BBQ Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Red Onion Ranch Spaghetti

You’re in for a real treat with this BBQ Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Red Onion Ranch Spaghetti! It’s easy to make and packed with classic BBQ chicken flavor.

A Bowl of BBQ Chicken Spaghetti on a Blue Cloth Placemat

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Red Onion Ranch Spaghetti

You guys are going to think I’m nuts with this recipe, but just wait until you sink your teeth into it! My husband was totally skeptical and ended up LOVING it along with my two little stinkers 🙂  Think BBQ chicken pizza flavors in spaghetti form…….it’s Fabulous, really! Make yourself a big slice of cheddar garlic bread and go to town!

This recipe is not only delish, but is really easy to make. Great for busy weeknights, if you don’t have time to make your own BBQ chicken like the one I have listed below don’t be ashamed to grab some good KC Masterpiece to throw on yours. It will taste great too!

Enough blabbing from me, get this recipe on your menu and let me know how you like it 🙂

A Container of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

This was new to me, I had no idea you could buy this little plastic jar of Ranch seasoning. I was almost jumping up and down when I saw it at my Target. If you haven’t seen this at your grocery stores, every grocery store carries the little 1 oz Ranch Dressing Packet,  same seasonings inside.

A Bowl of BBQ Chicken Spaghetti with a Piece of Cornbread in Front of a Wicker Basket

I get the mini ciabatta loaves from Trader Joes, slice them, butter them, sprinkle with Lawry’s Garlic Salt then top with Cheddar Cheese and bake till crispy……Best Garlic Bread Ever!

A White Bowl Filled with BBQ Chicken Spaghetti and a Piece of Garlic Bread

A White Bowl Filled with BBQ Chicken Spaghetti and a Piece of Garlic Bread

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Red Onion Ranch Spaghetti

You're in for a real treat with this BBQ Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Red Onion Ranch Spaghetti! It's easy to make and packed with classic BBQ chicken flavor.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Stove


  • 1 lb thin spaghetti noodles
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large red onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • shredded BBQ chicken


  • Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  • Place olive oil into a large pot over medium heat. Saute red onions until softened and golden. Add cooked spaghetti to onions; mix and add dry Ranch Dressing seasoning and cilantro leaves. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place noodles onto serving plates and top with warm shredded BBQ chicken. Garnish with cilantro leaf and serve.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: chicken pasta, chicken pasta recipe, chicken spaghetti, chicken spaghetti recipe, easy chicken spaghetti, recipe for chicken spaghetti


I’ll leave you with my stinkers at the Discovery Science Center, Love these boys!

A Collage of Sepia Photos of my Sons

Have a great rest of your week and weekend, see you soon!

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43 Responses
  1. Jessi C.

    Just thought you might like to know that you have become my go-to girl for fun new recipes! I gave this one a shot and both my husband and I loved it! You rock- thanks for stretching your creativity and letting me be the benefactor of it! 🙂

  2. CrazyCurl

    I love this recipe so much that I have made it at least 5 times now! My whole family loves it. That includes a very picky 6 yo and an adventurous 14 month old. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

  3. Mrs. L

    You got me with this one, I’ve go to try this! And I’ll definitely be looking for that little jar of Ranch as I use it in many dishes and hate having portions of a packet sitting around.

  4. Shelby

    My fiance and I can’t wait to try this recipe! He saw it and asked me to make it right away! Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Natalie

    Made this for dinner tonight. Super yummy. Thanks for the great recipe. I used spaghetti riagti noodles. Have you used them? First time tonight and I loved them.

  6. Jessica B.

    On the stove right now! Although, I didn’t pick up any cilantro so we are going sans green touches. BUT, I added pancetta to the onion mixture. Figure I would futher embrace your reference to BBQ Chicken Pizza. Everything is better with Bacon or Pancetta, No? Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Kelley

    Made this yesterday and my family really liked it. I like to healthify our meals and found this was wonderful with whole wheat spaghetti! Thanks for a clever and tasty dish!!

