Pasta/ Recipes

Barbecue Chicken Pasta


Whewwwwww I leave for Seattle tomorrow morning! I can’t wait and no, I have never been before. Any recommendations from you locals? Other than bring my rainboots and sweater, that is. I’m so pumped to be attending BlogHer Food this year and hopefully getting to meet a few of you while I’m there! I’ve got a few great roommates and am all set for a fun (early birthday!) girls weekend. If you’re headed to Seattle this weekend, too, please say hi! I love new friends.

I also love barbecue chicken. And pasta. And cheddar cheese. And cilantro! Extra cilantro.

I came up with this easy weeknight pasta dish the other day and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. Even though it contains a splash of cream and some cheese (like all good things do), it still remains pretty light—perfect for a quick summer meal!

I used this Stubb’s dry rub seasoning on both the chicken and in the pasta sauce itself. I think I mentioned last time that I’m doing a little bit of work for the company and this is one of the recipes I developed using their yummy products. All it is is sea salt, paprika and black pepper so it’s an easy way to spice up a dish without grabbing a bunch of different spices from your spice rack (or in my case, my incredibly messy and too small spice drawer).

After I made this, I packaged it all up and drove it down to Adam’s house for dinner! We ate it while catching up on Mad Men and I’m sure some people are about to get mad at me for saying this, but I must say it anyway: WHAT IS WITH THIS SEASON?!?!??!?!


We are now all caught up, but by the end of the show last night (or, last Sunday night for those who watch it real time) I looked over at Adam and said, “I’m done. I’m done with Mad Men forever”. Not that I’m overdramatic or anything like that, but really! I’m done. It’s all just gotten so weird and dark….I don’t know. Can someone please back me up on this though? Sigh.

Now I’m all hot and bothered. You should probably just go make this pasta, NOT watch Mad Men and give yourself a pedicure instead. You deserve it.

P.S. I know others still like Mad Men and that’s totally fine. I expressed my angst last night to a friend from yoga and he just looked at me like I was crazy and said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about—I love this season!”. It’s probably just me.

Barbecue Chicken Pasta

serves 4

Print this recipe!


8 oz dry rotini pasta (little corkscrews)

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut up into 1″ chunks

2 1/2 tsp Stubb’s BBQ dry rub seasoning, divided

1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin

1.5 tbsp canola oil

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup cream

1 tsp minced garlic

1 shallot, finely minced

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

minced cilantro for serving


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, being careful to reserve 1/4 cup pasta water. Set noodles and reserved water aside.

Sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp barbecue seasoning over sliced chicken breast. Toss well to coat.

Heat a tablespoon of the oil in a large cast iron or no

nstick skillet over high heat. Once hot, add chicken and cook until done, about 6-8 minutes. Once the chicken has finished cooking, scoop it out of the skillet and place on a plate. Now, add the strips of orange bell pepper and saute briefly for about 1 minute. Remove and place next to the chicken on the plate.

Heat up the remaining oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook for about 4 minutes. Then, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cream and sprinkle in the remaining teaspoon of barbecue seasoning, a pinch of cayenne pepper and sea salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp should do). Add the chicken and bell pepper back to the skillet and toss well.

Place the cooked pasta back into the pot you cooked it in, and pour over the sauce with the chicken and bell pepper. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over top and mix well so that the cheese melts. If pasta looks dry, add a tablespoon of reserved pasta water and toss. Season to taste.

Serve pasta with minced cilantro and extra cheese on top!


25 minutes

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    June 6, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Have fun in Seattle! I love barbeque flavors all summer long, so this looks great.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    June 6, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I know I say this a lot, but this dish looks SO good! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of something like this before. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your trip!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 6, 2012 at 4:22 am

    You’ll be in great craft beer territory! Drink up!

  • lisa
    June 6, 2012 at 4:30 am

    i think this is the best season of mad men yet! and this pasta looks amazing!

    • Meg
      June 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Agreed! My husband and I think it’s definitely the best season yet!

