Baked BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta

Ingredients

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 3/4″ pieces

1/4 cup Mild BBQ Sauce

1 tbsp. Kinder’s Mild BBQ Rub

8 oz. Penne pasta

1/2 lb. bacon, thick-cut, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 small red onion, chopped

6 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated

4 green onions, chopped

1/4 cup cilantro

Instructions
  1. Step 1

    Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

  2. Step 2

    Cook Penne according to package directions minus 1 minute. Drain. Set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Fry bacon until crisp, set aside on paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Step 4

    Saute onion over medium to high heat for two minutes or until softened.

  5. Step 5

    Season chicken with Mild BBQ Rub and add chicken and continue cooking, about 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F.

  6. Step 6

    Remove from heat, add 1/2 the bacon and combine. Set aside to cool.

  7. Step 7

    Add Mild BBQ Sauce to the chicken mixture along with pasta, green onions, cilantro and 3/4 of the grated cheese.

  8. Step 8

    Transfer to greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish or cast iron skillet. Top with remaining cheese and bacon.

  9. Step 9

    Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve and Enjoy.

Notes:
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