Chicken Penne Al Fresco

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Mamas Kitchen Hope

This fast and easy dish is a wonderful way to keep your kitchen cool in the hot months while serving up a delicious meal! Adapted from Pampered Chef.

Top Review by Leslie

Wow, this could not be any easier, I can't believe it's almost all prepared in the microwave. It was perfect for a quick meal after working all day. I used rotini pasta as that was all I had on hand, and the cooking time was perfect. I also used all chicken broth, no wine, so that my DD would like it too. Served with a green salad and presto, dinner was served in less than 1/2 an hour. The amount of liquid looked like a lot at first, but once the cheese was added it was just the right consistency. Thanks for a yummy dinner! :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Spray a mw safe lidded casserole. Add garlic and tomatoes. Cover; microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Crush tomatoes with fork and add uncooked pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper.
  2. Return baker to microwave; cover and microwave on HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, grate cheese and coarsely chop basil, reserve about 1/4th for later.
  4. Carefully remove baker from microwave and remove lid, lifting away from you. Add remaining basil, cheese and chicken to baker; mix well.
  5. Garnish with reserved basil, additional Parmesan cheese and black pepper, if desired.
  6. Tips: An additional 3/4 cup chicken broth can be substituted for the wine, if desired.
  7. Any tube-shaped pasta requiring 9-11 minutes cook time, such as penne or rigatoni, can be substituted for the mezze penne pasta.
  8. To grill chicken in the Grill Pan, season 2 chicken breasts, about 6 oz each, with salt and black pepper. Heat Grill Pan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Spray pan with oil. Cook chicken 4-6 minutes or until grill marks appear. Turn chicken over; cook 4-6 minutes or until center of chicken is no longer pink and Pocket Thermometer registers 170°F.

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