If you could capture a spring or summer cookout in a pasta meal, this right here would be it. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and it is all done in one pot! Holla! Y'all know I am all about not using a bunch of dishes if I don't have to.
I love one pot wonders like this. And really, it's all about the barbecue sauce. I always gotta use my favorite Sweet Baby Ray's. It's one of those sauces I always keep in the pantry. We use it for nearly everything. It's a staple for sure. So when I was thinking about twists to the usual chicken pasta salads - I immediately thought "Shoot, I could throw some SBR (Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce) in there and that'll really give it a punch of flavor." So that's just what I did! It was warm, filling and a whole meal in one. Plus, if you have any leftover, it reheats really well in the microwave. Just carry your bottle of SBR with you cause you'll probably be wanting to squirt a bit more on there!
2-3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs.(about 2-3) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt, pepper & garlic powder, to taste
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
3 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Original Barbecue Sauce, divided use
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or more, to taste)
Heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pot or large skillet over medium-high heat.
Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt, pepper and a little bit of garlic powder.
Place chicken breasts into pot and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Then flip over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Once you flip the chicken, spread about 2 tbsp. Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce onto each side.
Cook for an additional two minutes. Take cooked chicken out of the pan and set aside.Add diced onions to the pot (you may need to add a bit more oil.) Season onions with a little salt & pepper.
While the onions are cooking, chop up the chicken into 1-inch chunks.
Stir garlic into the pot and cook for just a minute (you don't want it to burn.) Then add in the can of undrained diced tomatoes and chicken stock.
Stir in uncooked rotini pasta.
And add the cooked chicken back in.Allow to come up to a boil, then cover and turn down the heat to medium and allow to simmer until the pasta has cooked (about 12-15 minutes.)
Lastly, add in 1/4 cup (or more, depending on your preference) of SBR Sauce.
And top with shredded cheddar cheese! Oh mercy...
This is a sponsored post for Sweet Baby Ray's. As always, all opinions are my own. I mean, who doesn't love this stuff?