  • Sophia
    June 6, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I agree with Mad Men. It is such a strange season. I can’t quite throw in the towel just yet. I want to figure it out! Haven’t been able to yet so we’ll see. Definitely a controversial season. PS- This looks amazing! I love Stubb’s- I used to go all the time when I lived in Austin.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 6, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Sadly I’m not a Mad Men watcher at all, so I can’t really say whether or not I’m into this season, but I am TOTALLY into barbeque chicken and cilantro!! I can’t wait to try this, and please do a recap of BlogHer! I’m not able to go this year but rrrrrreally want to go next year.

  • Shelly
    June 6, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Go to the crumpet shop in seattle! So good!

  • Sarah @ Belle on Heels
    June 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

    My husband said the EXACT same thing about Mad Men. He’s like, OK when did this become the most depressing show on Earth?!?!

    And on a happier note, this looks like THE perfect pasta to take to a summer cook-out. I can’t wait to make it!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Love pasta salads! Perfect for summer cook outs and lazy cooking.

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    June 6, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Have fun in Seattle!! I love that food blogger trips actually double as girlfriend getaways! Totally makes it easy for this mom of 3 to sneak one in. πŸ˜‰ or two, or three. LOL!

    The stubbs seasoning sounds great! I’ve been reaching more and more for my paprika so this sounds great!!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    June 6, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Seattle is such an awesome town! I haven’t been since 2007, but I remember having some yum cocktails at Tini Bigs. Have such a fun time!

  • Kelsey
    June 6, 2012 at 5:51 am

    We made it halfway through season 4 and then we just lost interest for the same reasons – it just wasn’t the same anymore!

  • Heather @ Sugar n Spice
    June 6, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Jenna – the pasta looks beautiful! I’ve been looking for a recipe to jazz up my normal pasta, and I think this is just the ticket! Thanks for sharing and enjoy Seattle! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the city πŸ™‚

  • Megan
    June 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Love your work! I profiled your work on my blog, Art by Megan, today!
    Thanks and happy cooking / traveling / running / photographing πŸ™‚

  • Dawn
    June 6, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I still love Mad Men, but agree that the last few episodes were a bit disturbing. Hopefully once they get this out of their system the next season will be better! Although, I don’t think I’ll be able to look at certain characters the same way…

  • Erin A.
    June 6, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Oh my goodness, Jenna…. as a native Seattle-ite and a lover of all things breakfast, you have to try Portage Bay Cafe…. three locations and they have this wonderful thing called a TOPPINGS BAR. All natural, organic good food! My favorite thing on the menu is the coconut rice porriage…. or the white cannelinni bean eggs benedict! GO!

    And then for dessert, you HAVE to go to Molly Moon’s! Hands down the best ice-cream I’ve had. Salted caramel goodness!

  • Cait's Plate
    June 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

    My boyfriend would DIE for this. You pretty much just combined his two favorite things into one dish!

  • jenna k
    June 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

    i’m only halfway through the first season on netflix, but i’ve heard that from several women. maybe it’s a man thing to like the darkness? i’m not super into the show, but i definitely can’t see going dark being something natural.

  • Teresa
    June 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I’ve got to give this pasta recipe a try. I’ve been craving BBQ non-stop this summer.

    Mad Men is still one of my favorite shows, but this season is a little too dark for me. I still love to watch it to see all the 1960s fashions. My husband got me hooked on Game of Thrones. Have you watched it yet? This last season was amazing.

    • Dawn
      June 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      I’m addicted to Game of Thrones! I’m bummed that it’s over already, but I have the books to keep me company until next season.

  • Kinsey
    June 6, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Have fun in Seattle! You simply must go to Cafe Flora, Molly Moons ice cream, Delancy, and get Ivar’s fish and chips.

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    June 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

    i love this! totally pinning.

  • Amy C
    June 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I would totally recommend stopping at Portage Bay for breakfast/brunch. They have a few locations: one at University Village (near University of Washington) and another by Lake Union (closer to the Space Needle). Most of their food comes from local farms and everything is delicious. I grew up in Seattle but have been living in Vermont for a couple of years and every visit to Seattle requires breakfast at Portage Bay!

  • Linda
    June 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Love your recipes! When in Seattle, be sure to go to Serious Pie and Etta’s. Both restaurants are owned by Tom Douglass and are absolutely fantastic! (The desserts at both places are the best ever!)

