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Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

This recipe only takes 20 minutes to make and is tasty!
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken penne, chicken penne pasta, easy dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 553kcal


  • 6 ounce box penne pasta
  • 4 large chicken breasts boneless & skinless
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried fennel seed
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • cup half & half
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 ½ cups fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: parmesan cheese basil, parsley


  • Start by cooking the penne according the manufacturer, drain and set aside.
  • In a small dish mixing together salt, onion powder, fennel seed, oregano, and basil then thoroughly season chicken breasts.
  • Over medium-high heat melt butter in large sauce pan and sauté chicken until browned and cooked through. About 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set chicken aside.
  • In the hot pan add minced garlic and diced tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes begin to soften.
  • Add chicken stock and half and half to the pan making sure to swirl the spoon, removing all the browned bits from the bottom.
  • Next stir in the spinach and tomato sauce. Simmer for a few minutes. Sauce should reduce and thicken a bit.
  • Throw the cooked pasta in and place chicken breasts back in. Enjoy!
  • Can be frozen for up to two months. Defrost in refrigerator and warm in oven on 350 degrees F or microwave.


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 1347mg | Potassium: 1436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2582IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg