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Penne Arrabbiata with Chicken and Basil 30 November, 2017 | Main Dishes, Pasta

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  • 1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • 1 8 oz ball of fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1 jar your favorite Arrabbiata sauce
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (or more or less according to spice preference)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, rinsed and rough chopped
  • Salt & pepper


Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breasts until fully cooked (165 degrees internal temperature).

Remove chicken from heat and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Meanwhile, boil water for pasta in a medium-large pot. Salt water generously and cook pasta for recommended cooking time. (If you like your pasta al dente, consider cooking it until just slightly underdone—it will cook a little more when you add sauce later.)

Drain pasta and set aside. Add jarred sauce and chopped tomatoes to pasta pot. Cook over medium heat till sauce starts to boil, reduce heat to simmer. Stir in red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Stir in chicken.

Add pasta to pot. Cook till pasta is heated through.

Top with cubed mozzarella. Turn heat off and cover pot to allow mozzarella to melt. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately.

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