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    Penne With Chicken in Creamy Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce

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    1 hr

    40 mins

    20 mins

    -Patrish's Note:

    This is a modified, kicked-up version of a Monterey Chicken recipe I made one time. Prep and cook times are approximate.

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    1. 1
      Over medium heat, cook bacon until semi-crisp, reserving drippings.
    2. 2
      Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble when cool.
    3. 3
      Sauté sliced chicken in bacon drippings until no longer pink.
    4. 4
      Remove from pan and set aside.
    5. 5
      In the same skillet, add the butter and cook onion, peppers and garlic until just tender.
    6. 6
      Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
    7. 7
      Add 3/4 cup of the broth, and the milk. Cook and stir until bubbly.
    8. 8
      Stir in cheese and sour cream; then add the chicken and crumbled bacon to the sauce.
    9. 9
      Reheat, stirring to melt cheese, but do no allow to boil to avoid separation. If the sauce is too thick, add the remaining 1/4 cup chicken broth and/or a little more milk.
    10. 10
      Serve over cooked penne pasta and sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 24, 2011


      This recipe isn't for me. I made this for the first time and didn't make any changes at all. I think the idea of southwestern style pasta dish just isn't for me. The sauce itself, looked more like soup, and probably would have tasted better as a soup. It is spicy, but was missing something. This is just my opinion, a lot of people enjoyed it like my husband. Sauce doesn't taste like a pasta sauce, but a soupy sauce. I won't make this anymore, it was a disappointment.

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    • on July 22, 2009


      This was so flavorful with just the right amount of kick. I had everything prepped and ready to go (as suggested by other reviews). I added 1 large jalapeno and left the cayenne pepper out. It was perfect for us. I also doubled the garlic and used half and half because my milk was only 1%. This makes a ton, we had it again last night and there is still some left over. (all three of us are light eaters). Thank you Patrish for posting such a yummy recipe! Will definitely make again! :)

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    • on March 15, 2008


      Really great! I used 5 slices of pancetta instead of bacon, which gave a really nice flavor. Served over rice instead of penne, but I think it would be fantastic either way! Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Penne With Chicken in Creamy Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (258 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 541.7
    Calories from Fat 183
    Total Fat 20.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.7 g
    Cholesterol 68.4 mg
    Sodium 345.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
    Sugars 1.7 g
    Protein 23.4 g

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