Chicken Caruso {Gluten Free Monday}

Welcome to another edition of Gluten Free Monday!  Today I’m sharing a quick and easy, kid-friendly family favorite:  Chicken Caruso.  I’ve been eating this meal since I was a kid, and now my kids love it, too.  My favorite thing about this recipe?  When the kids hear what’s for dinner, they say, “Yea!” instead of, “But I don’t like that!”

Busy Day Chicken Caruso {Your family will love this quick and easy meal made with leftover chicken.  Even my picky eaters love it!}  #glutenfree

Hopefully the recipe will make mealtime more pleasant at your house too!  It’s quick, easy, and can be made with leftovers.  (The best part for a mom with a celiac kiddo?  The only ingredient needed to make it gluten free is gluten-free pasta.)

Chicken Caruso--Your family will love this quick and easy recipe created with leftover chicken

Chicken Caruso

  • 1-1 1/2 c macaroni (I used Heartland Gluten Free Fusili Pasta, but any pasta will work)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 slices of bacon–regular or turkey (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1-2 c cooked cubed chicken (leftover rotisserie chicken works great)
  • 1 c (or more) cooked peas
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, cook peas and fry bacon and onion together.  (Turkey bacon cooks much more slowly than onions.  If you use turkey bacon, cook the bacon partially before adding the onions.)  Drain grease and return to pan.  Add cooked macaroni and remaining ingredients.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well, and reheat if necessary.


Chicken Caruso--Your family will love this quick and easy recipe created with leftover chicken

Chicken Caruso--Your family will love this quick and easy recipe created with leftover chicken

Before we get on with the party, have you seen some of my other yummy gluten free recipes?  The images below are linked:

No-Fail Millet Oatmeal Gluten Free Bread {Perfect Recipe for beginning GF Cooks}

Prize-winning Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Sugared Almonds {}

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar from {Sweet and Tangy--Yum!}

Now it’s time for Gluten Free Monday!  But, before we start this week’s party, here are a few of my favorites from last week:

Paleo Chicken Marbella (Healthified) from Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Grind Your Own Flours from A Life Unprocessed

Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Natural and Free

Bangers and Mash with Spicy Peppers by Mai Treat!  (Bangers are turkey sausages.)

Now it’s your turn.

While you’re here, be sure to check out One Creative Weekend, your one stop spot for family-friendly crafts, decorating, DIY and recipes.

I link my gluten-free posts to these awesome parties:  Simply Sugar & Gluten Free (Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays), Gluten Free Homemaker (Gluten-Free Wednesday), The Tasty Alternative (Allergy-Free Wednesday), Vegetarian Momma (Gluten-Free Friday), Gluten Free R.D. (Gluten-Free Fridays)
Click here to see the other fantastic sites I like to link up with each week.

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  1. Thanks for hosting! Its great to have so many wonderful gluten free recipes in one spot!
    This week I’m sharing my Basic Bread recipe that is not only gluten free, but yeast, dairy and sugar free as well! Hope you enjoy it!
    Have a great week!

  2. Thank you for featuring my Garlic Mashed Potatoes! :) I grabbed a feature button.

    This week, I linked up 2 recipes:

    1. Pumpkin Smoothies (Soy, Fish, Nut, Egg and Wheat-Free, Can Be Milk-Free and Diabetic Friendly). This is a delicious and super easy alternative to Pumpkin Pie!

    2. Orange Cranberry Muffins (Soy, Fish and Nut-Free, Can Be Egg, Wheat and Milk-Free). These are my ultimate favorite muffin.

    Thanks for hosting, as always, Heidi! :)

  3. Jennifer @ 20 something allergies and counting...down says

    Thanks for hosting Heidi!

    This week, I’m sharing another real food recipe, and you don’t have to be a hardcore real foodie to enjoy it. ;) Mustard braised rabbit is a perfect cold weather dish. It’s grain-free and safe for those with almost all food allergies (except mustard of course). I also share how I make my absolute favorite condiment, kombucha brown mustard, for the first time.

    Mustard Braised Rabbit

  4. Thanks for hosting, Heidi :) This week I’ve shared a recipe for baked, coconut breaded Swiss chard stems. It’s just one of the ways I use up all those pretty stems left over from making green juice and steamed veggies :)

  5. Hi! Thank you for hosting! I shared my almond milk recipe today. Have a lovely week!

  6. Thanks for hosting! I am posting from the first time from my new site “Cultured Palate” and am sharing two items. First, I shared a Video on How to Make Yogurt which is so easy without a yogurt maker. Second, I shared Pumpkin Preparation.
    Have a great week!

  7. Thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing my recipe for a low-carb mock sweet potato casserole made with cauliflower and roasted butternut squash. It’s also grain-free and sugar-free! :)


  8. Hi Heidi! Thank for featuring my Chicken Marbella! I shared three more goodies this week: A great basic gluten free stuffing, a quick and fun cookie pop, and a Paleo pepperoni pizza casserole!

  9. Thank you for dropping by my place and for inviting me to your lovely link party. Looking forward to visiting others. Have a great week!

  10. What a great event! I’m so glad that I can finally participate. My computer died on Sunday! So a little late, but I’ve linked up my Raw Soaked Granola.

    Great chicken recipe! I’d just have to make it without the peas. There are exactly 3 foods in the world that I dislike, and peas are one of them. Isn’t that terrible? A foodie who doesn’t like peas?

    Have a great week!


  11. Ooh yum, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  12. I love pasta, this sounds really good. Thanks so much for sharing on “I GottaTry That”

    Have a great Thanksgiving.


  13. This looks delicious and simple! Thanks for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it on my WNWN board, too :)

  14. Featuring YOU today! Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Ginger @

  15. Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays, its always great to see what you share! :) I have this recipe pinned to our pinterest board!

  16. Wow, love this. Pinned to my SD board. Thanks for joining Saturday Dishes. ~ Paula

  17. Made this tonight when I googled “leftover chicken.” YUM! Thanks!

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