    • Erin
      June 8, 2012 at 5:25 am

      I work at Lola! A tom douglas restaurant…and in my opinion the best TD restaurant. We have yummy everything…greek influenced. But I agree portage bay is super yummy for breakfast as well. Have an amazing time in the city… it’s lookin like the sun will show itself! Enjoy the public market, a MUST!!!

  • theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
    June 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I have never thought to put BBQ sauce on pasta but this sounds like a perfect summer dish!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks
    June 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

    A) Will you feed this to me tomorrow?


    C) I’m excited for tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    June 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Mad Men is way to dark this season! I’m still
    a loyal watcher, but cringe with each episode.
    Tasty recipe as always!

  • Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook
    June 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

    This looks really good – I love your quick and easy pasta dishes! On Mad Men, I was pretty shocked at how graphic the last episode was. My husband and I go back and forth on whether to keep watching, but I just can’t stay away. The plot lines are so thought-provoking. It’s hard to find good TV like that anymore.

  • Jill
    June 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Mmm.. looks great!

    We haven’t watched Mad Men this season but have heard that it’s been pretty crazy. Can’t wait to get caught up!

  • Urban Wife
    June 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Have fun in Seattle! My husband and I quit watching Mad Men at the end of last season and honestly, I have to say I don’t miss it one bit. I think the thing that drew us in initially were the fashions and era.

  • Becca
    June 6, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I’m not from Seattle, but my cousin is there right now with his traveling yoga show (not sure what to call it) I’m not sure what kind of free time you’ll have, but I definitely recommend checking it out. Here is their website for time, and hopefully soon, location information. they’re working down the coast, so I would recommend checking them out if they head your way later in the summer as well πŸ™‚

  • Dana
    June 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I haven’t seen this season of Mad Men yet, but from watching the first 4 seasons I absolutely love it!!! I’m so anxious to start watching season 5 – I’ve heard mixed reviews about it from a couple people and I’m getting curious as to what is happening!

    This pasta looks incredible! Can’t wait to make it this week for dinner πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea
    June 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

    My husband and I went to Seattle on our honeymoon — try to have brunch at Cafe Campagne if you can, the food is amazing! They make their sausage in-house (among other French delicacies), and frankly, it’s to die for (and I’m not even really a fan of sausage generally) — everything else we had there was delicious too, though!

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    June 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This looks YUMMY! I’ve never been to Seattle either, but I hear it’s incredible!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    June 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    i must say that i love mad men this season! yes it’s dark, but it’s reality and i think the character profiles they’ve built this season are so fascinating! pasta looks good too. πŸ™‚

  • Denise and Laura
    June 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Looks delicious! bbq chicken tastes so much better.
    Have fun in Seattle! I’ve never been but would be interested to go one day. Let us know how the food is!!

  • Jennifer
    June 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    This looks amazing!!!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  • sheena
    June 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I totally agree with you, I haven’t been enjoying this season’s Mad Men as much as the rest. Everyone I talk to is obsessed with how amazing it is, but I really haven’t liked it! I went a couple weekends without watching because I forgot it was on! That’s how angsty I’ve been about it πŸ˜‰

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I love macaroni shapes like that…I think the rotini pasta tastes better πŸ™‚ It’s all pasta, but I swear certain shapes just taste better.

    Have fun at BlogHer!!

  • Ali O
    June 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I can’t give up on Mad Men. It’s definitely different than other seasons but I’m trying to think about things in the context of the time period as well…it was a very interesting time in US history. I feel like maybe they need to do a better job of verbalizing how people are feeling. I mean, you can clearly see Don is going through a lot in his head this season but I feel like they don’t give us enough insight. I dunno….just my thoughts. Still love watching though. πŸ™‚

  • Heather
    June 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    i LOVE stubb’s! reminds me of home sweet Texas πŸ™‚

  • vivian
    June 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I think this is the best season of mad men so far.I love it.maybe I’m biased since they film it a couple of blocks from where I live:)

  • Chelsea Shors
    June 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You’ll love Seattle! I love it! Recommendations: any Tom Douglas restaurant (Serious Pie and Lola for breakfast are favs) and they are downtown, The Pink Door (downtown and hidden, but delicious italian with a little burlesque entertainment), and Macrina’s bakery in Queen Anne.

    If you can get to Ballard – it’s my favorite neighborhood – lots of good eats! Have a great time!

