Monday, February 3, 2014

De-Constructed Red Hot Chicken Casserole

For Superbowl Sunday, it's not uncommon to see "Hot Wings" on the party menu. While I do enjoy a good hot wing, I am not a fan of the, eating or cleaning from it. While I am so NOT a football fan, I was beginning to crave the taste of the hot wing sauce. If you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you know how I do enjoy pasta. So....with that in mind, I adapted a sort of deconstructed hot wing, pasta casserole type dish to have instead. It satisfied with the spicy chicken flavor I was looking for, yet had the cheese pasta that I love. 

12 oz. large elbow noodles
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
crushed red pepper
Thai style chili sauce
1/2 Tblsp minced garlic (I prefer jarred garlic)
1 1/4 c. homemade Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (or store bought)
1 celery stalk, finely diced
5 oz. sundried tomato & pesto goat cheese
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
4 cups 2% milk

1 c. Franks Red Hot Wings (hot) sauce
8 oz. jalapeno jack shredded cheese
4 c. cheddar cheese cubes

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9"x13" oblong casserole and set aside. 

Season chicken breasts with desired amount of spicy chili sauce, 
garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium low heat until juices 
run clear and meat is fully cooked.
 In the meantime, prepare noodles according to package directions. 
Drain and set aside. 

Remove chicken from dutch oven and dice into small cubes. 
Be careful handling chicken as meat is still hot. 

 In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, diced celery 
and goat cheese. Stir well to combine. 

 In a medium sauce pot over medium low heat, 
melt 6 Tblsps butter.

To the melted butter, whisk in flour.Cook over med low heat 
about 3-4 minutes stirring consistently.
 Now stir in milk. 
 Continue stirring and cooking until mixture begins to feel "tight."

Reduce heat to low and stir in Frank's Red Hot sauce and 
jalapeno jack cheese. Stir until cheese melts and mixture is smooth
 to stir. 
 Stir in diced chicken.
In a greased 9"x13" oblong casserole, mix together the cooked 
pasta and cubed cheddar cheese.
 Pour chicken & cheese sauce over the pasta. 
Carefully stir to mix together.

Top with bread crumb mixture. Bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes, 
until bubbly and cheese is melted.
 Remove from oven and serve. 
Pairs great with homemade bread and butter.  

Click HERE for printable recipe