Valley Green's Rattlesnake Pasta

Cindy DeVore


I first got the idea to make my own Rattlesnake Pasta after eating the popular dish at Uno's Restaurant. It's a simple dish -- and I like simple recipes!

My family sometimes asks that I make this with habanero cheese instead of pepperjack. When I've used habanero, I have found that it's way too hot for my own taste. But if you like your rattlesnake "bite" super hot, habanero cheese is definitely an option you can employ in this recipe. (And when your mouth is on fire, don't say I didn't warn you!)

★★★★★ 3 votes
20 Min
35 Min


boneless, skinless chicken breasts (buy organic or all-natural)
1 pkg
organic penne pasta
1 Tbsp
olive oil
4 Tbsp
organic butter
4 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 c
organic milk
1 c
organic half & half
2 1/2 c
pepperjack cheese, shredded
2 c
organic broccoli florets, steamed until tender
jalapeno, sliced for garnish


1Place chicken in pot of water and boil approximately 25 minutes to cook through. Chicken is done when no longer pink inside, and juices run clear. When done, remove from water and place chicken breasts on a cutting board to cool slightly.
2Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and add olive oil to water. Add pasta and cook per package directions. While pasta is cooking, cut chicken breasts into 1 to 1 1/2 inch slices. Set cut chicken aside.
3In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Using a whisk, stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is bubbly and smooth. Remove from heat.
4Gradually whisk in milk and half & half (slowly). Heat mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil and stir for 1 minute.
5Remove sauce from heat and immediately stir in 1 cup of the shredded pepperjack cheese until melted (do not use whisk). Cover to keep sauce warm.
6Drain water from cooked pasta and return the pasta to its pot. Add the sliced chicken and steamed broccoli to the pasta. Pour the sauce over pasta, chicken and broccoli in the pot, and use two wooden spoons to toss the mixture gently, coating the ingredients with the sauce.
7Use a large ladle to serve the Rattlesnake Pasta on plates. Sprinkle the remaining shredded pepperjack cheese and toss a few slices of jalapeno pepper over each serving. Serve with a wedge of buttered sourdough or garlic bread.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta