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white plate piled high with chicken, bacon, sweet corn pasta

Chicken Bacon and Sweetcorn Pasta

Seasoned chicken, smoky bacon, and sweetcorn get tossed in a creamy sauce and paired with pasta for an easy, 30-minute weeknight meal. Impressive enough to serve to guests! 
4.60 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, acorn squash, bacon, baked chicken, pasta
Prep Time: 5 mins
25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Sara Ayesh

Ingredients

  • 16 oz penne pasta or pasta of your choice I used a fun curly pasta for this one!
  • 2 cans of corn or about 3 cups of corn
  • 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken feel free to use leftover chicken!
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups of reserved pasta water
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • ½ an onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 6-8 slices of bacon cooked until crispy and chopped up
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon pepper
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  • Begin boiling a pot of water seasoned with salt & cook the pasta for 8 minutes.
  • While the pasta boils, in a large skillet, cook the bacon until it is crispy. A few minutes on each side.
  • Remove the bacon and set aside on a plate to cool.
  • In the same skillet you cooked the bacon turn the heat to medium and add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in ½ of the corn and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until everything is warmed through.
  • In a high speed blender or food processor add the corn mixture, heavy cream, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend well until nice and smooth.
  • At this point the pasta should be slightly under done, reserve about 2 cups of the pasta water and strain the rest.
  • Add the pasta to the skillet you cooked the bacon and corn in.
  • Pour the corn sauce over the pasta and toss together. Slowly add in the reserved pasta water until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  • Add in the chopped bacon, shredded chicken, the rest of the corn, and parmesan cheese. Stir well!
  • Top with fresh basil and enjoy.