Chicken Pot Penne

Classic comforting chicken pot pie modernized into a delicious pasta dish that will have everyone licking their plates!

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Chicken Pot Penne

Saturday April 16, 2022

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Butter Chicken Chicken Broth Chicken Bullion Flour Frozen Vegetables Garlic Powder Heavy Cream Olive Oil Parsley Penne Pepper Salt Thyme

Chicken Pot Penne

Chicken Pot Penne

Classic comforting chicken pot pie modernized into a delicious pasta dish that will have everyone licking their plates!

Saturday April 16, 2022

(5 stars from 1 rating)

Butter Chicken Chicken Broth Chicken Bullion Flour Frozen Vegetables Garlic Powder Heavy Cream Olive Oil Parsley Penne Pepper Salt Thyme

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The last time I made a regular chicken pot pie, I couldn't help but imagine the sauce coating noodles as well as all the veggies and chicken. Next time I made it, instead of pouring into crust and baking I threw some penne noodles into the pot and tossed it all together. The results were incredible - and is ready much quicker than a traditional pot pie! This chicken pot pie noodle dish is now one of my favorites!

a scoop of chicken pot penne

What are the ingredients in chicken pot penne?

Just a handful of simple ingredients needed to make this quick dinner:

A top down view of the ingredients needed for chicken pot penne
  • penne - or your favorite pasta
  • olive oil - to cook the chicken
  • chicken breasts - if you have leftover cooked chicken that would work too and make this dinner even faster
  • salt and pepper - to season the chicken
  • butter - forms the base of the sauce
  • frozen vegetables - I buy the blend of carrot, corn, peas and green beans but you can use your favorite veggies
  • flour - helps thicken the sauce
  • seasonings - to add flavor to the dish, I like garlic powder, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper
  • chicken bullion packet - the secret ingredient that helps to make the sauce tastier
  • chicken broth - the liquid component of the sauce
  • heavy cream - optional, but adds a creamy component to the sauce that is hard to resist!

How to make chicken pot penne?

Chicken pot penne is simple to make:

step one: boil the noodles according to package instructions until al dente (my penne took about 10 minutes)

step two: while the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium high, then add the chicken and season with salt and pepper

step three: cook the chicken 5-8 minutes each side, or until fully cooked through (i covered my pan with a lid to help it cook faster)

step four: remove chicken from  pan and allow to cool, chop into bite size pieces

penne fully cooked in a soup pot
2 chicken breasts added to a pan with oil, seasoned with salt and pepper
fully cooked chicken breasts in a large pan
chopped chicken breast on a cutting board

step five: to the same pan the chicken was in, add the butter and allow to melt

step six: add the frozen veggies and cook until softened and coated with butter

step seven: sprinkle the flour and seasonings over top of the veggies and allow to cook 1-2 minutes

butter melting in a large pan
frozen veggies added to large pan
veggies that have softened and been mixed with butter
flour and seasonings added to the veggies
flour and seasonings mixed into the veggies

step eight: add the chicken broth slowly while stirring to avoid clumps forming

step nine: add the heavy cream, stir, and allow sauce to simmer until thickened, 5-10 minutes

step ten: add chicken and penne to the pot, stir to coat and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, to make sure the noodles and chicken are warmed through

a little bit of broth added to the veggie mixture
after all the broth has been added to the pot
heavy cream added to the pot with veggies and sauce
veggies in a pot covered with a thickened sauce
penne and chicken added to the pot
penne and chicken mixed into the sauce with veggies

What does this chicken pot penne taste like?

This chicken pot penne taste like chicken pot pie filling tossed with noodles. Juicy chunks of chicken mixed with a blend of peas, corn, carrots, and green peas, swimming in a creamy, slightly herbed gravy-like sauce all served over penne noodles. Yeah, its comfort food at its finest.

two big plates of chicken pot penne

Can I use fresh veggies instead of frozen?

Fresh veggies will work fine in this recipe, you will just have to make sure you cook them until they are soft before adding the flour and continuing with the recipe.

Can I use leftover chicken for this recipe?

Yes, you absolutely can use leftover or pre-cooked chicken to make this recipe! To use precooked chicken, chop it up into small pieces then set aside. Skip the cooking chicking steps and go straight into melting the butter and continue with the recipe! You can aso use leftover chicken thighs, or even leftover turkey meat for this dish!

two plates stacked with a pile of chicken pot penne

Tips and tricks to make this dish amazing:

  • salt your pasta water before you add the penne to cook; this adds flavor to the noodles
  • don't overcook your noodles - no one likes mushy noodles!
  • don't overcook your chicken - similarly no one likes dry, chewy chicken!
  • make sure you add a little chicken broth at a time and stir well so that your sauce isn't clumpy and properly thickens
  • the sauce may seem like a lot when you first mix in the chicken and noodles, but this is normal and some will absorb into the noodles after 5-10 minutes!
  • cover the pan while cooking the chicken if you have thick chicken breasts; this will help keep it juicy and cook it faster
a fork full of chicken pot penne

Chicken Pot Penne

(5 stars from 1 rating)

Chicken Pot Penne

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By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts (about 3/4 - 1 lb)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 packet chicken bullion powder (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

a pot with pasta

1. Boil the pasta

In a large pot, cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions; drain and set aside

cooked chicken in a large skillet

2. Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat, then cook the chicken 8-10 minutes each side, or until cooked through; once cooled chop into bite sized pieces

cooked veggies in a large skillet

3. Cook the veggies

Add the butter to the same skillet used to cook the chicken and allow to melt, then add the frozen veggies and cook until softened and coated with butter

a large skillet with veggies and sauce

4. Make the sauce

Sprinkle the flour, garlic powder, dried thyme, bullion packet, salt, pepper and parsley over the veggies and stir to coat, allow to cook 1-2 minutes then add the chicken broth a little at a time, stirring well after each addition

the pot with thickened sauce and veggies

5. Thicken the sauce

Add the heavy cream, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.

a large pot full of chicken pot penne

6. Add chicken and penne

Add the chicken and noodles to the pan with the sauce and veggies and stir to combine. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes so that the chicken and noodles are warmed through


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Sunday May 22, 2022

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Dana Gallina
Monday May 2, 2022

It was a hit at our house.

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Natalie
Monday May 2, 2022

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