Penne with Chicken and Broccoli Recipe -
Penne with Chicken and Broccoli Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Penne with Chicken and Broccoli

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"A simple, satisfying meal that's ready fast. Broccoli, onion, and chicken combine with penne in an extra virgin olive oil and garlic sauce, for a quick dinner the whole family will love it."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to boil. Add broccoli; cook until tender, but still firm. Remove broccoli with slotted spoon; set aside.
  2. Return water to boil. Cook Penne according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return Penne to pot.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; saute 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Stir in broccoli and salt; cook until broccoli is broken down but still green, stirring occasionally.
  4. ADD hot Penne and reserved cooking water to broccoli mixture. Add cheese; toss. Serve immediately on individual dishes; top with pepper, to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 05, 2005

I made this tonight for supper. it was very good, even made with frozen broccoli (I cooked in it the boiling water for about 3 minutes) I added the cooked broccoli to the pan with the cooked chicken, onion and garlic and set it off the heat while the pasta is cooking. This kept the broccoli nice and crisp the way I like it. The reserved water helped the grated cheese melt into a sauce. It semed to be needed. I used more grated cheese than was called for in the recipe and I used a Parmesan/Romano mix (what I had on hand).Next time I will add more onions. This was quick and tasty (and healthy to boot) and I usually will have all the ingredients on hand.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 04, 2005

We liked it well enough but next time I will double the amount of chicken and use only 3/4# of the pasta.


32 Ratings

Oct 04, 2005

I thought this was quite good, but I don't think the extra cup of water is needed. I preferred it without, since there was not much to make that water into "sauce" you just had watery pasta!

Jun 24, 2008

This recipe is amazing. It's delicious just the way it is--I won't even cook it without the recipe, because I don't want it to change. We first made this dinner to celebrate our first anniversary, and we have made it every anniversary since! Five stars.

Oct 17, 2005

I finally got a chance to try out this recipe and we absolutely loved it. My son actually asked for seconds. I too omitted the extra water from my recipe and it came out just fine. I cooked my broccoli in salted water and then removed it, cooked the pasta in the same water and then mixed the pasta, broccoli and cooked chicken together (I wanted to keep my broccoli firm). It came out great. I have enough left over for tonights dinner and maybe even for tomorrows lunch. I am already thinking about substituting shrimp for the chicken next time to mix it up. This is definitely a keeper.

Oct 11, 2005

I really liked this one a lot. I agree with the prior reviewers, too much pasta. I used about 3/4 of what was in the recipe, but in the future will cut it in half. I grilled the chicken then put it in right at the end. I had grilled some asparagus to have on the side, but will probably add it to the pot in the future. It was a good addition. I had some the next day cold, and that was good as well.

Jun 02, 2008

If you like a sauce this is not for you. it was a very light garlic flavor that i really enjoyed. i added a little extra cheese. after boiling the broccoli and then sauteing it in the pan it just fell apart on me. so you may want to undercook it a little so it will hold up later.

Jan 26, 2006

Could never get my twelve year old to year pasta before until I tried this recipe. She just loves it!!!


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  • Calories
  • 371 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.9 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 4.5 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 23.5 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 234 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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