Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

This is a popular dish at The Cheesecake Factory, you know, after the all-important cheesecake, of course. After a few tries I think it’s pretty close, it’s not too difficult to cook, and just a few dishes to dirty-got to love that. While it is a bit of a long shopping list, it is totally worth it for the fantastic flavor this mix makes.

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. and 2 tsp. of honey
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 3-4 Tbsp. chipotle’s in adobo sauce
  • 8 oz. dry penne pasta
  • ¾-1 cup frozen peas
  • Olive oil
  1. Prepare pasta per directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  2. Chop chicken into bite sized pieces. Place in a bowl or large plastic bag. Squeeze the juice of one entire lemon over chicken. Add honey. Mix well to coat. Set aside to allow chicken to marinate.
  3. Dice onions and peppers into small pieces.
  4. Drizzle olive oil and one tablespoon of butter into a large saucepan. Pour in chicken and marinade. . Spread out and cook over medium heat until all pieces are thoroughly done, flip chicken to cook both sides. Remove from pan and set aside for now.
  5. Using the same pan, add in a little more olive oil, sauté onions and peppers until onions become translucent. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute, add 1 Tbsp. honey.
  6. Add peas to pan, and cook for 2 more minutes. Add 3 Tbsp. of chipotle in adobo sauce (just the sauce don’t use the big peppers, at least not for this recipe) Add more or less as your taste preference. Now stir in 2 cups half and half, and 1 cup of parmesan cheese.
  7. Turn to low heat and let sauce simmer and thicken for 5 minutes.
  8. Toss penne and chicken in with sauce until well mixed and coated.
  9. Top with cilantro or diced green onions.
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