Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta

Delicious and creamy, this Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta won’t disappoint you.

Question

But before we all jump into this gooey goodness (aka Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta), I’ve got a question. Have you ever had a situation when you got used to a specific product, and then it just disappeared from the stores? I bet you have! Or probably it happens every now and again. (But I hope it doesn’t.)

Personally, I don’t recall many of these stories. This has happened a couple of times with some beauty products. I liked some things, and I would regularly buy them until the moment they just vanished. Not a big deal (But I won’t lie – I was hoping to find it for a while. Still not a big deal.)

As about food, once an ice cream company stopped producing one flavor which I adored (It might be inappropriate to use this verb referring to ice cream, but you should know my love for ice cream). That was quite sad cause the combo was truly fabulous, and I have any solid reasons why would the company do that. Well, perhaps that flavor wasn’t popular which is not a good explanation either.

Pesto

Another story has happened this year. It’s not about disappearing the particular brand – it’s about the item.

Sun-dried tomato pesto. Oh, I like this stuff. With pasta, gnocchi, crepes, or just straight from the jar (Don’t judge me). So good. My favorite thing is a toast with some plain cream cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. Check this out, friends. I always have a jar in the fridge. Wait, should I say “I used to have”?

In January I was planning on making pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto and some proteins (I wasn’t sure yet would I choose poultry or Italian sausage). So I went to our regular grocery store to grab a jar of pesto and probably some inspiration.

And you know what? I didn’t find it (Pesto. Not the inspiration). The empty spot reserved for these jars was surrounded by classic pesto. However, since the price tags were still here, I though the store temporary run out of it. I decided to move my plans for the next weekend.

When I returned in a week, I found the same picture. I didn’t want to move my pasta anymore so I stopped at Walmart. I didn’t find it here either (On a side note, I never saw it here before so that wasn’t the same case).

Then I made a very difficult decision because I couldn’t wait for pasta any longer. No, I didn’t adjudicate on making pesto from scratch. Instead, I decided to use regular sun-dried tomatoes.

As you see, this luscious Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta  appeared in my life.

Certainly, I don’t regret it. Although it wasn’t the original idea, this dish turned out amazing.

Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta

The combination of chicken, smoked gouda, smoked paprika, and sun-dried tomatoes is so hearty (And yes, I had a little of pesto from the open jar which I also incorporated. I hope that wasn’t the last jar).

Also, when I want to get a creamy, silky, and rich sauce without heavy cream, I always use cream cheese. If you haven’t tried using it in pasta…well, you’re missing a lot, my friends!

It’s definitely not the lightest pasta, but cream cheese makes the difference.

Seriously, you should try this Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta.

And I won’t give up on that pesto although it’s been over a month when I see the empty shelf with a price tag. But if one day you find a recipe for pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto here one day, you will know I’ve been lucky enough!

Chicken Sun Dried Tomato Baked Pasta

Yield: 4-6

Ingredients

  • about 350 gr dried pasta (about 6 cups of cooked)
  • 2 medium skinless chicken breasts, thickly sliced (3 cups shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon olive/vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cream cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
  • 1,5 cups smoked Gouda, grated (smoked cheddar or mozzarella are fine)
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 2-3 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C / 350-360 degrees F.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water as recommended on package, 1-2 minutes less than until al dente. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  3. In a meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the chicken for just about 5-6 minutes, until no longer pink and almost cooked through (Check with the spatula - you can easily cut a piece with a spatula when the chicken is ready). Off heat.
  4. To make the sauce, in a large saucepan place the milk, cream cheese, and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, over medium heat. Let the cream cheese melt, stirring. Add the pesto, oregano, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Let it simmer for just few minutes until incorporated.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in the cooked pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 cup of grated cheese. Mix to coat. If the sauce is too thick (not enough), add a little bit of milk more (up to 1/4 cup).
  6. Transfer the mixture to a deep baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 5 minutes more until the cheese is melted then cook under grill for 1-2 minutes to get a lovely crust.
  7. Remove from oven. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

havocinthekitchen.com

http://www.havocinthekitchen.com/chicken-sun-dried-tomato-baked-pasta/

13 Thoughts on “Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta

  1. Kelly G on June 16, 2017 at 4:35 am said:

    Sounds great, but I’m wondering what the actual cream cheese measurement is. Thanks.

  2. Heavenly! Just pure soothing comfort food with all things I love Ben.
    The product that slayed me was when a certain brand stopped making chocolate chip pecan sandies. I mean, WTF? Who doesn’t love that… and they replace dit with chocolate chip almond sandies. The nerve! I stopped buying their other products. It was the one cookie I bought at the market… Now I make my own! :)
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  3. Oh, it certainly happened to me a few times, and sadly those products were the ones I liked the most. One time it was a spicy Indian snack called ‘namkeen’, they sold it for a year and then it was gone forever. :( This pasta looks indeed so delicious and creamy. I love sun-dried tomato and glad that you added that in this baked pasta. Great share, Ben.
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  4. Mmmmmmmmm sun-dried tomatoes + chicken = light up my taste buds like fireworks in the sky!!!

    (PS: every time I fall in love with a product, it gets discontinued…. STORY OF MY LIFE) ha!

  5. OMG, YESSS that has happened to me and on at least one occasion I thought I was going to start crying in the store. Because HOW DARE THEY stop carrying that product! ;) Seriously though. I have this popcorn butter spray that I am ADDICTED to and the ONE store that carries it around here just stopped carrying it one day. Just like that. No warning. No rhyme or reason. Just poof. NO MORE. Needless to say I through a temper tantrum and now just order it online (for a higher price because shipping cost), but what can you do? As for your sun dried tomato pesto, BEN, just make it yourself!!!! It’s so easy! <3 Anyways, did you know I'm obsessed with sun dried tomatoes?! AND sun dried tomato pesto (obviously). So this creamy pasta is just torturing me! It looks absolutely delicious buddy! I need a vat of this. STAT! Be a good friend and send me some… mmmmmkay? Cheers!
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  6. Ben, I so know what you mean about those disappearing products! I used to get Sri Lankan Woodapple Jam at this little Soth Asian Store and then boom – just like that they stopped stocking it – though I am thinking I might have been the only one buying it as there aren’t a whole lotta people who are familiar with ‘woodapple jam!” Oh well…onto this delicious concoction of chicken + sundried tomatoes + sundried tomatoe pesto + Gouda + Cream cheese – it sure looks delightfully delicious! I have never tried cream cheese in pasta before – am thinking my daughter would love how creamy this is! Now, I want some toast with some plain cream cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto! :)
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  7. Oh man, that has totally happened to me before, Ben! I remember back when I first graduated from college and was learning how to cook, I got hooked on this pasta that was designed to be used in baked pasta dishes (so kinda like this delicious pasta bake of yours). I have no idea what was different about that pasta…but since I didn’t know much about the kitchen, I assumed you needed that special pasta to make stuff like baked ziti. But then they stopped selling it! I was heartbroken. But then I learned you can make pasta bakes with regular pasta. Silly me! Speaking of pasta bakes, I need to try this version soon. That smoked gouda in this one takes it to a whole new level. Oh, and I say go online and order that sun dried tomato pesto. You can get anything online! :-)
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