Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pasta

The Eat at Home Challenge is off to a great start! Nearly 1800 people have joined.  I’m doing the challenge right along with everyone else, but last week I was sick all week.  Summer isn’t supposed to be for viruses, but this one sure did lay me flat!  It’s put me a little behind and made the Eat at Home Challenge a bit more challenging for my family.  We haven’t eaten perfectly planned meals, but we have eaten.  Fingers crossed that this week is better!

Today, we’ve got a recipe from Kate.  This one looks fantastic!

I know the summer stereotype is lazy days but my summers are always busy. The longer days always seem to keep us out and about later, which often means less time to make dinner. This pasta has been one of my favorites so far this summer. It’s a recreation of something I got at a local café and it comes together in about fifteen minutes. If you cook the pasta the night before, you can have it on the table in about five.

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I prefer to serve this cold – it feels more refreshing on a summer night, especially with fresh-from-the-garden corn and tomatoes – but you can heat it if you want to.

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Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. mini penne
  • 1 lb. cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ear of corn, grilled and cut off
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tsp. chipotle sauce, or more, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ranch dressing and chipotle sauce.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chicken, corn, tomato and onion. Pour the dressing over and toss to coat. Add the cheese and stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Ranch Slaw

Can you believe we’ve made it to Day 75 in our Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series?  There have been such a variety of recipes shared.  Scroll to the bottom of this post and you’ll find a link to all of them.  

The combo of chicken, bacon and ranch is one of my favorites. In my opinion, any dish with the three of them is bound to be good. One morning when I was pressed for time and trying to think of something to throw in the slow cooker for dinner, I realized I had all three on hand – and these sandwiches were born!

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These are a great go-to dinner, especially in warm weather. Despite being a hot sandwich, the cool ranch slaw makes these feel light and refreshing.  I love to pair these with fries and some veggies with dip.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Ranch Slaw
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs. boneless chicken breast
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
  • 3 oz. real bacon bits
  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • Ranch dressing
  • Rolls, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the broth and dressing mix. Pour over the chicken. Sprinkle the bacon bits over the top.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Shred the chicken once cooked.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, toss the coleslaw mix with enough ranch dressing to lightly coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Serve the shredded chicken on rolls, topped with ranch slaw.

This is day 75 in our 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

15 min Gluten-free BLT Pizza

Have you ever had one of those nights that you literally had 15 minutes to get dinner on the table? I seem to have them a lot. We get home – it’s dinner time and everyone is hungry! This little gem is one of my favorites. Now that I discovered it, my family asks for it once a week. I hope that it becomes a favorite in your home too.

You’ll need:

  • Gluten-free pizza crust
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bacon bits (homemade or bought)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of ranch (I make mine like this)

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pizza crust out on a pan.
  3. Cover with the cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until all toppings are melted and lightly browned.
  5. Mix the tomato, lettuce, and ranch together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the pizza with the lettuce mixture on top of it.

15 min Gluten Free BLT Pizza
Ingredients
  • Gluten-free pizza crust
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bacon bits (homemade or bought)
  • ¼ cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup of ranch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pizza crust out on a pan.
  3. Cover with the cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until all toppings are melted and lightly browned.
  5. Mix the tomato, lettuce, and ranch together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the pizza with the lettuce mixture on top of it.

 

 

Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

 


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