CAROLINE'S CHICKEN AND TOMATO PENNE PASTA

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Caroline Reznicek

By
@Mysstyblue

I was just in the mood to explore something different for dinner and this is what I came up with. My family went crazy over this dish.

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8-10
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
1 Hr

Ingredients

  • 4 lb
    boneless chicken breast (about 6 large pieces)
  • 16 oz
    penne rigate pasta
  • 1 lb
    broccoli florets, frozen
  • 28 oz
    canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 large
    green bell pepper
  • 1 large
    red bell pepper
  • 2 lb
    shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 medium
    fresh firm tomatoes
  • 24 oz
    small fresh button mushrooms
  • 1/2 c
    diced onion
  • 5 large
    garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp
    dry basil ( or 1/3 cup fresh)
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil
  • 1 stick
    margerine
  • ·
    salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c
    french's fried onions to taste

How to Make CAROLINE'S CHICKEN AND TOMATO PENNE PASTA

Step-by-Step

  1. First slice, dice, clean and prep ALL ingredients as directed below.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into strips by cutting across (short way) each breast. Cut about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick strips. Set aside.
  3. Place frozen broccoli florets in a colander and rinse with cool water and let drain. Set aside.
  4. Wash, then slice bell peppers in half (long way from top to bottom) clean out seeds and slice into 1/4 wide long strips. Set aside.
  5. Crush and mince garlic. Put into small bowl.
  6. Slice and mince onion. Add to garlic in bowl.
  7. Measure dry basil or finely chop fresh basil. Add to garlic and onion in bowl.
  8. Clean and prep mushrooms. Leave whole if 1 inch or less and cut in half if larger, but you want pieces to be around the size of a quarter at least.
  9. Wash and slice fresh tomatoes into wedges by slicing from top to bottom in half, then slice each half into 4 wedges. (You should have 24 wedges from 3 medium tomatoes.)
  10. NEXT STEPS TO COOK
  11. Place on stove, one large pot of water to cover chicken seasoned with salt and bring to boil.
    Add chicken strips, boil about 15 minutes and drain.
  12. Place on stove, second large pot of water for pasta seasoned with salt. Heat to a boil.
    Add penne pasta and cook to aldente stage.
    Add broccoli florets and bring back to a boil for 1 minute. Turn off heat and drain pasta and broccoli in a large colander. Transfer to a very large mixing bowl. Slice one stick of margerine into pasta mix and add 1 + 1/2 lbs (24oz.) of shredded mozzerella cheese and toss gently to mix.
  13. Place on stove one very large skillet with olive oil and heat.
    Add sliced peppers and cook for about 1 minute.
    Add garlic and onions and basil and cook for about 3 minutes.
    Add mushrooms, be sure to stir and coat all ingredients with mixture and cook for about 5 minutes.
    Add whole can of diced tomatoes (juice and all) and simmer cook for about 5 minutes.
  14. Add cooked chicken strips to tomato mixture and stir to mix.
    Season with salt and cracked black pepper.
    Cook about 2-3 minutes more.
    Stiring this mixture to coat as you go is important.
  15. Next pour skillet contents over pasta/cheese mix, and toss gently to mix.
  16. Pour into a large baking dish or several smaller ones coated with cooking spray.
  17. Top with tomato wedges.
  18. Use salt and cracked black pepper over wedges.
  19. Sprinkle rest of shredded cheese over wedges.
  20. Sprinkle with French fried onions to top.
  21. Place in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until it begins to bubble.
    Makes 8 to 10 good sized servings. `
  22. Just add warm french bread or a side salad if desired, to complete this one dish meal.

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About CAROLINE'S CHICKEN AND TOMATO PENNE PASTA

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta
Regional Style: Italian




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