Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta (Copycat)

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory with asparagus, bell peppers and peas with honey glazed chicken in a spicy chipotle parmesan cream sauce.

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory with asparagus, bell peppers and peas with honey glazed chicken in a spicy chipotle parmesan cream sauce.

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta is sort of a sleeper hit at The Cheesecake Factory. A few months ago we went for dinner and I said to the waitress, “Okay so I’m going to ditch my totally tried and true Cheesecake Factory Corn Cakes and Cheesecake Factory’s Spicy Cashew Chicken for any dish that you think is totally amazing.”

She described this dish to me and I was totally confused. What do asparagus and peas have to do with spicy honey glazed chicken and chipotle parmesan cream sauce?

Leap of faith totally paid off. I can’t explain the combination but I can tell you it is totally delicious.

Chipotle Chicken Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory

The sauce is a creamy mix of Parmesan and spicy adobo which is tempered by a pretty hearty serving of heavy cream. The just barely cooked asparagus and green peas make the dish still feel fresh and the just barely noticeable honey component takes the edge off those chili peppers. It works well people, really really well.

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Tools used in the making of this Cheesecake Factory Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Adobo Peppers in Sauce: I use just the sauce, if you want to kick up the heat even more use just one pepper instead and mash it into a paste before adding it to the sauce.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.

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Cheesecake Factory Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

Cheesecake Factory Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta with asparagus, bell peppers and peas with honey glazed chicken in a spicy chipotle parmesan cream sauce.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American Fusion
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle pepper sauce from canned adobo peppers
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus the thinner the better
  • 6 ounces shredded parmesan cheese
  • cilantro and tortilla chip strips for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Set your water to boil for your pasta.
  • Add the asparagus to the pasta water and boil for 2-3 minutes or until tender crisp.
  • Shock it with cold water through a colander.
  • Add the pasta to a minute shy of the directions and drain into the same bowl as the asparagus but don’t rinse.
  • In a bowl with your chicken add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and let sit as you cook the rest of the dish.
  • In a large skillet add the butter and melt over medium heat.
  • Add the bell peppers and onions and cook until just translucent.
  • Add in the garlic and cook an extra minute.
  • Remove the vegetables and add in the olive oil.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and turn the heat up to medum-high.
  • Brown the chicken on both sides.
  • Add in the honey and stir, cooking an additional 5 seconds.
  • Add the bell pepper mixture back to the pan
  • Stir well, then add in the adobo sauce, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes then add in the pasta, asparagus and frozen green peas.
  • Stir to coat everything and serve with any garnishes you’d like (Cheesecake Factory uses tortilla strip chips and cilantro).

Nutrition

Calories: 906kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1773mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2970IU | Vitamin C: 79.9mg | Calcium: 422mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory with asparagus, bell peppers and peas with honey glazed chicken in a spicy chipotle parmesan cream sauce.
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I tried the recipe this week, and my boyfriend said, “I think this is the best thing you’ve ever made.” It was delicious – definitely adding to the rotation.

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