Tuesday, September 15, 2015

[ad] 10 Minute Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta {Pizza Inspired}

This 10 Minute Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EverydayEffortless #CollectiveBias

If I could live in any season year-round it would most certainly be fall. The cooler weather, the colors outside changing, fall harvest, comfy clothes, Halloween and pumpkin pie - I was seriously made for this season. In addition to our regular fall-time activities we've added Little League Fall Ball to the calendar this year. Let me tell you, there are few things more precious than watching a team of 6-8 year olds geared up to give it all they got on the baseball field. They are by far my favorite sports team, including professional, out there! One thing I've learned about having a kiddo play Little League - it's a game-changer for dinner. With practices and games smack dab in the middle of our normally scheduled dinnertime I've been having to adjust {and readjust} for a new dinnertime routine. My new favorites are quick-to-make meals, allowing me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my family. This 10 Minute Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta {Pizza Inspired} recipe fits the bill perfectly!

This dish was inspired by one of my favorite pizzas; BBQ Chicken Pizza. The smokey tang of bbq sauce smothered in creamy melted mozzarella and topped with chopped chicken, sweet red onions and citrusy cilantro - it's a fabulous pizza creation! Since we can't eat pizza every night {my kids would disagree...} I opted for pasta instead of crust and the result was exquisite - especially considering it took a mere 10 minutes to cook. 10 minutes, 6 ingredients and 1 skillet to get this dinner ready and the clean-up is a breeze - this is what busy weeknight dinners are supposed to be about!

Ok, so you may be wondering how I am cooking a pasta dish in only 10 minutes. Don't the noodles need time for boiling? Ah, I've got a new secret up my sleeve that I must share with you - Barilla Pronto. It's a new pasta that is prepared in one pan {or pot} with no need to wait for water to boil and no draining required! I used    but Barilla Pronto is also available in Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows, Linguine and Rotini. For some 10-minute dinner ideas and inspiration using Barilla Pronto stop by the Everyday Effortless Living pinterest board. I am totally excited about this pasta and anticipate enjoying it a lot during this Little League season! You just add the pasta to a skillet, add water, turn on heat and let the noodles cook. Once the water is evaporated just add your favorite pasta mix-ins, so easy and convienent!

And I know that you know that I did not cook and slice chicken breasts in 10 minutes for this recipe - I had a little help with that too. Ever since making Weeknight California Nachos I have fallen for
Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken when preparing a quick meal. The chicken is fully-cooked, 98% fat free with no added preservatives, plus it comes in array of options for different mealtime needs. I opted for the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips for this recipe, with a required heat time of only 3-5 minutes it was the perfect option!

10 Minute Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta {Pizza Inspired}
8oz Barilla Pronto Pasta
2½ cups water
½ cup BBQ sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
10oz Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips
¼ cups chopped red onions
leaves from 4 stems of cilantro
1. Add Barilla Pronto Pasta to 10” skillet. Pour water over pasta and turn heat on high. Bring to boil and let cook until water is evaporated, stirring occasionally.
2. While pasta is cooking, heat chicken strips in microwave for 3 minutes.
3. After water is evaporated from noodles, remove from heat and stir in BBQ sauce then top with cheese, chicken, red onions and cilantro. Top with lid and let cheese melt before serving.

Since my cooking time for dinner was reduced from about 30-45 to 10 minutes with this 10 Minute Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta I decided to have a little bit of artsy fun with the kids after dinner and before baseball practice. You know those fun little date nights where everyone meets up and paints a picture? We had our own little version at home - but with kids and no adult beverages. Everyone did the same project {with a touch of assistance} and the different results turned out so much fun!

For this easy-peezy art project you just need black tempura paint, a plastic round object {a plastic cup worked great for us}, art paper and watercolors. First, dip the rim of the cup {or said plastic round object} and print circles all over paper. Be crazy or liberal with it, ours varied greatly.

Then let dry, which doesn't take long, and fill in all open spaces with watercolor. No two end up alike, it's so much fun to see what everyone's look likes in the end! These already made it up on our Art Wall of Fame. :)

If you are wondering where to find Barilla Pronto Pasta and Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips, head on over to your local Walmart. I found the pasta by the other dried pastas and the chicken in the frozen section. Happy shopping!!

Check out more inspiration for #EverydayEffortless here http://cbi.as/smz6!


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