By now you all now how much I love pasta. And cream sauces. And chicken. So when a dish combines all three, with the added bonus of mushrooms and bacon for SP, it's guaranteed to be a winner in our house. Cassie recently had this Rigatoni with Chicken, Bacon and Mushrooms on her weekly meal plan and I immediately added it to ours as well.
With the exception of our New Year's Eve dinner (which I'm sad I didn't photograph because SP said it was the best meal I've made in a very long time) this is one of the only meals I've cooked. After Christmas dinner I haven't spent much time in the kitchen between leftovers, takeout, and my birthday. It felt good to actually cook a proper meal. And bonus points for using only one skillet (and a pot to boil the pasta). Thanks for yet another winner, Cassie.
Rigatoni with Chicken, Bacon and Mushrooms
Slightly Adapted from Cassie Craves
Salt and pepper
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
6-ounces mushrooms, cut into quarters
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
15 fresh basil leaves, julienned
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
Cook rigatoni in boiling salted water according to al dente. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a plate.
Using the same pan, cook the bacon just shy of crispy. Add onions and mushrooms and cook until onions are translucent. Increase heat to high and add chicken stock and apple juice. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and let cook for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and half of the basil; season with salt and pepper. Reduce to medium low heat and cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about 15 minutes.
Stir cream and remaining basil into the sauce. Add chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Stir to combine. Add rigatoni to and toss to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with additional cheese.