Creamy Swiss & BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta

Creamy Swiss & BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta is our new favorite family dinner! Creamy pasta with barbecue chicken and a buttery cracker topping.  A simple and tasty meal, perfect for any night of the week. 

Creamy Swiss & BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta RecipeLast Friday we took a little trip down to Texas and I got my first taste of Rudy’s Barbecue.  It was fabulous, the brisket…I could go on for days about that brisket.   It must have given me the barbecue bug.  Because I have made food slathered in barbecue every day since.

I was aiming for something quick and easy so I pulled out a box of penne pasta and started some water.  I found some Swiss cheese and a few chicken breasts and of course I always have barbecue sauce.  Sometimes my favorite dinners just evolve as I’m cooking with no plan at all.

Creamy Swiss & BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta from Miss in the KitchenI took inspiration from my very favorite Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese from Recipe Girl.  I  used cream cheese in the sauce, added in the barbecue chicken and topped it off with a few Ritz Crackers and baked it all together for a few minutes.  This was a true hit with the whole family, even my pickiest eater who typically hates pasta loved it.  

It probably goes without saying, but you gotta try this!

Creamy Swiss & BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta

Creamy Swiss & BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta
 
Ingredients
For the chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup barbecue sauce
For the Pasta and Sauce
  • 1 pound penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese
For topping:
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
For the Chicken
  1. Add olive oil to a skillet and place over medium-high heat. Toss cut up chicken breasts with flour and salt. Add to oil and cook, stirring occasionally until browned on all sides, about 7-10 minutes. Add barbecue sauce to skillet and cook about 2 minutes stirring to coat well.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the sauce:
  1. Add butter to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Add flour and salt and whisk to combine. Cook for 2 minutes and add milk, whisking constantly until mixture comes together. Cut cream cheese into quarters and add to milk mixture, add Swiss cheese and continue to whisk until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
  2. Stir in cooked pasta and barbecue chicken. Stir until well combined. Pour into an oven safe dish and top with Ritz crackers and parsley.
  3. Bake for for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately.

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