Thursday, July 19, 2012

Skillet Penne with Chicken and Broccoli

I've mentioned before how much I love one-pot dishes, especially when they involve cooking pasta in broth and water. There's something special about pasta cooked in a skillet with so many other delicious ingredients. The pasta soaks up not just the water and broth but the flavors as well.

This Skillet Penne with Chicken and Broccoli is from Cook's Country, which is one of the only magazines I continue to pay for. The recipes are tested so many times that I've rarely comes across one that isn't a winner. This was no exception. The sauce was a little thin, but I only had 7 ounces of ziti so that may have had something to do with it. I'm sure the leftovers the next day were better, but since there was only enough for SP I couldn't tell you. :) He's a lucky man - the flavors in this were outstanding. You can't go wrong with chicken, pasta and broccoli in my book.

Skillet Penne with Chicken and Broccoli
As seen in Cook's Country August/September 2012

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 cups water
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
8 ounces penne
8 ounces broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra for serving

Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chicken in a single later and cook, without stirring, until beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Stir chicken and continue to cook until nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

Add 1 tablespoon oil to now-empty skillet and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in garlic, pepper flakes and oregano and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Stir in wine and simmer until nearly evaporated, 1-2 minutes. Stir in water, broth and penne. Increase heat to medium-high and cook at a simmer, stirring often, until penne is nearly tender, about 12 minutes.

Stir in broccoli and cook until penne and broccoli are tender and sauce has thickened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in chicken, along with any accumulated juices and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Off heat, stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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  1. When does the penne go in the skillet?

    1. You add the penne with the broth and water, second paragraph at the end. :)

  2. This was excellent! :)


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