  • Gina
    June 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Oh Mad Men…I was basically horrified after the last episode…although I will keep watching for sure (I do enjoy True Blood after all even though I’m disgusted through each episode!)

    For Seattle…I’ve mentioned Be Luminous for a great yoga studio if you’re looking to sweat all the yummy food out a bit! This town really is a great place for food people. I’ve seen a few people mention Portage Bay Cafe, and while the food is good, I’m not in love with the atmosphere. I prefer more quaint bruncheries (is that a word?!) like Boat Street Cafe, Bacco, Hi Spot (which may be a bit far). I would recommend the Pike Place Market since you’ve never been, although to beat the crowd, it’s best to go from 9-11am. Downtown has a lot of restaurants, but you will find the gems in the various neighborhoods. Capital Hill has a ton…Restaurant Zoe, Quinn’s, Spinasse, Terra Plata (in the Melrose Building which is a must-go for food lovers in my opinion). Queen Anne has Emmer & Rye, How to Cook a Wolf. South Lake Union/East Belltown has the Tom Douglas Empire…I like Palace Kitchen and Lola the best. Spur Gastropub in Belltown is really good and they prepare their dishes using molecular technique. My favorite downtown restaurant is Lecosho…known for their pork dishes; also Purple is a great wine bar but it gets really packed on weekends. Fremont has Revel…best dumplings. If you are looking for a veg spot, I’d recommend Plum, Healeo (more lunch/snack) or Cafe Flora. And I haven’t even thought of bakeries yet…but this new place Crumble & Flake just opened on Capital Hill and it’s so popular that they sell out within a couple hours of opening!

  • Emele
    June 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I think I might try this tonight, but thought about adding some sauteed purple onion? Splash of color and taste!

  • Moni Meals
    June 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This looks amazing! You’re right, still pretty light, but still spot on. Plus, anything with Cayenne pepper and Stubbs works for me. Have a great time in Seattle! πŸ˜‰

  • Tamar
    June 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I’m not from Seattle, but I recently visited and went to Theo’s chocolate factory! If you haven’t had it, Theo’s makes amazing fair trade chocolate, of which you’ll get some samples on the tour! πŸ˜‰

  • Annie-Rose
    June 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I live in Seattle – and there are so many great places to try!

    I second a few of the suggestions above: Cafe Flora for great vegetarian food, and Macrina Bakery (Upper Queen Anne) for incredible baked goods, brunch, or lunch. AMAZING.

    Tom Douglas restaurants are really good. Ethan Stowell, the other “celeb” chef in Seattle has a bunch of restaurants, but I suggest How to Cook a Wolf in Upper Queen Anne – adorable little restaurant with fantastic food. Queen Anne is my neighborhood – and it’s a really cute little spot. Other great restaurants in Queen Anne:
    Mezcaleria de Oaxaca – authentic Oaxacan Mexican food (get the ceviche & chicken mole -YUM) Their house-made tortillas are the best ever.
    Via Tribunali (Molly Moons ice cream is next door for dessert!)- authentic Italian pizza & good salads
    Betty – good for wine or cocktails and new american style food
    Queen Anne Farmer’s Market kicks off this Thursday from 3-7:30 – lots of food trucks – really great options and a lot of fun if the weather’s nice.

    If you go to Queen Anne, stop by Kerry Park (on Highland Dr) for the best view of the city.

    Enjoy your time here – hopefully it’s not too rainy! I saw you were seeing Lisa, who I went to college with, so I’m sure she’ll show you the highlights of the city πŸ™‚

  • Megan @ Megan's Miles
    June 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    My fiance would love this pasta! He’s obsessed with BBQ sauce and will pretty much put it on anything, including homemade lasagne – I was a little mad about that! I need to make this ASAP!

    I live in Seattle and there are lots of great places to try! Capital Hill has awesome restaurants, and I really like Plum Bistro (vegetarian place), La Spiga (awesome Italian food – the owner was on Iron Chef!), Barrio (modern Mexican food), and Via Tribunali (authentic thin crust Italian pizza – so delicious!).

