Cooking with Less Kilowatts: One-Pot Green Chili Chicken, Bacon, & Gouda Pasta

By Stacie Morgan, September 1, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

As the entire family settles back into the school routine, it can be difficult to find a dinner that is tasty, quick, and filling. And nobody wants to keep the same meals every night of the week. If your family is like mine and ends up with leftover chicken, chop it up and add a few other ingredients to make a delicious pot of green chili chicken, bacon, and Gouda pasta.

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This simple one-pot pasta dish will solve many school night dinner problems.

This is a great recipe to make when you don’t have many fresh ingredients on hand and need to pull something together quickly. This creamy, flavorful pasta dish is bold and filling without being too spicy. My young son eats this happily, if it gives you an idea of the heat level.

If you don’t have leftover chicken available, just cut two raw chicken breasts into small pieces and cook them for five minutes on medium heat in the butter with the bacon, garlic, and seasonings before adding the green chilies. The mild spice of the green chilies and the vinegary green pepper sauce prevents the pasta from being too rich with the Gouda cheese, half and half, and chicken stock.

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While we recommend a pasta like the fusilli used in this recipe, you can also use classic elbow macaroni or penne, and it will still cook quickly and taste delicious!

The cilantro used today is the dried kind I keep on hand for quick dishes like this, but you can definitely use fresh chopped cilantro, as I love using fresh herbs in my Cooking with Less Kilowatts recipes.

The step where you microwave the chicken stock is pretty important, as this helps speed up the cooking time (which lowers your energy usage). Garnish your finished pasta with some extra shredded Gouda cheese, bacon pieces, and/or cilantro and serve!

One-Pot Green Chile Chicken, Bacon, and Gouda Pasta

Ingredients:

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This recipe provides a tasty way to re-purpose your leftover chicken.

  • 1 c. Chopped chicken (white and/or dark meat)
  • ¾ c. Green chilies (drained from can)
  • ¾ c. Real natural bacon pieces
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
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These spices pack the flavor without upping the heat.

  • 1 tbsp. Green pepper sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. Onion powder
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Parsley flakes
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Paprika
  • 12 oz. Fusilli shaped dry pasta package
  • 2 c. Chicken stock
  • ½ c. Milk
  • ½ c. Half and half
  • 2 c. Shredded Gouda cheese
  • ½ tbsp. Dried or fresh chopped cilantro
  • Extra Green pepper sauce, shredded Gouda, or bacon pieces to garnish

Directions:

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Follow the directions for these ingredients closely, or the dish could become too soupy in consistency.

1) Prepare the ingredients as directed.

2) Microwave the chicken stock for two minutes in microwave safe container to heat up.

3) Add the butter to a large pot and heat over medium heat so it melts.

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Not only are one-pot pasta dishes easy to cook, but they’re also easy to clean later!

4) Add the leftover chicken, bacon, garlic, and seasonings to the pot and sauté for two minutes to heat through.

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Slowly stir your ingredients with each step to ensure an even distribution of flavors.

5) Add the green chilies and green pepper sauce to the pot and cook for two more minutes.

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Pasta!

6) Add the dry pasta into the pot and stir to coat the chicken/bacon/chili mixture.

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Did you preheat your chicken stock before adding it to the pot?!

7) Pour in the warmed chicken stock and milk. Simmer over medium heat for seven to ten minutes. Stir as needed until the liquid is almost all absorbed and pasta is almost done.

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Mmmm…. Cheese….

8) Turn the heat to low. Add the half-and-half, shredded Gouda cheese, and cilantro. Stir to combine the ingredients thoroughly and let all cook together into a thick sauce for two minutes.

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Serve it up!

9) Turn off the heat and serve with a garnish of extra bacon, gouda, or green pepper sauce.

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Time to eat!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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