Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni

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My husband really love spicy food, so every couple of weeks I make something with a big kick. Like this Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni. Sometimes you really just need to eat a meal that wakes you up a little. The star of this dish is the spicy cream sauce – full of jalapenos AND red pepper flakes. I’m not gonna lie – this dish is not for the faint of heart. But I will say, while it is spicy, it is also full of great flavors and you can really taste all of the ingredients. It’s not just melt your face off hot for the sake of being hot.

Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni

I used mozzarella cheese because it is very mild in flavor but gets really really creamy in sauces. This sauce is a little thicker than the ones I make with cheddar, but that helps keep the sauce on the pasta so you get the flavor all the way through the dish. If you wanted a cheese dip sauce, you could make the sauce up to the point of adding it to the sausage and serve it with some bread slices or pretzel bites!

Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni

The addition of the bacon, not only adds a layer of flavor but it brings a salty quality to the dish, which counters the heat from the peppers. I also used a mild chicken sausage that has a sweetness to help as well. This is a rather hearty bowl of pasta, so we didn’t have a side dish. Some bread would have been good for the kids to help with heat – and a glass of milk, lol. You could also do a green dinner salad with it.

Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni

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Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni

Delicious chicken sausage in a kicked up cream sauce over pasta.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, bell peppers, chicken sausage, cream sauce, jalapeno, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
  • lb Rigatoni
  • ½ Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 4oz can Diced Jalapeno
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper diced
  • 2 lb Chicken Sausage cut into ½-inch coins
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to paper-towel covered plate. Reserve bacon grease.
  • In same saute pan, add onions, jalapenos, and bell peppers. Let cook for 3 minutes, then add chicken sausage. Cook for 3 minutes then reduce heat to medium- low.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter, garlic powder, basil and red pepper flakes. Once melted whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Then whisk in chicken broth and cook for 2 minutes. Next whisk in heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Last, add cheese (one handful at a time) and cook until fully melted.
  • Add cheese sauce to sausage and veggie pan and stir to combine. Let cook 5 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl, serve sausage sauce over top of cooked rigatoni. Sprinkle with bacon.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

2 thoughts on “Kickin’ Chicken Rigatoni

  1. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s Share the Wealth Party. I really appreciate you taking time out to share. Have a fabulous weekend.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 565. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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