Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus


This light pasta dish was just the ticket for a healthy and tasty dinner.


  • 1 (16 ounces) package dried penne pasta (1)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into cubes
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced (2)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Stir in chicken and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder (3).  Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes.  Remove chicken to paper towels

Pour chicken broth into the skillet.  Stir in asparagus, garlic, a pinch more garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Cover and steam until the asparagus is just tender, 5 to 10 minutes.  Return chicken to the skillet and warm through.

Stir chicken mixture into pasta and mix well.  Let sit about 5 minutes.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Stir again and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (4).


(1)     I only had 8 ounces but it worked fine.

(2)     Or just use jarred garlic.

(3)     I also added 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

(4)     Whatever kind of Parmesan cheese you have is fine but I used shredded Parmesan instead of canned Parmesan.

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