Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta


Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta

We headed out to see Zootopia this weekend. What a great movie! All four of us laughed and thought it was a perfectly timed movie to address many of the “Us vs. Them” ideas that seem so prevalent in society today.  I actually teared up in the end when Judy Hopps (the bunny main character) said, “Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” My kids are older so they definitely got the message of the movie. My son asked if Disney knew that this would be the right time for this movie because of the election. If anyone could plan something like that I would think it would be Disney! 🙂

But, we spent the better part of the weekend watching the snow fall (yes, ALL day Saturday), playing together and starting our Spring cleaning.  This meant I wanted a simple meal for dinner. I love one pan meals! I did add a salad and green vegetable to the side for dinner but the main entrée was so simple that I didn’t even mind.

Verdict:

This is one of those rare meals that everyone loved. It had enough heat that my son could add a little more hot sauce to his and be happy and just a hint of sweetness that my daughter could add just a touch more brown sugar to hers and be happy. Everyone wanted the leftovers for lunch too which is the sign of a good meal in our house!

The dish is creamy with a bit of sweetness when you first taste it and then a bit of heat as it lingers in your mouth. It was perfectly balanced in to me on the sweet/heat.

I served this dish with broccoli and a green side salad. For my mostly gluten-free son this can be made with gluten-free pasta.

Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 hot sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • dash of red pepper flakes (to your liking)
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz linguine
  • bleu cheese crumbles, if desired

Directions:

  1. Add chicken, chicken stock, hot sauce, tomatoes, brown sugar and red pepper flakes to a large pot. Stir well to combine. Bring to a slow simmer over medium heat allowing the chicken to cook 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add the cornstarch and water (mixed together until cornstarch has melted) and the pasta to the pan. Stir well and continue to cook on lightly simmering, stirring often to keep pasta from sticking together.
  3. Once pasta has reached desired tenderness remove pan from heat and stir in heavy cream until well blended. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Add more brown sugar for a sweeter taste and more hot sauce or red pepper for a spicier taste.
  4. Serve pasta hot with bleu cheese crumbles sprinkled over the top if desired.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. walkerkaty0 says:

    That looks so good!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  2. Sounds like a good movie! Yumm creamy and delicious meal!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much! The pasta was really, really good!

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      1. It looks and sounds so yummy

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  3. Kristy Rhine says:

    Looks very good!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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    2. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  4. jleigh1902 says:

    Yum! Love the combination of sweet and spicy.

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  5. Jann Seal says:

    Reads yummy! Making it tomorrow night!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope you like it as much as we did!

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  6. masgautsen says:

    That looks delicious!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  7. Deb says:

    That’s amazing looking. I’m yet to watch Zootopia and am looking forward to it.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It was a very cute movie and both kids have said they want to see it again.

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  8. Howto$tuffYourPig says:

    This looks like it’s packed with lots of flavor. Definitely need to try!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      If you do I hope you like it as much as we did!

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  9. Antonia says:

    This looks delicious! I love the idea of a little sweet and a lingering heat, with a pasta dish. I can see why everyone liked it 😀 Great recipe!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! At first I thought it was too sweet but then once the heat seeped onto my tongue I thought it was perfect.

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  10. This really looks good. I’m thinking about trying it but I can’t eat anything spicy however, my family loves spicy. I’m guessing the brown sugar will off set the hot sauce though. Also glad you liked Zootopia. I have heard great things about it we are planning to go this weekend to see it.

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  11. nancyruth says:

    The dinner looks good and creamy. Your family is lucky to have such a creative cook in the family.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      If you don’t like spicy I would separate a portion and add extra brown sugar and maybe a bit of cream. It will be sweet but it takes the edge off the spicy.

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  12. Perfect meal. That is how I like my pasta, creamy and delicious 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  13. I already know that my family will love this 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  14. Amunala says:

    Great work here.Am with you all the way.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  15. Very tasty recipe! Did you do gluten-free noodles for the kiddo?

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes. He is to the point now that he made the decision to go back totally GF as his stomach feels better when he does.

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      1. Good decision for the both of you!

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  16. This looks delicious! I’ll have to dial back the heat because my husband’s cancer treatments left his mouth really sensitive but I’m definitely going to make it!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Definitely cut the hot sauce in 1/2 or so. Then you can add a bit more to yours on the plate if you want. Hope you like it!

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  17. voulaah says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this post through Jacqueline’s blog
    The recipee is so tasty
    I adore
    Anita

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