Chicken Penne Rustica

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Chicken Penne Rustica

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4 Servings
15 Ingredients

Skip the takeout and make this simple baked penne pasta dish at home for less than half of the money.

4 Servings
15 Ingredients


  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
  • 3 tablespoons White Wine
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese #1
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ½ cups Chicken Broth/Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Rosemary, Dried
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Thyme, Dried
  • ¼ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 8 ounces Penne
  • 1 ½ cups cook and shred Chicken, Boneless Breasts
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese #2


  • 1 8x8 Baking Pan


  • Foils
  • Labels

Cooking Instructions

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  1. Is this a recipe that is easily doubled, tripled etc?Also, thinking about making it in smaller “one serving” sized portions as it might be a good option to heat up in the AM, then take to work instead of the fancy store bought meals from the freezer section of the market. Thoughts on that?

    1. Hi Thursa, it is very easy to double, etc as long as you have enough pans. I would cook as a full serving and then split up into individual sized tupperware to take to work. I do that frequently with my freezer meals so I won’t go grab fast food.

  2. I made this last night for dinner. FABULOUS!!! The flavors are divine. Can’t wait for the leftovers! 🙂
    I had more sauce than the picture shows…it eventually soaked up, but we ate it in bowls for dinner and sopped up the “juice” with bread. Winner! 🙂

  3. Made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! I didn’t change a thing about the recipe (unusual for me) and my husband said it was the best dinner ever!

  4. I’m a little confused – we’re due in 4 days so I’m looking for freezer meals. In order to freeze this meal do I cook the sauce and the pasta and THEN freeze, or just assemble and then bake when ready?

    1. Cook sauce and pasta, assemble into the baking pan but do not bake. Then when ready to cook, pull out of the freezer to bake. And congrats!

  5. I made this for dinner tonight. I dropped the rosemary but I used my husband’s amazing smoked chicken which added tons of flavor. It was a HUGE hit with everyone!!!

  6. I just made this – or a least a thrown together version. I had jarred alfredo sauce, so I added the rosemary, thyme and pepper and used half a rotisserie chicken. It is AMAZING good. Definitely a do-over. Glad I found your site. {also just took the omelet egg muffins out of the oven}

  7. I doubled this and made two two. One for dinner tonight and one to freeze. I also chopped up 4 peppers of varying colors, carrots, broccoli and onion and added it to the pasta. We are big healthy eaters and like our veggies! I add veggies to pretty much everything.Just a note for those worried about the white wine: alcohol cooks away, just leaving a slight flavor enhancer. So don’t worry about using it when cooking when you have kids. I didn’t have any wine, though, so I also just omitted it. No biggie!Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

  8. made this tonight, and its great… i tripled it, and got 3 meals for the freezer, and 2 lunch portions, with a little left over for taste testing. it passed the test, my 5yo loved it. i added some frozen broccoli to the mix as well.

  9. How do most people go about the shredded chicken? Bake chicken breast and shred? Use left overs? Just curious how people are putting this together in 30 minutes and what everyone finds easiest and yummiest.

    1. April, I find it easiest to make a bunch of chicken in the crockpot all at once and then shred by hand or with my Kitchen Aid mixer. Then I can either keep it in the fridge for a few days or make several meals and freeze them. If you don’t want to do a bunch, it would work great with leftovers.

      1. Great idea to make a bunch in the crock pot. I baked a couple pieces that night to make the recipe and my family devoured it! I was hoping to strech it for 2 nights but there was barely enough for my little one for lunch the next day. It is rare for me to find a meal that all 6 of us really enjoy. Thank you!

  10. I was wondering if there is an easy way to get nutritional info on this? As a diabetic I’m trying to watch my carb intake. As a human, I’d like something that actually tastes good. This recipe looks like it could fit both criteria.If there’s a website that would do the calculating, please let me know and I’ll work from there.

  11. Most AMAZING meal ever! Great flavour! Only thing I would change is cooking my pasta less. By the time it was thawed and cooked again, pasta was a little on the mushy side. I will definitely make this again. Thanks!!

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