Penne and Chicken Tenderloins With Spiced Tomato Sauce

"From Cooking Light, April 2006."
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  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; rub over chicken.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken; cook 4 minutes, turning once.
  • Remove from heat; set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until garlic is soft.
  • Add tomatoes and wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Add chicken, and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
  • Toss pasta with sauce in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

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  1. Left out the wine and just added 2 shallots, chopped and fried with the garlic. Used the pasta I had on hand. Other than that I followed the recipe and it was a hit all round even with my 6 year old son. Thanks for the great recipe Vino Girl.
  2. The reason why I am giving this 3 stars is because I do not like the sauce. The chicken was great, the tomato sauce was rather bland to me. I did make the chicken the second time and used another sauce, then it tasted great.
  3. Excellent! I was looking for something that tasted different than the spaghetti/lasagna type Italian taste and I found it! I didn't have any fennel and I only had about 1/4 cup of white wine but I didn't miss either one. I sauteed about 1/2 an onion with the garlic like one of the reviews mentioned and I increased the salt a bit. I also used Muir Glen fire-roasted diced tomatoes which gave it a bit of extra zest. I'll definitely keep this in mind for when I have company over!
  4. What a flavorful, quick weeknight dinner that tastes like gourmet fare. This recipe alone would justify always keeping a stash of chicken tenderloins in your freezer. When I make it again (and I will), I'll drain both cans of tomatoes. I added about half a can of tomato paste to get it to the consistency we like, and I added some mushrooms just because we had them and sauteed some diced onions with the garlic. Thanks for a terrific and tasty recipe.
  5. Incredibly delicious!


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