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Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce

Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce

Photo: Lee Harrelson

Total time 36 mins
Yield

4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

This penne pasta recipe is a simple way to bring Italian flavors to your dinner table.  Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for a hearty, filling meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into (1-inch) pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 446
  • caloriesfromfat 15 %
  • fat 7.2 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 38.5 g
  • carbohydrate 57.1 g
  • fiber 6.5 g
  • cholesterol 70 mg
  • iron 4.2 mg
  • sodium 774 mg
  • calcium 153 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; rub over chicken.

    Cooking Pasta
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes, turning once. Remove from heat; set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Toss pasta with sauce in a large bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

Cook's Notes

Any small pasta will work in this quick, easy entree. Ground fennel and coriander bring a welcome complexity to the chicken and impart their flavor to the sauce.