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    Ruby Tuesday Sonora Chicken Pasta Copycat by Todd Wilbur

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    45 mins

    15 mins

    30 mins

    sweetcakes's Note:

    Pasta, black beans, and chicken all mingling together in a spicy cream sauce. Recipe created by Todd Wilbur

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    1. 1
      Prepare the barbecue or preheat your stovetop grill.
    2. 2
      Combine the cheese spread with the cream in a small saucepan.
    3. 3
      Saute' the red chili pepper and 2 tablespoons green chili pepper, 2 tablespoons onion, and 1/2 clove garlic in the olive oil for a couple minutes then add the water to the pan so that the peppers do not scorch. Simmer another 2 minutes or until the water has cooked off.
    4. 4
      When the cheese is smooth, add the sauteed vegetables, 1/4 teaspoon salt, sugar, vinegar, and cumin. Leave on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the other ingredients are ready.
    5. 5
      Pour the entire can of beans with the liquid into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining green chili pepper, onions, garlic, a pinch of salt, and a dash of paprika. Bring the beans to a boil, stirring often, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until everything else is ready. By this time the beans will have thickened and the onions will have become transparent.
    6. 6
      Rub the chicken breasts lightly with oil, then season with salt, thyme, and savory.
    7. 7
      Cook the breasts on a hot grill for 5 minutes per side or until done. When they have cooked thoroughly, remove them from the grill and use a sharp knife to slice each breast into 1/2-inch slices, so that they are easier to eat. Retain the shape of the chicken breast by keeping the slices in order with one hand as you slice.
    8. 8
      As the chicken cooks, prepare the pasta in a large pot filled with 3 to 4 quarts of boiling water. Cook the pasta for 12 to 14 minutes or until tender. Drain the pasta in a colander, and toss with the butter.
    9. 9
      When everything is ready, spoon one-fourth of the pasta onto each plate.
    10. 10
      Pour about 1/3 cup of the black beans over the pasta.
    11. 11
      Carefully add a sliced breast of chicken, being sure to maintain its shape as you lay the slices on the bed of pasta.
    12. 12
      Spread 1/3 cup of black beans over the chicken.
    13. 13
      Sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes on the beans.
    14. 14
      Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of green onions on the tomatoes and serve immediately. Salt to taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 18, 2009


      This dish definitely deserves a better rating!! I used to work at Ruby Tuesday and used to get this dish as my server meal all the time. This recipe tastes exactly the same!! The only thing I did slightly differently is after the cheese sauce and pasta were prepared, I tossed the pasta directly in the cheese sauce making sort of a mac 'n cheese. I then topped each dish with a spoonful of black beans, chicken, and freshly made pico de gallo (diced tomatoes, onions and cilantro). I doubled the recipe and made it for a dinner party and it was a HUGE hit!! I will definitely make it again and again!!

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    • on September 23, 2009


      IF yo make this the way it says, this tastes EXACTLY like R.T. I got this in 2000 from a friend because she knows I loved it, and it's perfect! It takes a lot of pots and pans, but boy is it worth it!! EVERYONE i make it for loves it. I had the cheese go waxy once, but that's because I threw it all together instead of doing the steps. It's awesome!!

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    • on July 02, 2011

      Its better with pre made queso dip. I used to work there and that's what they used the queso dip as the sauce. Good stuff.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ruby Tuesday Sonora Chicken Pasta Copycat by Todd Wilbur

    Serving Size: 1 (493 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1150.1
    Calories from Fat 420
    Total Fat 46.7 g
    Saturated Fat 26.2 g
    Cholesterol 213.5 mg
    Sodium 2149.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 125.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 19.6 g
    Sugars 12.3 g
    Protein 59.7 g

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