BBQ chicken is combined with a creamy, blue cheese sauce and served with penne pasta for a quick and easy pasta dish.
A few weeks ago, I got an email with a request that I just couldn’t turn down. It was from someone that had created a fundraising cookbook for the military. Since he said it so much better than I can, I quote from his email:
It is called Dinner With Warriors; each page features a serviceman or woman who either died or was severely injured during the recent war. They or their family had sent in a few pictures of them, their bio or story, and of course their favorite recipe. The idea behind this cookbook was to find a way to introduce America to a few of her heroes. I was frustrated with hearing the news just mention that soldiers have died often not even mentioning their names. One of my close friends was severely injured and the lack of coverage was sad to me. Of course I also wanted to raise some money for some of the great charities out there that help these men and women and their families. I donate all of the net proceeds to a few different charities, so far we have donated to The Wounded Warrior Project, Children of Fallen Patriots, TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors), Homes for our Troops, and Soldiers Angels.
I feel like all of us today are touched by the men and women serving in the miliary in one way or another. I don’t have anyone close that is serving, but I have many friends who have husbands, brothers, or family members who are risking their lives to serve our country. And I am grateful every day for these people, and especially for the people who have been injured or lost their lives while protecting our freedoms.
I will admit that I got a little bit teary-eyed as I read through some of these stories in this cookbook. And although it did make me a bit sad, I was also very touched, and it really made these recipes mean even more – knowing that they came from these war heroes.
The recipe that I made from this book came from a soldier, Brian, who is one of the worst wounded soldiers in this war on terror. He lost both of his legs and one arm in an attack. The reason I was most drawn to this recipe and this story is because even though no one with so much amputation has ever walked again before, Brian was determined to not let his injury stop him. He learned to walk on prosthetic legs. What an inspiration!
If you would like to help out and have a way to give to charities that help the men and women who have been killed or wounded while serving and their families, and to get a cookbook full of great recipes out of the deal, please visit the Dinner with Warriors website. You can also follow on Facebook to read about others who have recieved the book and what they think about it. It’s a small way that we can help to make a difference!
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 1 cup prepared bbq sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- 1 cup sliced celery
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup blue cheese dressing
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and put back in the pan.
- While the pasta is cooking, combine the paprika, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked all the way through.
- Add the BBQ sauce and hot sauce to the chicken and cook for 1 minute. Remove the chicken and any sauce and add to the pasta, stirring to coat.
- In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add in the onion and celery and cook until soft.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, blue cheese dressing and milk. Add to the skillet with the vegetables. Heat until warmed thorough, then add to the pasta pan. Stir to coat. Sprinkle with blue cheese and serve.