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Sweet Daddy D's Chicken Penne

This simple pasta dish with chicken and flavored with fresh tomatoes and spinach will be a hit with the whole family, especially the cook!
Course: Main Dish
Keyword: NA
Author: Sweet Daddy D

Here's What You Need

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine
  • 5 cloves toes garlic rough chop
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 6 Roma tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • to taste fresh ground pepper and kosher salt

Herb and Spice Blend

  • ounce fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme

Chicken Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons Lemon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch kosher salt

Here's What You Do

  • Prepare the penne as directed on the box; set aside. Reserve some of the pasta water
  • Apply the Chicken Seasoning liberally to the chicken tenders and set aside
  • Peel the tomatoes by lightly making a cross hatch over the stem end trying just to pierce the skin. Drop in heavily boiling water a few at a time for 4 or 5 minutes, then remove to an ice batch. After a few minuted in the ice batch, the skin should easily peel off. Rough chop the tomatoes and set aside in a bowl.
  • Add a couple tablespoons olive oil to pan over medium high heat, saute/grill chicken in sauce pan until browned on all sides. remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add more olive oil to pan; sauté onions until softened, scraping brown specs off bottom of pan;
  • Add garlic and tomatoes, fresh basil, thyme, and oregano and sauté until the onions start to caramelize, about 4 to 5 minutes [maybe deglaise with a little dry white wine]
  • Add white wine and let it simmer until reduced by half
  • Add the fresh spinach, mix well, cook until starting to wilted, about 2 minutes.
  • Add cooked panne a little at a time to the pan and mix well. You may not use all of the pasta, just make sure its all coated with the sauce. Add a couple tablespoons of the pasta water and mix well.
  • Add browned chicken tenders; mix well.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil and the Parmesan cheese and toss all together.
  • Taste for salt and fresh ground pepper


Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and crusty French bread

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