To reduce calories, fat and sodium, you can opt for a light Alfredo sauce. For a spicier dish, increase the amount of chipotle chiles. Recipe is from Family Circle. I like to use "The Best Alfredo Sauce" for the prepared alfredo sauce.
- 12 ounces uncooked penne pasta
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
- 1⁄3 cup onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 cups prepared alfredo sauce
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chile in adobo
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 8 slices cooked bacon, heated in microwave and chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- Cook penne following package directions; drain.
- While penne is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken for about 4 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove to a plate and reserve.
- Reduce heat to medium.
- Add onion to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
- Stir in the Alfredo sauce, chipotle, chili powder, maple syrup and salt.
- Cook over medium-high heat until bubbly.
- Stir in the chicken.
- Place the pasta back into the pot and stir in the Alfredo and chicken mixture.
- Spoon pasta onto a large serving platter and garnish with the bacon and cilantro.
Absolutely great, a fast family favorite. You can adjust the heat yourself. I add some steamed broccoli to get a balanced meal in one dish. We have this dish often, even great on those busy weeknights cuz it's so quick!!!
This was a very nice main dish! Cooked up fast yet had the flavor of a dish that cooked all day. The heat from the chipotle was so wonderfully complimented by the maple syrup. What an interesting combo! It works really well! I used turkey bacon for regular and I doubled the chipotle- we love hot and spicy. I used a regular fat alfredo- the fresh kind from the deli counter because this whole dish has only 10 fat grams so I figured why not? I usually always have penne in the pantry and was really mad that I did not have any. I had to use some elbows (elbow rigate) because I wanted a similar shape so the sauce gets in the center of the noodle like it would with penne. The elbow rigate worked fine but the penne would look so much nicer. This is a fantastic dish Lainey. *Made for ZWT Canada Family Picks*