    If you’re looking for something lighter, I really like Juicy Cafe in the Convention Center downtown. It has healthy rice bowls, salads, sandwiches and smoothies. I’m not a huge tofu fan, but I love its baked tofu! I also like Chaco Canyon in the UDistrict. It’s an organic cafe, and it has lots of vegan, raw, etc. options. Even my dad, who was really cranky about eating vegetarian food, loved it!

  • Kim @ The Family Practice
    June 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Lovely photo! Have fun in Seattle! That’s my hometown πŸ™‚
    Take lots of photos!!

  • wendy y
    June 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Paseo makes a great cuban sandwich and the troll is nearby ( Quinn’s in Cap Hill is good, Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard for Mexican food, and I’ve heard Hunger in Fremont is good but haven’t tried it yet.

    Happy visiting Seattle!!

  • Andrea
    June 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I did a little Seattle post for my Foodie Pen Pal in March:

    Pike Place Market is, of course, a top pick! I love Ballard (just north of downtown) for LOTS of yummy places to eat (Hi-Life is my favorite), drink (check out the Noble Fir), and shop (anything in the historic block). Queen Ann (super sweet little shops), Wallingford (Molly Moon Creamery or Trophy Cupcakes), and Fremont (super hippy crazy, but totally fun) are also great. If you like a good brew, Georgetown Brewing (south of the stadiums) is awesome as well as Elysian on Capitol Hill (the big hill to the east of downtown). If you make it to West Seattle, you HAVE to eat fish & chips at Sunfish Fish & Chips (don’t eat at Ivars although it’s good too). It’s a little greek fish and chips joint, cash only.

    ENJOY! It’s a great city! πŸ™‚

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    June 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I believe in BBQ sauce and flavoring all the time. Seriously. This looks so delicious!

  • Erin
    June 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Boo it looks like you’re going to have a pretty rainy trip in Seattle, which is such a shame because it is the most beautiful city when it is nice! But, I may be bias…. I live in Seattle. I second a lot of the suggestions above…I live in Queen Anne as well and if you make it up to our neighborhood definitely check out Kerry park if it isn’t too rainy. How to Cook a Wolf is great if you are on Q.A. But if you are in the mood for soul food, go to Kingfish on Capital Hill. It is a little bit hidden, but is one of the best meals I’ve had in Seattle and is not crazy expensive. The hushpuppies and fried green tomatoes are delish, but then again I’ve never been to the south so what do I know πŸ™‚ Local 360 in belltown has great brunch and is a few blocks from Pike Place (try some samples of Beechers cheese curds in the market!).

    Ballard is my favorite neighborhood though, and if you have a little bit of patience, you have to check out the Walrus and the Carpenter (there is always a wait and they don’t take reservations, but I think it would be right up your alley), They are known for their raw oysters, but have a bunch of small plates ranging from a few types of tartare to a yummy smoked trout to pork rillette (my favorite). Delicious desserts and drinks too. Such a great atmosphere, and is frequented by local fishermen.

    You probably wont have time for much outside of the conference, but I hope you enjoy our beautiful city! By the way, I went to Chicago a month ago, and our hotel happened to be right by The Purple Pig, which I remembered from your Chicago post. We loved it!

  • Mary
    June 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Pike’s Place Market…if you’ve never been you’ve got to go see the flying fish! Cafe Flora – great vegetarian…Molly Moon’s Ice Cream and the Ballard Farmer’s Market. Ballard – it’s a great neighborhood. Seattle is one of the best cities. I love it and miss it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for sunshine for you!

    • Sarah
      June 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

      You MUST go to the Maximus Mininus pulled pork food truck on the corner of 2nd and Pike!! Its my first stop WHENEVER I’m visiting home. One word: amazeballs.

  • Daisy
    June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Mad Men is so dark and crazy! Sundays episode had a serious serious shock factor involved but nothing that would tear me away.

  • Lora
    June 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    You need to have a fresh crumpet at The Crumpet Shop – it’s on 1st right outside the market.

    • Kerry
      June 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Yes! You have to go to the crumpet shop! I live in the Seattle area, and it’s my favorite place to go whenever I’m downtown!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    June 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Have fun on your Seattle trip! I would recommend having dinner at Elliot’s Oyster House ( while you’re there since seafood is a practically a requirement of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a little pricey, but super convienent to visit since it’s right downtown along the water near Pike’s Market (i.e. you can walk there and not have to worry about high taxi fare). Their menu changes daily and you are guaranteed the freshest seafood ever! Can’t wait to read your recaps!

