Weeknight Chicken Parm Pasta

August 24, 2020 in


Welcome to a new week, mes amies.  I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend. We are back to the grind now.
Weeknight meals always make me feel as if I have to walk a tight rope between healthy and something I can get made in under an hour. I don't want to have to sacrifice nourishment for quick and easy.  
I was very excited when i found a 1/2 hour start to finish recipe for Chicken Parm Pasta.  It came out pretty good. I made a few adaptations that make it great in my humble opinion. 
The pasta doesn't even need to be pre-cooked. How awesome is that? Also, you never turn your oven on, just the broiler.
Again, no long, drawn out story before the recipe. Who has time for that?


 - 6 TBS of EVOO- divided

- 4 Fresh basil leaves, chopped

- Small onion, Minced

4 garlic cloves, minced, divided

- 1 Box of Penne Pasta

1 (28-ounce) can crushed Cento crushed tomato ( Cento tomatoes really have the best flavor)

2 teaspoons table salt, divided

- 1 1/2 C panko bread crumbs

- 2TBS Red Pepper Flakes

- 2 1/2 C shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese

- 1 Large rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded, meat shredded into bite-size pieces (3 cups)

Steps :

Heat 4 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and three-quarters of garlic and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add pasta, tomatoes, water, 1¾ teaspoons salt, and pepper flakes and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover; and simmer until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine panko, remaining olive oil, remaining garlic, and remaining salt in bowl. Microwave until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes in 30 second intervals stirring each time; set aside.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat broiler. Stir chicken into pasta and sprinkle ½ of the panko on top, then top the panko with the mozzarella . Broil until mozzarella is melted and spotty brown, about 5 minutes.  Pull out from under the broiler, sprinkle with remaining panko mixture and chopped basil, serve.

30 minutes start to finish. Delicious and healthy. What more could we ask for?



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