Perfect Penne

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Are you ready to transform your kitchen into a place of culinary magic? If you’re a home cook on the hunt for a simple and nourishing weeknight family dinner, then look no further. From Barilla Pasta, this Perfect Penne with Chicken & Roasted Garlic Sauce is a delightful creation that blends the earthy flavors of roasted garlic, tender chicken, and hearty penne pasta into a satisfying masterpiece.

In this recipe, you’ll marinate chicken breast tenders with a fragrant blend of ground fennel seed, dried basil, coriander, salt, and freshly ground black pepper, infusing your dish with layers of mouthwatering aromas. As you cook the chicken in a skillet with a touch of olive oil, it crisps to golden perfection in just a few minutes, while you sauté minced garlic to a state of soft, aromatic perfection.

Now, picture your kitchen filled with the tantalizing scent of tomatoes and white wine simmering together, creating a luscious, rich sauce that clings to every inch of perfectly cooked penne pasta. The simplicity of this recipe is what makes it a favorite among home cooks. You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to create a masterpiece; it’s all about combining the right flavors and techniques.

Finally, as the penne pasta and sauce merge in a large bowl, we crown this creation with a generous sprinkle of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a handful of chopped fresh basil, elevating your meal to a restaurant-worthy dish. With minimal effort, you can whip up a dish that will have your family’s taste buds dancing with joy. So, roll up your sleeves and let’s make some magic in the kitchen!

Serve this with some broiled Cheesy Garlic Bread, homemade Ciabatta Bread or some crusty French Bread. Add in a garden fresh salad and what a perfect meal.


Perfect Penne

Perfect Penne

Perfect Penne with Chicken & Roasted Garlic Sauce is a great weeknight family dinner that is simple and nutritious meal.


  • Author: Barilla
  • Prep Time: :05
  • Cook Time: :20
  • Total Time: :25
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into (1-inch) pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; rub over chicken.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes, turning once. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until garlic is soft. Add tomatoes and wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add chicken, and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Toss pasta with sauce in a large bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.


  • Calories 446 Calories from fat 15% Fat 7.2g Sat fat 1.9g Mono fat 3.2g Poly fat 0.8g Protein 38.5g Carbohydrate 57.1g Fiber 6.5g Cholesterol 70mg Iron 4.2mg Sodium 774mg Calcium 153mg
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