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Penne with Grilled Chicken and Vodka Sauce

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Makes: 6 servings (Serving Size: 2/3 cup pasta, 1/2 cup sauce, and 2 ounces chicken)
This restaurant favorite is usually made with bucket-loads of heavy cream and butter. We opted to use a little olive oil and half-and-half (lighter than cream), which still gives you a wonderful, creamy texture. 

Resistant Starch: 1g

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (1 cup)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (26-ounce) low-sodium can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups cooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3 (4-ounce) grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 360
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • cholesterol 52 mg
  • protein 25 g
  • carbohydrate 39 g
  • sugars 7 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • sodium 206 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

    Cooking Pasta
  2. Add tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, vodka, and crushed red pepper, then bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces slightly,  about 10 minutes.

  4. Add half-and-half, and cook until sauce reduces, 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.

  5. Place 2/3 cup pasta in a bowl and top with 1/2 cup vodka sauce.

  6. Arrange 2 ounces grilled chicken on top of pasta and garnish with chopped basil.

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