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Spicy Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Peas

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Spicy Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Peas – easy weeknight dinner recipe that uses basic ingredients, found in any kitchen. If you want to make something new and delicious with bacon, chicken, and peas – try this pasta recipe! You won’t be disappointed!

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The creamy sauce is made with garlic, tomato sauce, cream, mozzarella cheese, basil, and crushed red pepper flakes. I love short pasta, because the sauce coats each piece of short pasta, so you get more creamy goodness with each bite.

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Spicy Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, skinless and boneless, halved horizontally
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8-10 oz penne pasta (use gluten free pasta for gluten free version)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (I used Hunt's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breast horizontally in half, to make it thinner. Season both chicken breast halves generously with salt and also with 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon dry basil - on both sides.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on high-medium heat in a large skillet. Add seasoned chicken breast halves and cook on one side for about 3-4 minutes on high-medium heat. Flip the chicken over to the other side and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, cover with the lid and let the chicken sit in the skillet off heat - it will continue cooking. After about 10-15 minutes, the chicken should be fully cooked and no longer pink in the center - remove the chicken from the skillet and slice into cubes. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Add peas to pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Creamy sauce:
  5. To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 6 cloves of minced garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes - cook on medium heat for 1 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dry basil, stir and bring to boil - immediately reduce to simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, covered. Add shredded mozzarella cheese to the sauce and stir to melt until cheese is completely melted and the sauce thickens - 30 seconds. With heat on simmer, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and stir to combine.
  6. Add cooked and rinsed pasta, peas, cooked sliced chicken, and half of chopped cooked bacon to the sauce. Mix to combine. If you cooked pasta in salted water, if you seasoned chicken generously with salt and used canned tomato sauce - there is really no need to add salt at this point as everything should be just perfect. Nevertheless, taste your final pasta and add salt if necessary. Top with the remaining half of chopped bacon
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  • c March 12, 2016, 8:22 am

    Hi Julia, what a beautiful dish, love all the colors and flavor you have packed in here. My family will love this.

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