  • Kelly
    June 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Oh man! So many people have made good suggestions for Seattle! Portage Bay is by far my favorite place for brunch. They have a toppings bar for pancakes/waffles/french toast! It’s always delicious! Also, Toulouse Petit on lower Queen Anne is delicious. There’s a new glass garden and museum near the Space Needle that’s supposed to be beautiful. And yes, bring a sweater. Today’s high is only meant to be 58 degrees.

  • Cassi Rose
    June 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    PORTAGE BAY CAFE. It’s a must! Trust me… you won’t regret it. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and go there around breakfast/brunchish time…

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    June 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I have loved the second half of Mad Men this season! I thought the season started off slow but has been building so well. Roger has hilarious one-liners, Pete is as scummy and unlikeable as ever, Peggy is totally coming into her own, and Joan has had some AMAZING scenes. And the episode before this one (with the big Jaguar pitch) was amazing — one of my favorites of the entire series.

    That said, after Sunday night’s episode, I literally had nightmares. I’m really curious what is coming in the finale because it left me feeling like the show took a hugely dark turn and I don’t know where you go from there.

  • Shannon D'J
    June 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Omg, I love Mad Men! I couldn’t read through all the comments though b/c I was afraid of spoilers! Sadly, my husband and I have been working a lot (especially Sunday nights), so we’re like 2 or 3 episodes behind! After reading your post though, I must catch up! Maybe we can take a break from working, make some pasta, and have a Mad Men marathon. That might be a perfect weekend : )

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}
    June 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Let’s throw delicious bbq chicken together with delicious pasta and bell pepper! Why not? Gosh, this sounds (and looks) reaaaaally good, lady!

  • Jessica
    June 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, the last two seasons have been terrible.

    I love the combination of peppers, chicken, and pasta.. I usually uses these ingredients with a light oil and garlic sauce, but this looks fantastic. I will make sure to try!

  • jenna
    June 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    i need to get on the mad men bandwagon. everyone seems to love it.

    this pasta is perfect for summer dinners! can’t wait to make it.

  • Michelle P.
    June 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    You’re so right about Mad Men. I can’t handle it anymore either. I feel like Sunday’s episode is going to stay with me for awhile and not in a good way.

    This recipe looks fabulous, as always! I can’t wait to try it.

  • Joanna
    June 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I don’t watch Mad Men but I have heard its good. Maybe things will get better soon. The BBQ chicken pasta looks so good. I look forward to making it soon. Have fun in Seattle!

  • lani
    June 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I totally agree re: Mad Men! No thanks!

    Seattle: Go to Delancey for pizza and the like!
    Amusez-vous bien!

  • Margarita
    June 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Check out the Queen Anne area… If I ever move to Seattle, that’s where I’m going to live! It is beautiful, cute shops, awesome cafes and restaurants. Also check out Alibi Room, it’s a very unassuming resto/bar with great pizza and beer across the gum wall at Pike’s Place Market.

  • Ella
    June 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Obvi Pike Place Market. Hint: if you want to sound like a local, call it “Pike Place” NOT “Pike’s”!!

  • TastefullyJulie
    June 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    This looks so healthy and delicious. Plus, I love anything with cilantro!

  • Sarah | the Cyclist's Wife
    June 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I agree, this Mad Men season is weird. You should try Molly Moon’s ice cream in Seattle. It will make you feel better.

  • The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 7, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Holy yum!

  • Chris
    June 7, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I’m not from Seattle but my foodie friend is. Last year, she toured me around to her favourites and I left Seattle fat and happy. I loved: Matt’s in the Market, Staple and Fancy, Walrus and Carpenter and Homegrown.

  • Denise
    June 7, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I love Mad men and I LOVE this season. The 60s were a tough time for working women and I love how this season illustrates that. The 60s wasn’t all tra la la la la cool clothes and fun hair.

  • Sonal
    June 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I love Seattle so much! I’ve only been a couple of times, but there is something about it that makes me want to go back πŸ™‚ Have a great time! And i thought Mad Men went dark and weird quite a while ago, but somehow i still end up watching to see what happens πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay
    June 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Welcome to Seattle!

