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Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta


Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta - a new weeknight favorite!

Photos were updated as of 7/31/14 (using real bacon in the recipe)

The other night while trying to figure out dinner, I was browsing Pinterest to see if something caught my eye.  I had pinned this recipe for Garlic Chicken Farfalle from Kevin and Amanda awhile ago.    I had just gotten chicken at the store, I had leftover half and half from Thanksgiving, and I had bacon bits left from the Monterey Chicken I made.   Dinner was decided! And it was a really good dinner, if I do say so myself.  This went over well with my 6 year old and my husband, that is what I call success!  If my husband has a say, I think this will make a regular appearance in our house.

Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

The original recipe called for cooking the chicken in the crock pot with a mesquite marinade.  Considering it was already 4:30 that wasn’t going to happen.  I found a bottle of Garlic and Herb Marinade in my pantry, so I used that and added a little Barbeque Sauce to make it smokey.  I think a combination of Italian Dressing and BBQ sauce would work well for this too.   Next time I will follow the instructions and use real bacon, but all I had was real bacon bits this time.   I made other adjustments as well to reduce the calories and fat.  But I don’t think I missed out on any flavor, this was creamy, garlicy, smokey, and delicious!

Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta - so good and perfect for a weeknight

This makes a lot (6 servings for us), and the leftovers were really good.  I don’t always like leftovers, and I happily ate these.


Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta
 
Serves: 6
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A creamy chicken pasta dish with a lots of flavor. A little smokey, a little peppery, and so good!
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Pasta, any short cut will do
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ Tbls pepper
  • ½ cup bacon, crumbled
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1½ cup Lawry's Garlic and Herb Marinade (or Italian Dressing)
  • ¼ cup Barbeque Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
Instructions
  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.
Notes
Adapted from Kevin & Amanda

 

 

Comments

  1. This sounds quick and delicious, Erin! And I always have a stash of chicken in the freezer and pasta in the pantry :) How’s the unpacking going?

    • Unpacking is going well. We are all settled into our townhouse for now. We picked an architect to draw up house plans yesterday, and I think today we are submitting the offer to buy a lot! Things are moving forward!

  2. This sounds quick and delicious, Erin! And I always have a stash of chicken in the freezer and pasta in the pantry :) How’s the unpacking going?

    • Unpacking is going well. We are all settled into our townhouse for now. We picked an architect to draw up house plans yesterday, and I think today we are submitting the offer to buy a lot! Things are moving forward!

  3. Interesting ingredients, but it sounds great!

  4. Interesting ingredients, but it sounds great!

  5. Ohh, that sounds wonderful! :) Nothing like a creamy, garlicy pasta dish :)

  6. Ohh, that sounds wonderful! :) Nothing like a creamy, garlicy pasta dish :)

  7. Erin, what exciting developments — and a tasty chicken dish! Glad to hear you’re settling in after the move!

  8. Erin, what exciting developments — and a tasty chicken dish! Glad to hear you’re settling in after the move!

  9. OMG I’m in LOVE with this recipe Erin!! It looks so delicious and the flavors sound incredible! :)

  10. OMG I’m in LOVE with this recipe Erin!! It looks so delicious and the flavors sound incredible! :)

  11. smokey garlic? I’d eat all of it in one sitting. YUM!!

  12. smokey garlic? I’d eat all of it in one sitting. YUM!!

  13. This hits all of my favorite comfort food flavor notes. MMMMM…

  14. This hits all of my favorite comfort food flavor notes. MMMMM…

  15. That sounds like a great meal! I love chicken pastas

  16. That sounds like a great meal! I love chicken pastas

  17. Looks so creamy! Love the combination of flavors. You whipped up quite the dish, Erin. :)

  18. Looks so creamy! Love the combination of flavors. You whipped up quite the dish, Erin. :)

  19. This looks interesting and easy–perfect for a weeknight dinner!

  20. This looks interesting and easy–perfect for a weeknight dinner!

  21. Oh yummy! This looks so good! Always looking for new pasta recipes! :)

  22. Oh yummy! This looks so good! Always looking for new pasta recipes! :)

  23. This sounds and looks delicious, Erin! Pasta and bacon… how can you ever go wrong with THAT!? Definitely trying this.

