LEFTOVER GRILLED CHICKEN, SMOKED SAUSAGE & PASTA

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So you've got leftover grilled chicken, and you don't know what to do with it. You're tired of the same old recipes. You ask yourself, "What can I make with this grilled chicken?" I'm sure most of you can relate to this.

Turn your leftover grilled chicken into this pasta dish. No sauce required. It's light and tasty, a big hit with my family!

LEFTOVER GRILLED CHICKEN, SMOKED SAUSAGE & PASTA

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into thin strips

  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence

  • 1/2 teaspoon House Seasoning (1 cup coarse salt, 1/4 cup black pepper, 1/4 cup garlic powder)

  • 8 ounces (1/2 pound) smoked sausage, halved and sliced diagonally (I used Slovacek's Hickory Smoked Beef Sausage from HEB)

  • 6 ounces penne pasta

  • 2 leftover grilled chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces

  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup pasta water

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, season to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Heat a large pot of boiling salted water.

<roasting the vegetables>

  • Toss the first seven ingredients (zucchini, onions, red bell pepper, carrots, olive oil, herbes de provence and house seasoning) on a large baking sheet pan.

  • Spread evenly on the pan.

  • Bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Stirring occassionally.

<roasting the smoked sausage>

  • Place sliced smoked sausage on to a small baking sheet pan.

  • Spread evenly on the pan.

  • Bake on another shelf of the oven along with the vegetables for 10 to 12 minutes.

<cooking the pasta>

  • Add the pasta to salted boiling water.

  • Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, edible but still firm.

  • Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, aka pasta water.

<preparing the chicken>

  • Slice and then reheat the chicken in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.

  • OR

  • Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat.

  • Season the chicken with house seasoning, rind of 1 lemon and juice of 1 lemon.

  • Cook on the grill, about 7 minutes per side.

<assembling the dish>

  • Combine the vegetables, sausage, pasta, chicken and parmesan cheese in a large serving bowl.

  • Add the cooking liquid (make sure its still hot) to moisten the dish.

  • Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Notes

  • You may add up to a pound of pasta or no pasta at all.

  • Add yellow squash or other bell peppers, if you like.

  • Try to keep the vegetables the same length, such as cutting the carrots the length of the bell peppers.

  • If you're unsure what kind of sausage to buy, you're safe with getting Kielbasa.

  • I use a food scale to weigh my ingredients out where it calls for ounces. You can also eyeball it.

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