  8. Jennifer @ Maple n COrnbread

    DROOL!!!What an amazing spaghetti creation! I know a lot of men that would love this!

  9. Julie

    Oooh, that looks so yummy! We’re planning to visit that science center in June, hope it’s fun!

  10. Mila

    Jenny, this is fabulous! I love using ranch in my food and I actualy just made a simple recipe the other day using the packets of ranch seasoning! Thanks for letting us know about the new jar seasoning! I will definitlet be picking ome of that up!

  11. teresa

    Oh Jenny!
    Do you KNOW how good this looks to me right now!
    Why do hub and I have to be eating HEALTHY!!!!!
    I don’t like eating HEALTHY!
    I want this for dinner…not BOCA BURGERS!!!!!!
    BUt last weekend we didn’t eat healthy…and we ate like 1000 or more ICED sugar cookies hahahahaha! ;o)
    Oh…and like millions of malted Easter Eggs….and trillions of jelly beans!
    So this is WHY I can’t make this tonight!
    Oh how I wish we had a Trader Joes on Bainbridge Island!
    Your blog is fab Jenny!
    Thanks for all you share!

  12. Brenda Jorgensen

    I’m making this for supper tonight and my husband is already looking forward to it. ANYthing with a noodle in it goes over very, VERY well in my house hold. I’m going to Trader Joe’s for those ciabatta rolls, too, plus a bag of salad. :o) Thanks for the suggestion! Keep these wonderful posts coming. I pass them on to my FB friends, too.

  13. Fuji Mama

    I’m right there with ya! We lived in Memphis for 3 years and one of my favorite BBQ places served BBQ spaghetti (but BBQ in Memphis refers to pork)! At sports events you can buy BBQ nachos! Your spaghetti looks FABULOUS!!!!

  14. Nicole, RD

    Drool! This looks right up my husband’s palate alley! Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. joanne

    This reminds me of the California Pizza Kitchen bbq chicken pizza. Which I love. But I love pasta even more than pizza. Which means I would extra super duper with a cherry on top love this.

  16. Jen @ How To: Simplify

    What a unique flavor combination! I’m a huge fan of shredded chicken so I’ll have to try this recipe!

  17. Corinna

    Wow does that look GOOD! Thanks for sharing. If you like that jar of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix, Sam’s Club sells and even bigger jar of it. It is about the size of a Kraft Parmesan Cheese jar :o)

  18. Cookin' Canuck

    I don’t think you’re nuts at all – this sounds delicious to me. Your boys are adorable!

  19. Stacey

    This looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try it! I wanted to let you know that they also sell that Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning at Costco. My hubby loves having homemade ranch so when I saw it there in bulk, I got really excited.

  20. Natalie Simons

    this is my kind of meal! I think my hubbie will like it to, so I am going to skip telling him about it and just make….to avoid eye rolling 🙂

    Real Quick: I think you mean to say spagetti noodles in stead of “onions”.

    Teaching Pilates???

    We closed BSP as our lease was up. Everyone is out on their own, and doing well. I got to visit with Jenn McP the other day while she was in town too!

    Looks like you are doing great in CA!

    1. Jenny

      Natalie!!! Great to hear from you, I can’t believe BSP is closed down 🙁 I loved your studio! I can imagine it was tough to keep up in this crappy economy though.

      I am not teaching pilates right now, I miss it like crazy (so does my body!) I imagine going back to it someday, but it’s hard here in CA with no family to watch the boys. Much easier in AZ 🙂

      Jealous you got to see Jenn, Love her!

      Thanks for checking in, great to hear from you! Are you teaching from home now? Bet your little guy is so big now!

      Talk soon!

  21. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

    Yum! The bread looks great! I need to look for it next time I’m at TJ’s.

  22. Andrea

    I live overseas and have ONE PACKAGE of hidden valley ranch seasoning left. I’m taking a chance and making this because it really does look amazing!

    Gonna skip the bread though. Hips can’t take it.

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