A creamy, spicy chipotle in adobo sauce accompanies pasta, chicken and hot sausage for delicious meal. Paired with a crisp cool salad, it makes a wonderfully simple meal.

Note that using buttermilk makes for a very creamy and rich pasta sauce, but adds very little fat or calories. It’s an exceptionally good cream/milk/half-and-half substitute. Sour cream is also a good substitute.

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4



  • 1 de-boned, de-skinned chicken thigh
  • 1 de-boned, de-skinned chicken breast
  • 3 hot sausages of your choice (Italian is a great choice)
  • A few handfulls of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Rotini or Fusilli corkscrew pasta
  • 1 cup (1 pint) buttermilk
  • 1 cup Adobo Sauce (recipe follows)

Adobo Sauce:


  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo (2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper

BBQ Sauce:


  • 3/4 cup ketchup (remember, no high fructose corn syrup!)
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp habanero hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup IPA or Pale Ale or Brown Ale


BBQ Sauce:

  • Combine ingredients in a medium sauce pot, heat just below a simmer, stirring to combine ingredients.

Adobo Sauce:

  • Combine ingredients in a blender, mix thoroughly.

Chicken and Pasta:

  • Fill a large pot with water, bring to a boil over high heat
  • Add pasta to boiling water, cook 7-8 minutes

If Sausage is uncooked…

  • Fill a pan 1/4 of the way with water
  • Add sausage, bring to a boil
  • Turn sausages after a few minutes
  • When cooked (about 4-5 minutes total), drain water

Using cooked sausages

  • Add olive oil to pan, brown sausages on both sides, remove and set aside
  • Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces
  • Add a little more olive oil to the pan
  • Brown chicken on both sides
  • Cut sausages into bite-sized pieces on the bias (at an angle)
  • Add sausages to chicken
  • Stir in Adobo sauce
  • Stir in cooked pasta
  • Stir in most of Parmesan cheese, reserving a few tablespoons to garnish with
  • Serve in bowls, or on a plate, topped with several cherry tomatoes, and a little Parmesan cheese
  • Enjoy!