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Pasta with Roasted Chicken & Vegetables in a Spicy Red Sauce

Italian Skillet Pasta with Roasted Chicken & Vegetables | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I guess it’s no secret that Southerners like to make great casseroles.  It’s just kind of our thing.  And, today is no exception.  Today, I’m serving up one of my family’s favorite Southern-style casseroles with an Italian flair.

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We love it because it takes the best of Southern-skillet cooking and marries it with a great combination of Italian flavors.  The trick, my friends, is in the prep.

Italian Skillet Pasta with Roasted Chicken | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comBegin by slicing boneless, skinless chicken breasts across the grain, sort of like cutting the earth at the equator.  Then rub all sides with oil and toss it on a preheated George Forman grill.  The goal is to roast the meat by searing it to a browned goodness as quickly as possible.  When the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear, remove from heat and let the meat rest.Chicken for Italian Skillet Pasta | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

At the same time, you’ll want the water boiling for your favorite pasta and room to chop an assortment of fresh veggies.  Sometimes, I add broccoli to this dish, but only in tiny quantities.  These will get tossed into a hot skillet with some oil so that they also sear to a Southern-style browned perfection.  I know this seems odd, but this is just how Southerners do it.  Trust me.  Chopped vegetables for Italian Skillet Pasta | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comOnce the veggies are seared, chop and add the chicken, drain and add the pasta, and douse it all with a 1:2 combo of alfredo and spicy red spaghetti sauces.
Sauces for Italian Skillet PastaWe discovered this delish combo of sauces one day when only two partial jars could be found in the house.  It was the accidental discovery of the ages.  Now, the creamy red sauce is one of our absolute “go-tos” when making Italian-style comfort food.Italian Skillet Pasta with Roasted Chicken & Vegetables | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

When all of the ingredients are thoroughly heated, remove the casserole from the heat and generously shred parmesan and/or romano cheese on the top.  Serve with a green salad and hot garlic bread.

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Pasta with Roasted Chicken and Vegetables in a Spicy Red Sauce
Serves 4
A super quick-and-easy skillet dish made with roasted chicken, onions, mushrooms, and sweet peppers, then douced with a creamy red sauce made from alfredo and spicy red spaghetti sauces.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 2 tablespoonfuls oil
  3. 1 sweet onion, chopped
  4. 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  5. 1 sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  6. 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  7. 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1/4 cup oil
  9. 1 package penne pasta (16 oz. box)
  10. 2/3 cup garlic or parmesan-flavored alfredo sauce
  11. 1 and 1/3 cups spicy red spaghetti sauce
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Black pepper to taste
  14. Parmesan or romano cheese, shredded
  1. Cut the chicken breasts to make thin fillets.
  2. Rub oil on all sides.
  3. Cook on hot grill (George Forman) until meat is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  4. Remove to a plate and allow meat to rest.
  5. At the same time, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente.
  6. Chop the vegetables, mince the garlic and set aside.
  7. Add 1/4 cup oil to a large skillet and allow to preheat.
  8. Add onions and garlic, and cook until browned.
  9. Add mushrooms and cook until slightly browned.
  10. Add peppers all at once and cook until heated, but still crunchy.
  11. Chop chicken and add to skillet.
  12. Drain pasta and add to skillet.
  13. Stir alfredo and spicy red spaghetti sauces together and add to skillet.
  14. Stir all ingredients together and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  15. Shred parmesan or romano cheese on top.
  16. Serve immediately.
  1. A green pepper can be substituted for the yellow pepper if the stronger green pepper flavor is preferred.
  2. Any combo of alfredo and spaghetti sauces can be used, but our favorite is garlic alfredo with spicy spaghetti sauce. Several spaghetti sauce makers make a flavor specifically called "spicy."
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 If you have any comments or questions, please, don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I’d love to hear how your family liked this little skillet dish.

Super Easy Italian Skillet Pasta

And, as always, thanks so much for sharing this time with me.  



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  • Reply SheilaG@Plum Doodles February 24, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Wow, that sauce combo is genius! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 24, 2016 at 9:10 am

      LOL….thanks Shelia. A total accident with a very happy ending. Thanks for visiting…..Susie

  • Reply terristeffes February 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Love the tablecloth 🙂 This looks so good. I am going to add it to my list for a dinner party. We love to do dinner parties in the summer. Fellow participant, the pasta e’ fagioli soup is mine.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 24, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Hi Terri,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I’ll be hopping over to check out your yummy soup later today….Susie

  • Reply susan February 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    This looks so good!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Susan. Hope you will give it a try.

  • Reply Alli Rutherford Smith February 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

    We southerners do love our casseroles! 🙂 I’m drooling over here looking at your chicken and pasta dish. I can’t wait to make it for the family. I can almost smell the deliciousness.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Alli. You’re just the sweetest. It’s truly a family-style comfort food. Hope your family enjoys giving it a try. ….XO. … Susie

  • Reply Barb @ The Everyday Home February 24, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Man, I could eat a huge whopping plate of this right now. Talk about a comfort food!! And you had me at casserole. 😀 *pinned Thanks for joining me for the Italian Feast Blog Hop. xxoo, Barb

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Barb. You come right over and I’ll whip up a whopping big skillet just for you!!

  • Reply Meegan February 26, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Pasta and chicken. Two of my favorite combinations. Thanks for sharing Susie. My family will love this.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Meegan. Enjoy!!

  • Reply April R - Uncookie Cutter March 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Susie, this looks amazing! So glad you linked up again at You Link Up, We Make it – hope to see you back tomorrow!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 1, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks, April. I have a few recipes in development. Look forward to sharing soon.

  • Reply knockoffcrafter March 2, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hi Susie! Thanks so much for linking up at the You Link It, We Make It party! Followed you on Facebook and am looking forward to following along! Hope to see you soon!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks so much. I will see you next week.

  • Reply palatablepastime March 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I love chicken and penne! I should find time to make it more often!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      I agree. Chicken and penne is awesome and this recipe is easy and original. Enjoy!

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