Applebee's Style 3 Cheese Chicken Penne

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

A just wonderful Penne dish with Italian cheese and grilled chicken. Very simple but surprisingly good. This based on a recipe is from Hub Pages Restaurant food at home it is extremely well done.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chop Chicken and marinade in Italian dressing for 30 minute.
  2. Chop tomatoes, add oil chopped Garlic and basil to make bruschetta. Set aside.
  3. Cook Penne in boiling water.
  4. Grill or broil Chicken.
  5. Divide pasta between two microwavable bowls.
  6. Pour Alfredo sauce.over the pasta in each bowl.
  7. Layer on Bruschetta.
  8. Add a layer of Chicken.
  9. Add a layer of shredded cheese.
  10. Microwave for 3 min, or longer if previously chilled till cheese is melted.
  11. Serve with Garlic bread.
  12. Can be prepared well ahead of time in individual bowls, then Microwaved thoroughly.
  13. NB. I have edited this recipe from the original post. Thanks to JFitz who kindly pointed out I had omitted to include the Garlic in the Bruschetta. JFitz also added the that she cooked the meal in a casserole dish, in the oven. I have done this successfully also, but I have failed at it by using low quality shredded Italian 3 cheese mix. Always use fresh.
Most Helpful

My daughter asked me to make Applebee's 3 Cheese Chicken Penne so I was very happy when I found this recipe. She thought it was really similar except that I added (4 cloves because I LOVE garlic but my daughter doesn't) too much garlic so she didn't like my version as much but only because of the garlic. I gave it 5 stars because if I didn't add the extra garlic she would have liked it more. In the directions it didn't say where to add the garlic so I added it to the bruschetta. The other change I made was adding some extra pasta and baking it in a casserole dish @ 350 for 30 minutes. I layered everything as the recipe states. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for a great recipe!
NOTE: Made this again with less garlic and my son had the leftovers the next day and thought it was better than Applebee's! Thanks again - great recipe!

JFitz May 22, 2011

Tastes better than Applebees. I left out the provolone though, but it was absolutely delightful.

mkg112196 November 08, 2015

Used to love this dish at Applebees, however the last time I ordered it the portion size was extremely small and there must have been a total of 2 ounces of chicken on it. I have made this dish using the recipe and it is outstanding. When it comes to pasta dishes I prefer the red gravy; I'm not a great lover of alfredo sauces. But this dish, with the bruschetta, garlic, marinated grilled chicken and cheeses is awesome. And although I have only made it for 2 people using the microwave, next time I intend to make a larger portion in a casserole dish.

jsk68 July 30, 2015

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