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  • Writer's pictureJessica Larit

Baked Chicken & Penne with Fresh Tomatoes!

I LOVE this pasta dish! The combination of fresh tomatoes, seasoned chicken, melted mozzarella, pasta, and fresh basil makes this a household favorite! Not to mention it is almost all cooked in 1 baking dish! This is a great weeknight meal and is super easy to put together. I have been making this dish for years and it is enjoyable every time!

Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes


-2 chicken breasts (boneless)

-2 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes (and if you have other tomatoes on hand you can put a few in)

-3 cloves of garlic (skin on)

-2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon pepper

-1/4 paprika

-1/4 thyme

-1/4 red pepper flakes

-1/8 onion powder

-12 oz penne (you can substitute GF pasta)

-1/4 cup chopped fresh basil.

-1 cup chopped mozzarella

-1 cup shredded parmesan

Next Step:

-Preheat oven to 400 F

-Add the 2 chicken breasts in the middle of a large baking sheet.

-Add the tomatoes all around the chicken.

-Add in 3 cloves of garlic (skin on)

-Drizzle the olive oil all over the chicken and tomatoes.

-In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, red pepper flakes, and onion powder.

-Then sprinkle all over the chicken and tomatoes.

-Bake for 30 minutes.

-Boil a large pot of water and cook the penne to al dente. (Try and time that your pasta is done at the same time as the chicken.

-Take the chicken and tomatoes out of the oven and leave in the baking dish.

-Using 2 forks, shred the chicken.

-Take the skin off the garlic.

-Using a potato masher, press down on all of the tomatoes and garlic to create a sauce. Stir.

-Add the mozzarella, parmesan, drained pasta, and chopped basil to the baking dish. Stir.

-Serve and ENJOY!!!

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