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Roasted Pepper Chicken Penne

My husband calls me an aerobic cook because I can make this Italian dish in just 30 minutes. No one will accuse you of cutting corners. It tastes like it's been simmering deliciously for hours. —Regina Cowles, Boulder, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup julienned roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag; add vinegar. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil for 1 minute. Drain and discard vinegar. Add chicken to skillet; cook for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, red peppers, broth, Italian seasoning and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until heated through. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 424 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • hchambers
    Apr 27, 2017

    This dish was good. I added some red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a kick. I also melted some fresh mozzarella on top.

  • danielle_lyn
    Mar 1, 2017

    My husband and I really liked this dish. I do see where others say this is bland by following the recipe as stated. The sauce definitely needs to cook longer than stated to develop more flavor, at least 15-20 minutes of simmering. Also don't toss out the extra balsamic. It will enhance the flavor by using it all, when browning the chicken. I did have to add a bit more seasoning to taste and added a dash of red pepper flakes. But overall this was a nice flavorful dish. It was really good with wheat pasta to make it healthier. Serve with a nice crusty bread to dip in the extra sauce and a salad for a nice dinner. Thank you for the recipe! I will make again!

  • Igraine32
    Sep 19, 2013

    This was good with the additional ingredients of red pepper & garlic powder. I even doused it with sirracha on my own plate for added flavor. I can see how people would find this bland. Not sure how it was a contest winner. The child picked out all the roasted pepper. For adults, this may join the 5 star rank with some Kalamata olives.

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    Aug 11, 2013

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    Mar 11, 2013

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    Feb 15, 2012

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    Dec 12, 2011

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  • marciedarciestuff
    Aug 18, 2009

    It seemed to be missing something. Bland.

  • hcs2008
    Jun 23, 2009

    Delicious!!!! I was soo pleased with this meal! Second time I made it I added some artichoke hearts ... YUMM!This is definately a keeper!

  • dehaan5
    May 14, 2009

    we added mushrooms to the recipe, and it is one of our favorites!