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Chicken Penne Casserole Recipe
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Chicken Penne Casserole Recipe

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This is my family’s favorite casserole recipe. I make it every week or two and we never tire of it. I like that I can clean my kitchen and then relax while it bakes. It won’t disappoint! —Carmen Vanosch, Vernon, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup each chopped onion, green pepper and sweet red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute the chicken, onion, peppers and seasonings in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, process tomatoes and tomato paste in a blender; add to chicken mixture. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Spoon half of the mixture into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheeses. Repeat layers.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Penne Casserole in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p35

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"Yum! Added some Italian seasoning. Liked the heat from the red pepper flakes!"

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"I made this for the first time last week. As someone else mentioned, it was quite time consuming but some of the ingredients could be prepped in advance. It was okay in the end (had more flavor the next day eaten as leftovers after it sat in the fridge overnight). I found that the chunks of chicken became overcooked a bit when following the cooking instructions."

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Loved the flavor!! Will definitely make again and again."

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"EXCELLENT! I have made so many different versions of this it is hard to know where to start. I have increased the spices 2 teaspoons, added fresh spinach, added fresh basil and/or basil paste, doubled the onion, green pepper and red bell pepper, and I have added green onion."

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Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Really enjoyed this recipe!!!! Loved the little bit of heat the crushed red pepper flakes gave it! This is Definitely a keeper!"

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