  24. This sounds and looks delicious, Erin! Pasta and bacon… how can you ever go wrong with THAT!? Definitely trying this.

  25. This looks incredible. My husband will LOVE this.

  26. This looks incredible. My husband will LOVE this.

  27. Awesome! I bet that is amazing, my tummy is totally rumbling :)

    Buzzed!

  28. Awesome! I bet that is amazing, my tummy is totally rumbling :)

    Buzzed!

  29. very nice flavors!

  30. very nice flavors!

  31. Garlic, smokey, chicken, and pasta. Yup, I’m coming to your place for dinner tomorrow!

  32. Garlic, smokey, chicken, and pasta. Yup, I’m coming to your place for dinner tomorrow!

  33. I just remembered that I haven’t made pasta for like 2 weeks! Your delicious chicken pasta totally made me want to try this recipe. Yum!! Good luck unpacking and I’m envious you get to build your own dream home! That’s the best!!

    • I am getting excited about building a house! We built our last one, but we learned some stuff and this will fit us for along time I think.

  34. I just remembered that I haven’t made pasta for like 2 weeks! Your delicious chicken pasta totally made me want to try this recipe. Yum!! Good luck unpacking and I’m envious you get to build your own dream home! That’s the best!!

    • I am getting excited about building a house! We built our last one, but we learned some stuff and this will fit us for along time I think.

  35. Isn’t great when you can use random leftover ingredients from other meals to create something delicious and new. I am a huge fan of garlic. This dish is right up my alley.

  36. Isn’t great when you can use random leftover ingredients from other meals to create something delicious and new. I am a huge fan of garlic. This dish is right up my alley.

  37. I am going to have to try this. I never would have thought of adding these ingredients together.

  38. I am going to have to try this. I never would have thought of adding these ingredients together.

  39. Mis in Ks says:

    Wow, I am going to try this recipe!. I am not gutsy enough to substitute dressings or combine sauces to get the right flavors yet. Glad you do the work for me!

  40. Mis in Ks says:

    Wow, I am going to try this recipe!. I am not gutsy enough to substitute dressings or combine sauces to get the right flavors yet. Glad you do the work for me!

  41. Oh my goodness this looks super good. Congrats on top 9!

  42. Oh my goodness this looks super good. Congrats on top 9!

  43. love this! So simple, but I bet it was so good. Perfect weeknight meal!

  44. love this! So simple, but I bet it was so good. Perfect weeknight meal!

  45. I have nothing thawing in the fridge and am wondering myself, what’s for dinner. This one sounds like an all around winner! We love pasta (sad, but true) and garlic and creamy and chicken.. oh yeah, I may have to make this tonight!

  46. I have nothing thawing in the fridge and am wondering myself, what’s for dinner. This one sounds like an all around winner! We love pasta (sad, but true) and garlic and creamy and chicken.. oh yeah, I may have to make this tonight!

  47. That looks fantastic! A unique combo, too. I think the hubs and I would love this…thanks for sharing!

  48. That looks fantastic! A unique combo, too. I think the hubs and I would love this…thanks for sharing!

  49. graceyyyy says:

    wowww.. that looks AMAZING!!!! =)

  50. graceyyyy says:

    wowww.. that looks AMAZING!!!! =)

  51. I just made this for dinner and it was FANTASTIC! I didn’t have Lawry’s marinade, so I used Good Season’s Italian dressing. I used twice as much cheese,too…but we absolutely LOVED it. It’s going in the rotation now. The hubs declared it was “FREAKIN AWESOME!”

  52. I just made this for dinner and it was FANTASTIC! I didn’t have Lawry’s marinade, so I used Good Season’s Italian dressing. I used twice as much cheese,too…but we absolutely LOVED it. It’s going in the rotation now. The hubs declared it was “FREAKIN AWESOME!”

  53. Even the leftovers were delicious, and I don’t usually like reheated pasta dishes!

  54. Even the leftovers were delicious, and I don’t usually like reheated pasta dishes!

  55. I made this last night and it was a huge hit! I left out the pepper (we’re not big fans), and increased the garlic slightly. Yum! I love the combination of the smoky and garlic flavors. Thanks for posting!

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