Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce

  • CherylR1954 Posted: 04/02/10
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    Bland, bland, bland. I bought the best Parm-Regg at the local market, buy small quantities of fresh spices (Penzeys) and even used Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes that always work. Simply a boring dish.

  • cindyc27 Posted: 01/18/11
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    Very Good! Excellent flavor. I skipped the fennel, used only 1 clove of garlic, cut the wine to 1/2 cup and it was still full of flavor.

  • Mickki Posted: 06/11/10
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    I've made this twice already....the second time I used shrimp! It's AWESOME either way! I follow the recipe with no changes and DH & I can't get enough. Using the shrimp helps make it a little more special. I serve it with a nice, tossed salad. It's DEFINITELY in my "make it again" file!

  • cookfromsocal Posted: 05/29/09
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    The four cups of diced tomatoes came to be three cans. Next time will use four cans as it was a llittle dry. A wonderful taste. A definite repeat.

  • gertie09 Posted: 03/31/09
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    This recipe was very tasty and my husband who is not fond of pasta dishes is begging me to prepare it again. I used 2 cans stewed tomatoes and 2 cans diced tomatoes. Also I used peccorino cheese since that was what I had on hand. I served with salad and french bread. I will definitely prepare again soon. It's a KEEPER !!

  • j2adamsplus2 Posted: 04/24/09
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    Great recipe and very easy. It ended up being a bit salty, but that may have been because I used the seasoned crushed tomatoes.

  • sarasotacook Posted: 05/26/09
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    Excellent recipe. I used regular chicken breast. I did not have any ground fennel so I used fennel seed, which added an interesting spice to this dish. I served over whole grain penne. Very easy recipe. I will defintiely make again.

  • ChicagoRN2 Posted: 12/02/10
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    We loved this. I did double the garlic and added some crushed red peppers and garlic powder to both the chicken and the sauce. This was simple, flavorful and kid/adult friendly! Will definitely make again!

  • Shanba Posted: 09/22/09
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    My family really liked this recipe. I used fennel seed because I could not find ground fennel. I used chicken breasts rather than tenders since it is cut up in chuncks anyway. Since I used 2 large cans diced tomatos, blended, I added a little more of the remaining sauce ingredients to accommodate for the extra tomato. I used grated parmesan and 16 oz. whole wheat penne. I will be adding this recipe to our menu rotation and wouldn't hesitate serving it to casual company.

  • IzzieB Posted: 03/26/10
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    My husband, son (6 year old) and I really liked this recipe and I would definitely make it again. I was on the phone for pretty much the entire time I was making this and it still tasted great; and that's saying something! I had fennel seed on hand so I ground it up with mortar and pestle. I used (4) 14-oz cans of unseasoned, diced tomatoes, but that's only because I read some of the reviews and thought better to have more rather than less. In hindsight, I think I would have preferred the 4 cups (or 3 cans) that the recipe actually called for. I used the Brown Rice Pasta Fusili from Trader Joe's (because that's what I had and I wasn't making a trip to the store) and was thrilled that you couldn't tell the difference once tossed with the sauce. This really is one recipe that does not need modifying.

  • BrittanyLSW Posted: 06/24/10
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    Wasn't impressed. Maybe my expectations were just too high since it was so highly rated. Not sure what was "wrong," if anything. Just not for us!

  • foxegurl266 Posted: 12/21/10
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    The sauce coated the pasta well and had a pleasant taste. The chicken was okay. It smelled better than it tasted.

  • leftquark Posted: 07/21/10
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    I made this recipe last night for my girlfriend and I. We both really enjoyed it, although we definitely thought it needed some red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit more (we found it just ever so slightly bland at first). I also didn't pay close enough attention to the instructions and completely mistimed it (forgot the 20 minutes of simmering the sauce), so make sure to watch out for that. Overall, super yummy! Will make again!

  • AntoniaVanR Posted: 01/02/12
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    Simple but delicious. Did not have fennel, so used thyme. nice flavour. I like spicier food than my husband, but we both enjoyed it. Will make this again and again.

  • NRigle13 Posted: 10/30/11
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    Really good recipe! I didn't have fennel seed or coriander, so I replaced it with 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin and I also added the red pepper flakes and some garlic powder like previous people had mentioned. With just a few changes, this recipe turn out delicious!

  • lesliecoy4 Posted: 12/29/11
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    OK - I did not have the Fennel and I did not have the Coriander- But as good as this was without them,I can not think how it could be any better !

  • Lynx579 Posted: 01/05/12
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    Family enjoyed...good flavor. I think the fennel seed really added flavor, but I had to crush whole seeds, a little extra work, but it worked!

  • springhilllad Posted: 02/04/12
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    sauce a little watery but otherwise great. Outstanding taste. Used chicken breast instead of tenders.

  • metermaid Posted: 02/29/12
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    Delicious! I did have fennel seed and coriader and it was wonderful.

  • Prodfb14 Posted: 01/24/13
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    Masth

  • kaxel1075 Posted: 04/16/12
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    we just loved this, did not have penne, so used fettucini. will make again for sure.

  • daneanp Posted: 03/05/13
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    This was just ok and yes, the sauce was too watery. If I made it again, I'd definitely drain the tomatoes. I wasn't big on the fennel-flavor and would use red wine instead of white if I made it again. Though I probably won't. Cooking Light has many much better pasta dishes to choose from. Even my 16 year old was pretty bored by it and she'll eat anything with pasta.

  • tpolen Posted: 05/31/12
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    Despite doubling the spices, the chicken wasn't spicy at all and the overall flavor of the dish was boring.

  • teaali Posted: 01/23/13
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    Very good. After reading the reviews I made a few changes. I didn't have the fennel seed but I added italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder to the chicken and the sauce. i also added a little ground cumin and red pepper flakes to the sauce...family likes things spicy. Simmered the sauce for about 45 minutes to give it time to thicken before adding the cooked chicken. Served with spinach. I've had a bottle of white cooking wine sitting in my pantry for ages and didn't know what to do with it. Will try this next time with the fennel seed to see what it does to the flavor. And much tastier as leftovers.

  • yparramore Posted: 11/02/12
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    Boneless skinless chicken thighs soak up the flavor better.

  • Webgirl Posted: 04/30/13
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    Delicious! Added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and let the sauce cool down a bit to thicken and mashed the tomatoes a bit. The fennel on the chicken was really tasty.

  • JonMacy Posted: 01/26/13
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    I don't understand why some reviewers say this dish is bland or boring. I added some diced onion and green pepper and the flavors were outstanding. I agree with Jazzy1...the flavors were even better on the second day.

  • Jazzy1 Posted: 01/18/13
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    This was okay, but didn't bowl me over. Sauce is watery. I did make some changes based on comments. I added a good dose of italian seasoning to the sauce. I didn't have any fennel, so I used five spice powder. I enjoyed the flavors better on the second day. If I make again, I will add a little tomato paste to help thicken the sauce.

  • RachelLinn13 Posted: 03/16/14
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    This was pretty good and easy!

  • brenro Posted: 02/20/14
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    This recipe is a staple at our house. I use whole fennel seed and coriander and grind them fresh. For the tomatoes I've been happy with Hunt's fire roasted diced tomatoes. Not sure why all the low ratings. This isn't supposed to be a hot, spicy dish. The fresh basil absolutely makes it.

  • Ces064 Posted: 01/01/14
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    Made this tonight. It was ok. I had to add a ton of spices and some onion and peppers to the sauce to give it flavor. I don't think I would make this again. My family ate it... politely. ;-)

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