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Penne Chicken Recipe

Penne Chicken Recipe

A rich sun-dried tomato sauce brings warm, new flavor to pasta, chicken, Portobello mushrooms and peas in this hearty and healthful meal-in-one. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, bring the water, wine and bouillon to a boil. Reduce heat; carefully add chicken. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Remove chicken from the pan, reserving the cooking liquid; set chicken aside to cool slightly. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and shallots to the cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • 3. Combine the cornstarch, milk, tomato paste and salt until smooth; stir into the pan until blended. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 4. Shred chicken with two forks; add to the sauce. Drain pasta; add to sauce. Add the cheese, peas and basil; cook and stir until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 281 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 739mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Penne Chicken

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jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 83363
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"This recipe was good, however I won't make it again. After purchasing fairly expensive sun-dried tomatoes, I was disappointed how their flavor was diluted during the cooking process. Also, my husband doesn't like cream sauces, and he picked up on the milk that was added to the recipe. When it came time to add the peas, I just couldn't do it. They didn't seem to fit with the dish."

knatkin User ID: 2754584 155397
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"This recipe was very tasty! The sundried tomatoes added a great flavor. I used sodium free chicken bouillon granules and reduced the parmesan cheese to 3/4 cup to keep the sodium a little lower. I will definitely be making this dish again!"

grannygourmet User ID: 3148826 148702
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"We were very disappointed in this recipe. It was way too salty and the flavors just didn't seem to go together. We usually keep leftovers even if we aren't crazy about the dish, but in this case, everyone said they wouldn't eat them so we threw them out."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 154747
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"This was good. DH and I both liked it alot."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 60952
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"I thought this recipe would be a winner when I first saw it. I was right! My husband and I both give it 5 stars."

bigteebigtee User ID: 1548849 150645
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"I made this dish when my nieces were over to vist and they loved it. It is nice to make when the weather is warm since you don't have to use the oven."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.