Flavorful pan roasted squash, zucchini, and red bell peppers come together on a bed of linguine, with a simple ricotta and parm cream sauce makes this a winner winner chicken dinner.
This is the perfect dish to use your leftover rotisserie chicken, we happened to have some leftover smoked chicken for this. One thing we do at our house is to get 10 lbs of chicken when it’s on sale, and smoke it all at once. When it’s done, we remove the meat from the bones, and then separate it for freezing this equals lots of easy dinners.
The last time we did this, we managed to get a few bags of chicken leg quarters for 28 cents a pound. That was NOT a typo. It was a whole 28 cents a pound. There was no way we were not going to stop and get 20 pounds to make up all at once!
We smoke meat at our house so much that we are now on our second smoker. The first one had to be fed wood chips and charcoal about every 30 minutes. It was almost a full-time job on it’s own. The newer one we bought over a year ago. It’s electric and takes way less babysitting. The thing with both of them though is that the flavors are just amazing, even after freezing.
You see how popular applewood smoked bacon is. Well with your own smoker you can make it at home, as much as you want. Freeze it, and enjoy it whenever you want! Let’s not even get me going on the pastrami, ribs, brisket, and everything else that we have made in it. And before you can ask… no, I’m not getting paid to say how much I love our smoker, it’s just really that good. I’ve got some recipes coming up with a pork roast we found on sale to share soon too.
If you still need proof that a smoker is really all that, here is even more proof. One of the most popular new restaurants in town has a lot of smoked meats on the menu and their parking lot is packed all the time. Then you have the rise of all the BBQ joints everywhere you look. I have a funny feeling smoking is going to be a pretty big deal pretty soon.
Now back to our regularly scheduled recipe.
If you do not have a smoker or any leftover rotisserie chicken, that’s OK. You can prepare some chicken your favorite way, use fish, shrimp, or pull a Meatless Monday and skip the meat. It would still come out more than delicious. And the icing on the cake… all you need is one pot, one skillet, one cutting board, your plates, and utensils. Now THAT is an easy clean up perfectly matched to a quick dinner!
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