Penne with Chicken and Basil

This is a great summer recipe. It’s light, easy, and cooks quickly on a cooktop. No oven required!

Penne with Chicken and Basil
AuthorHeather Erica von BargenDifficultyBeginner

This is a great summer recipe. It's light, easy, and cooks quickly on a cooktop. No oven required!

Penne with Chicken and Basil
Yields4 Servings
 6 oz or 170 grams penne pasta
 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 4 cloves of garlic, minced
 1 red hot chili pepper, diced and de-seeded.
 1 lb or 450 grams of skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into cubes
 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
 ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
 Finely shredded Parmesan cheese
 Freshly ground black pepper
 salt
1

Put a large pot of water on medium high heat to bring to a boil for the pasta.

2

When it reaches a boil, add a spoon of salt and then the penne.

3

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a pot or skillet large enough to contain the pasta and tomatoes later.
Add garlic and the red pepper and stir for a minute.

4

Add the chicken and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for several minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently.

5

When the pasta is done, add it to the chicken along with the tomatoes and basil. Add remaining oil to coat lightly and mix it all up.

6

Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese and fresh black pepper.
Buon appetito!

Ingredients

 6 oz or 170 grams penne pasta
 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 4 cloves of garlic, minced
 1 red hot chili pepper, diced and de-seeded.
 1 lb or 450 grams of skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into cubes
 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
 ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
 Finely shredded Parmesan cheese
 Freshly ground black pepper
 salt

Directions

1

Put a large pot of water on medium high heat to bring to a boil for the pasta.

2

When it reaches a boil, add a spoon of salt and then the penne.

3

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a pot or skillet large enough to contain the pasta and tomatoes later.
Add garlic and the red pepper and stir for a minute.

4

Add the chicken and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for several minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently.

5

When the pasta is done, add it to the chicken along with the tomatoes and basil. Add remaining oil to coat lightly and mix it all up.

6

Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese and fresh black pepper.
Buon appetito!

Penne with Chicken and Basil

Author: Heather Erica von Bargen

Heather is the host of Casa Pace e Gioia, a holiday rental home with a private pool, olive groves, and grapevines on 8 acres in the countryside hills of Le Marche, Italy.

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