Chicken Caprese Penne

Chicken Caprese Penne is one of those wonderful comfort food pasta bake dishes.  It’s a great family meal that just about everyone will love.

Chicken & penne pasta bakes are usually a great food combination to start with.  Mix this with a lovely tomato based pasta sauce that also contains, parmesan, cream and garlic and you have a very tasty combination.  Add in mozzarella, basil and mini roma tomatoes for a sweet burst of flavour and the dish becomes even more creamy and mouth-watering.  Finish with a topping of mozzarella to provide a beautiful golden topping and you will want to keep eating this meal until you burst.

The only real challenge to this fairly simple meal is that you will be cooking the 3 key elements of this dish (pasta, chicken, pasta sauce) at the same time.  That’s not really an issue, you just need to make sure you have your ingredients ready to go.

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Chicken Caprese Penne
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat a fan forced oven to 190°C (375°F).
  2. In a frying pan over medium high heat add chicken and cook until browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Cook penne according to packet instructions.
  4. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add pasta sauce, thickened cream, parmesan, garlic, salt & pepper. Stir regularly until cheese melts.
  5. Drain pasta and add to a large baking dish.
  6. Add chicken, tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp basil leaves to baking dish. Stir to mix through.
  7. Add pasta sauce over the top and stir to mix through.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella over the top of the pasta and place in oven and cook for about 20 minutes until cheese is golden.
  9. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve.
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