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Chicken and Sundried Tomato Penne

Creating this Chicken and Sundried Tomato Penne happened  on one of those days. You know what I’m talking about. The day seemed to last forever,  I wasn’t feeling well, our little one was bored all day etc etc. I needed something easy to make for dinner. Something easy so I wasn’t slaving all day in the kitchen and easy so that an almost 4 year old could help with. I decided to make pasta, but then it started to sound good to have that cheesy topping, ya know when you let the cheese get all bubbly and delicious, so I decided last minute to bake the pasta. Now, this is no filet Mignon with a red wine sauce, but it was a quick and tasty meal. Plus it gave plenty of left overs for lunch the next day so I technically got two meals from one!

Are Sundried Tomatoes Good For You?

Sun-dried tomatoes are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Antioxidants can help lower your risk of cancer and age-related diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.

How Long Does Sun Dried Tomatoes In Oil Last?

Unopened sun dried tomatoes in oil will last for up to 2 years in the pantry.

Once the sun dried tomatoes in oil have been opened, they should be kept in the refrigerator.

Opened, refrigerated sun dried tomatoes will keep for 6 months.

Do Mushrooms Have Nutritional Value?

Mushrooms provide  B vitamins, riboflavin, and niacin.

They are also a source of potassium.

They are low in calories and have no fat or cholesterol.

Chicken and Sundried Tomato Penne

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Chicken and Sundried Tomato Penne

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4
This is a quick and easy meal, and so good!


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 Chicken breasts Boneless Skinless , halved
  • 1/2 cup flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 6 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 6 cups half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 Cup mushrooms sliced (we used cremini)
  • 1 Cup oil-packed Sun-dried tomatoes drained, and sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg Fresh
  • 1-2 Cups Mozzarella Shredded
  • kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup Parmesan freshly grated


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, add pasta and cook just short of al dente;
  • Drain pasta and set aside.
  • While pasta is boiling, heat 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides; cook until done and juices run clear, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  • Cut in half lengthwise and slice into thin medallions.
  • While chicken pan is still hot, toss the mushrooms in and saute until golden brown. You may need to add a little more oil to the pan.
  • In a heavy pot melt butter over medium heat and add flour.
  • Whisk the two together and let cook for an additional 1-2 min. Make sure you keep moving the mixture so it wont burn. You want the flour taste to cook out.
  • Add garlic; cook, whisking, 1 minute.
  • While continuing to whisk gradually add cream;
  • Bring to a simmer. Keep whisking frequently as sauce thickens, about 1 minute more.
  • Salt and pepper to taste and add the nutmeg. I start with 1/4 teaspoon and taste and add more. You should just barely be able to taste that there is a little something extra to the sauce.
  • Add mushrooms and tomatoes; cook 1 minute.
  • Take the pan off the heat and stir in mozzarella until melted.
  • Add chicken and pasta to pot; season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Place in a baking dish and top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, until top is golden and bubbling, about 25 minutes.


left overs will keep for 5 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Sundried Tomato Penne
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 1531 Calories from Fat 756
% Daily Value*
Fat 84g129%
Saturated Fat 48g300%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 299mg100%
Sodium 1288mg56%
Potassium 1746mg50%
Carbohydrates 123g41%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 73g146%
Vitamin A 2680IU54%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 1025mg103%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • I just copied this recipe and plan to make it for company. I like fast and easy but also so tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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  • This is just the kind of dish I would order in a restaurant. It looks amazing!!

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  • This sounds so good and fattening! 😉 I am bookmarking this for a day when I feel skinny enough to eat it or don't care if I'm not skinny 🙂 Your orange rolls below look amazing too!

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Family Favorite Grilling Recipes for This Summer!