Baked BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta

Prep:

20 min

Cook:

30 min

Level:

Easy

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 3/4" pieces
  • 1/4 cup Kinder's Organic Mild BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Kinder's Mild BBQ Rub
  • 8 oz. Penne pasta
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, thick-cut, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 6 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook Penne according to package directions minus 1 minute. Drain. Set aside. 
  3. Fry bacon until crisp, set aside on paper towel-lined plate. 
  4. Saute onion over medium to high heat for two minutes or until softened.
  5. Season chicken with Mild BBQ Rub and add chicken and continue cooking, about 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  6. Remove from heat, add 1/2 the bacon and combine. Set aside to cool. 
  7. Add Organic Mild BBQ Sauce to the chicken mixture along with pasta, green onions, cilantro and 3/4 of the grated cheese. 
  8. Transfer to greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish or cast iron skillet. Top with remaining cheese and bacon. 
  9. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve and Enjoy. 

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