    So sorry it will be rainy while you are here, but I’ll cross my fingers you’ll see some sun- then Seattle will forever have your heart! A lot of the “trendy” restaurants have been mentioned above and I highly recommend all of them. One lesser known place is called “Tat’s” and is located in Pioneer Square just a few blocks south of the heart of downtown. Get the “Tatstrami” if you want to taste heaven in your mouth. Plan on splitting, but it will literally be the best sandwich you’ve ever had in your life. It’s always packed with Seattle locals πŸ™‚ Even East Coast visitors swear the sandwich is THAT GOOD.

  • Tara@Sugar Spice and Bacon
    June 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I love the extra cilantro! People say you either love it or hate it and I LOVE it! Have fun in my home state of washington! Wish I were going!:)

  • Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running
    June 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Sounds amazing! And what I love the most about it… it is quick and I already have all the ingredients πŸ™‚

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    June 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    heading to austin in 3 weeks…cant wait to have some stubbs real time! YUM

    XOXO from Trinidad

  • Hannah R
    June 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    So I’m not a Seattle native but I just love that city!! My husband and I went there a few weeks ago and were told by a local to try out the PLUM BISTRO. It was awesome!! My husband and I both loved it:) Also Chaco Canyon organic cafe is great and of course Ivars clam chowder. I hope you have a great time!

  • Krissy's Creations
    June 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Barbecue Chicken is one of my favorites. And pasta is one of favorites. So this is definitely something I would love!

  • helen
    June 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    can’t wait to hear about your time in seattle. i love living up here but being from socal originally i must say do not bother eating mexican food while you’re here! eat fish! etta’s at pike place market…with coconut cream pie for dessert πŸ˜‰

  • Katherine Nelson
    June 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Try for exceptional food and wine. I love stopping there anytime I am in Seattle, and I always stay at the Hotel Vintage Plaza Downtown.

  • sherri
    June 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

    after a tour of the pike place market, walk on a ferry to bainbridge island. it takes just 35 minutes to cross the puget sound. once you get to the other side you follow the walkabout signs into the cute little downtown area of the island. cool places to eat, a fabulous bookstore, art studios and funky shops on both sides of the main street.

  • Lori Gant
    June 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I recommend Pam’s Kitchen (Trinidadian food). It’s a little out of the way, but worth it! The Curried Chicken Roti with Paratha bread is delicious. Be sure and try the Peanut Punch; It tastes like a Peanut Butter Milkshake. πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    June 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Is it just me or does this look way better than any Buffalo chicken pasta dish I have seen? Bring on the BBQ!

  • amanda
    June 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Made this last night. Awesome. My 10 month old ate it up and my husband and I both agree it is going in the rotation. I may have been a bit heavy handed with the cream though. I mean, who doesn’t like more cream???

  • Erika
    June 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I hope I’m not the first person to say this, but you


    to go to Paseo. The best Cuban sandwiches in the country (according to Esquire magazine), all the way over here in the PNW. Seriously, get the Cuban Roast sandwich, or the Midnight Press. Check them out on Yelp, they have something like 2000 reviews and like 4.5 stars.

    Also, don’t expect a Cuban sandwich with pickles and mustard. These are a little different, but INCREDIBLE. Please go there.

  • Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook
    June 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    We made this recipe this weekend, and it was really delicious! I decided to marinate the chicken in hot sauce and a little olive oil instead of using the dry rub. It added a lot of spice and made the chicken very tender.

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  • Emily
    June 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I just made this tonight and it was AWESOME. I’ve never seen my boyfriend clean his plate so quickly before! Great recipe.

  • danielle
    July 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    i can’t find the stubbs bbq rub! i wish i could find a substitute while i order the spices…

  • best bbq chicken recipe
    September 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I have never tired to make my own bbq chicken Pasta. I will have to try this some time looks really good. thank you for the Great post.

  • April Knight
    January 9, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Looks delicious!!)
    I like this vegan pasta recipe – Pasta sauce
    Really tasty and healthy!))
    1 medium brown onion
    1 – 2 cloves of garlic
    2 – 3 sticks celery
    1 large carrot
    1 large or 2 small zucchini
    half a small capsicum. Green or red is fine.
    1 bottle store-bought passata sauce
    olive oil for cooking