Barbecue Chicken Rigatoni and Cheese
Barbecue chicken, slightly spiced and combined with rigatoni pasta, a mixture of cheeses, and topped with toasted bread crumbs and more cheese. It’s a new version of an old-time comfort food.
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X 13-inch baking dish
For the Chicken
skinless chicken breasts
For the Rigatoni
1 stick unsalted butter
shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
salt plus additional if needed
freshly ground black pepper
cooked just below recommended cooking time (it will finish cooking while in the oven) and drained
For the Topping
Panko bread crumbs
Mexican cheese blend
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Prepare a 9 X 13-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
For the Chicken
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by lining it with tin foil and spraying the foil with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together the cayenne pepper, garlic powder and barbecue sauce.
Brush the sauce onto both sides of the chicken.
Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked and the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F. with a meat thermometer.
Cut into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
For the Cheese Sauce
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Whisk in flour and mustard.
Slowly whisk in milk and continue to cook until sauce thickens.
Mix in 4 cups of the shredded cheeses (the sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack and Mozzarella), salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Add more salt if needed.
Cook and stir until the cheese melts.
Remove from heat and mix in rigatoni, stirring until thoroughly combined.
Add chicken pieces and mix.
Pour into prepared baking dish.
For the topping
In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add bread crumbs and toast until lightly golden.
Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
With the rigatoni mixture in the baking dish, sprinkle 1 cup of the Mexican cheese blend on top.
Sprinkle the toasted Panko bread crumbs on the cheese, followed by the remaining cup of Mexican cheese on top of the bread crumbs.
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until bubbly.
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