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It used to actually irk me when recipes referred to as for “pre-cooked rooster.” I used to be like, “What the huh, who has pre-cooked rooster laying round?” However then I form of warmed as much as the thought of grocery retailer rotisserie chickens, okay perhaps “grew to become addicted” could be extra correct than “warmed as much as.” So, in the event you’re a rotisserie rooster fan or in any other case have some pre-cooked rooster round, you positively have to do that Monterey Rooster Skillet.
Initially posted 11/three/14, up to date 7/10/18
Monterey Rooster Skillet
This fast skillet pasta is a tackle a recipe that I’ve seen floating across the internet for years, Monterey Rooster. It’s a novel combo of tomatoes, inexperienced chiles, BBQ sauce, cheese, and bacon. Sounds unusual, however there are such a lot of good issues happening on this dish that you simply actually by no means get a uninteresting chew. There’s only a LOT of taste. As standard, I turned it right into a pasta dish to assist stretch out the associated fee… As a result of rooster, bacon, and cheese aren’t precisely low cost.
I used just a little rotisserie rooster, went gentle on the cheese, and solely included the bacon as a result of I occurred to have some left over in my freezer. Actually, I feel the BBQ sauce and cheese carry the flavour right here, so in the event you don’t need to spend on the bacon you might skip it and nonetheless get an amazing meal. The Rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes with inexperienced chiles) will be form of spicy, so if that’s not your ticket, you need to use plain diced tomatoes as an alternative (a 15 oz. can is okay).
So, able to see how simple that is? Let’s go…
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Monterey Rooster Skillet
Smoky BBQ sauce, salty bacon, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese come collectively on this fast, one-dish Monterey Rooster Skillet.
shredded pre-cooked rooster (half rotisserie rooster)
1 10 oz.
Rotel (diced tomatoes with inexperienced chiles)
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
inexperienced onions, sliced
Place the rooster, pasta, and Rotel tomatoes (undrained) in a big skillet. Add two cups of rooster broth and stir to mix. Cowl the skillet with a good becoming lid, flip the warmth on to excessive, and let it come to a boil. As soon as it reaches a boil, cut back the warmth to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes, giving it a fast stir each 5 minutes or so.
In the meantime, prepare dinner the bacon in a skillet till brown and crispy. Drain the cooked bacon on a paper towel, then crumble into items.
After simmering for 15 minutes, the pasta ought to be tender and many of the liquid absorbed. If the pasta continues to be agency, let the skillet simmer for five extra minutes. If the pasta is tender, however there’s nonetheless lots of liquid within the skillet, let it simmer with no lid for five extra minutes.
As soon as the pasta is cooked and many of the liquid is absorbed, drizzle the BBQ sauce over high. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the BBQ sauce and canopy the skillet with the lid. Go away the warmth set on low and let the skillet sit for 5 minutes to soften the cheese. As soon as the cheese is melted, high with the crumbled bacon and sliced inexperienced onions, then serve.
If you cannot discover Rotel tomatoes, you need to use one 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes as an alternative. If canned diced inexperienced chiles can be found on their very own, they are often added as properly.
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Earlier than we start, let’s take a second to speak about Rotel. Rotel is a model of canned diced tomatoes with inexperienced chiles that’s out there in most U.S. supermarkets (normally 10-oz. cans). In the event you can’t discover Rotel, you need to use a can of plain diced tomatoes, or a can of diced tomatoes plus a can of diced inexperienced chiles. Unique Rotel is spicy, so think about that, though I’ve seen different manufacturers that use delicate inexperienced chiles so that you get the flavour of the chile with out the warmth.
Anywho, put that may of Rotel in a skillet (undrained) together with two loosely packed cups of pre-cooked rooster and half lb. of pasta.
Add two cups of rooster broth then stir the whole lot collectively properly. Place a good becoming lid on the skillet, flip the warmth on to excessive, and let it come to a boil. As quickly because it reaches a boil, flip the warmth right down to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Ensure that it’s nonetheless simmering in your lowest setting and if it isn’t flip the warmth up only a smidge. Additionally, be sure to stir it as soon as each 5 minutes or so simply to maintain the pasta from sticking to the underside.
Whereas the skillet is simmering, prepare dinner the bacon. I occurred to have a half package deal of bacon left over in my freezer, so I minimize that in half and froze the remaining 1/four. So, the portion I used is roughly equal to three slices. If I hadn’t had the bacon, I most likely would have skipped it and nonetheless been pleased with the dish.
Brown the bacon within the skillet, then drain it on some paper towels. As soon as it’s cooled, crumble it into items.
After the skillet has simmered for 15 minutes, the pasta ought to be tender and many of the liquid absorbed off the underside. If the pasta shouldn’t be but tender, let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes (with the lid). If it’s tender however there’s nonetheless fairly a little bit of liquid, simply let it simmer for a couple of minutes extra WITHOUT the lid, to assist the moisture evaporate. As soon as the pasta is tender, drizzle about 1/three cup of BBQ sauce over high. It’s simple to go overboard right here, so hold it form of gentle (I went just a little too far I feel).
Then sprinkle one cup of shredded Monterey jack over the BBQ sauce. Exchange the lid and let it sit for a couple of minutes, or till the cheese is melted (I nonetheless have the warmth on low).
As soon as the cheese is melted, you’ll be able to flip off the warmth and high the skillet with sliced inexperienced onion and the crumbled bacon. Hellloooooooo!
Yeah, I used to be within the temper for indulgent right now. 😛
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