour. We used chicken thighs and added courgettes and grated carrot to the dish.
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Tasty and filling
I had no mustard powder so just used normal mustard, also no chilli powder so used a dot of chilli sauce instead. This recipe was so easy and full of flavour.

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A durable frying pan is always handy for frying ingredients together!

You’ll want a dish that’s a good size to fit your chicken breasts in, like this one. 

How many calories are in this Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake?

There are 284 calories per portion in this Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200ºC

Step 2

Add the pasta to a pan of boiling water and cook according to the pack instructions. Drain when cooked and leave to one side.

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Step 3

While the pasta is cooking, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Cook the onions for 4 minutes until softened, add the pepper and garlic and continue to fry for 2 minutes.

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Step 4

Add the diced chicken and bacon and brown on all sides. Add the chopped tomatoes, BBQ seasoning, garlic granules, onion granules, chilli powder, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, Henderson’s relish, tomato puree and sweetener. Give the pan a good stir and crumble in the stock cube.

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Step 5

Allow the pan to bubble for 5 minutes until thickened.

Step 6

Add the drained pasta and stir to coat in the sauce. Tip into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle on the cheese. Pop into the oven for 8 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

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How do you know when Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake is cooked?

You should cook this Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake until the cheese is bubbly. This will take around 8 minutes in the oven.

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Hunters Chicken Pasta Bake

Who doesn't love a good pasta bake? You're going to be obsessed with this cheesy, Hunters Chicken flavour combo.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 284
  • Carbs 31G

Ingredients

  • 350 g diced chicken breast
  • 4 bacon medallions cut into strips
  • 200 g pasta we used fusilli but any pasta shape will work great
  • 1 medium red onion peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red pepper deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp Henderson's relish or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp BBQ seasoning
  • 2 tsp white granulated sweetener
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 40 g reduced fat Cheddar cheese finely grated
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Add the pasta to a pan of boiling water and cook according to the pack instructions. Drain when cooked and leave to one side.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Cook the onions for 4 minutes until softened, add the pepper and garlic and continue to fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the diced chicken and bacon and brown on all sides. Add the chopped tomatoes, BBQ seasoning, garlic granules, onion granules, chilli powder, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, Henderson's relish, tomato puree and sweetener. Give the pan a good stir and crumble in the stock cube.
  5. Allow the pan to bubble for 5 minutes until thickened.
  6. Add the drained pasta and stir to coat in the sauce. Tip into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle on the cheese. Pop into the oven for 8 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

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LisaSaturday 24th September 2022

Made this Friday and oh my it was good! Left out the chilli as my family don’t like spice. I followed the recipe but it only fed 4 did I do something wrong or have to big of a portion? It says feeds 6

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    HollyWednesday 28th September 2022

    Hey Lisa, I think you’ve possibly served a larger portion than we have suggested. If you think the portions for 6 are a little small you can serve with an accompaniment of your choice, hope that helps!

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KateSunday 10th July 2022

Can you make this ahead up to the final stage and then do the final eight minutes in the oven later in the day when you’re ready to eat?
Thanks!

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    SharonMonday 11th July 2022

    Hi Kate, you can make this ahead then add the cheese and reheat.You need to bear in mind that the dish will have completely cooled down so it will take longer than 8 minutes in the oven and will need to piping hot throughout. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Janice CharlesworthTuesday 10th May 2022

First time making this tonight and it is amazing! Will definitely be making it again. I did it between 4 of us and budgeted the calories accordingly. Absolutely delicious, 10 out of 10!

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    HollyThursday 12th May 2022

    Hey Janice, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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    HollyThursday 12th May 2022

    Hi Janice, thanks so much for getting in touch, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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Kelly clarkMonday 14th March 2022

Can this meal be frozen I’m not sure how the pasta would turn out that’s all

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    HollyMonday 14th March 2022

    Hey Kelly, yes this recipe is okay to freeze! To re-heat place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 3-5 minutes until piping hot. Hope that helps!

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AlisonTuesday 22nd February 2022

Oh my goodness this was absolutely beautiful. Will be making again for sure. Thank you for another amazing recipe!

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    SharonTuesday 22nd February 2022

    Hi Alison, we’re so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to let us know.

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FionaFriday 18th February 2022

Fantastic mid-week family meal 10/10

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    SharonFriday 18th February 2022

    Hi Fiona, thanks so much for your lovely comment. We’re pleased to hear you’ve given it a 10/10 !

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Wendy hallSunday 30th January 2022

Made this for tea today and can definitely recommend the recipe, it was delicious! And even better I have leftovers for another day! 😀

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    HollyMonday 31st January 2022

    Hey Wendy, thanks for getting in touch we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this one!

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GraceWednesday 26th January 2022

How many grams would be a serving size? I’m trying to put it into myfitnesspal 🙁

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    HollyThursday 27th January 2022

    Hey Grace, We work out our recipes on the serving size not by weight. To work out your own weight of a serving you would need to make the finished dish and divide servings, as the weight will vary due to variation of ingredients and water content it’s not something we can do as an exact measure. If you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page on the website there is a little arrow by servings and you can alter up or down to serve more or less people. Hope that helps!

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