Rick's Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a pasta recipe I've been cooking forever. I've changed it slightly over the years, but it's basically the same sauce I've made since I was a teenager.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté onions in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Add tomato, tomato sauce, tomato juice, black pepper, salt, basil, and parsley.
  4. Once sauce boils reduce to simmer and add grilled chicken.
  5. Simmer until pasta is cooked.
  6. Cook penne pasta in boiling, salted water.
  7. Strain pasta and add to sauce.
  8. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Notes:.
  10. Add red pepper flakes for arabiatta.
  11. Add oregano for a spicier version.


Most Helpful

Excellent. Super easy. Note: Recipe calls for grilled chicken. I didn't feel like separately grilling chicken, so I just sauteed my cut-up boneless skinless chicken breast in the the onion and garlic, took it out when it was cooked through (so it wouldn't overcook while I simmered the sauce a bit) and then added the tomatoes, sauce, basil, salt, etc. I did add some crushed red pepper. I added a little too much. My super-picky six-year old son loved it that way though!

bethiemac August 01, 2012

I really enjoyed this. The sauce was nicely flavored. The second time I made it, I used a couple of tablespoons of capers and about 15 green olives sliced. I also had some shrimp I needed to use up, so I peeled those and put them in with the chicken too. I too used dried basil. The fresh doesn't yet have enough leaves!! I like the idea of a little red pepper. There are endless possibilities with this recipe. Thanks for posting.

carolily531 May 19, 2010

delicious! dad couldn't stop raving about it! served over whole wheat spaghetti instead of penne

ellie3763 May 18, 2009

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