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Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas

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Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas – flavorful chicken breast cooked with basil and crushed red pepper in a spicy and creamy tomato Mozzarella sauce with pasta and peas. This dish is so easy to make, but tastes and looks like it’s from a fancy Italian restaurant!

chicken pasta with creamy tomato sauce, chicken pasta with peas

First, you’ll season 1 pound of chicken breast (sliced in half horizontally, to make it thinner and quicker to cook) with salt, dry basil, crushed red pepper. Cook the chicken breast in olive oil until it’s fully cooked, then slice it into small cubes:

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cooking chicken in basil and crushed red pepper

Start making the pasta sauce by combining garlic, basil, more crushed red pepper flakes, and tomato sauce (I used one can of Hunt’s tomato sauce) with Mozzarella cheese – Mozzarella will melt nicely and taste so good with the tomato sauce:

making sauce with tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese

Then, add heavy cream:

adding heavy cream to tomato sauce with Mozzarella

Finally, combined cooked penne pasta, cooked peas, cooked chicken together in a homemade tomato cream sauce:

combine basil chicken with peas and creamy pasta in tomato cream sauce

I hope you will enjoy this simple delicious pasta!

Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, skinless and boneless, halved horizontally
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8-10 oz penne pasta
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (I used Hunt's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breast horizontally in half, to make it thinner. Season both chicken breast halves generously with salt and also with 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon dry basil - on both sides.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on high-medium heat in a large skillet. Add seasoned chicken breast halves and cook on one side for about 3-4 minutes on high-medium heat. Flip the chicken over to the other side and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, cover with the lid and let the chicken sit in the skillet off heat - it will continue cooking. After about 10-15 minutes, the chicken should be fully cooked and no longer pink in the center - remove the chicken from the skillet and slice into cubes. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Add peas to pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Creamy sauce:
  5. To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 6 cloves of minced garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes - cook on medium heat for 1 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dry basil, stir and bring to boil - immediately reduce to simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, covered. Add shredded mozzarella cheese to the sauce and stir to melt until cheese is completely melted and the sauce thickens - 30 seconds. With heat on simmer, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and stir to combine.
  6. Add cooked and rinsed pasta, peas, and cooked sliced chicken to the sauce. Mix to combine. If you cooked pasta in salted water, if you seasoned chicken generously with salt and used canned tomato sauce - there is really no need to add salt at this point as everything should be just perfect. Nevertheless, taste your final pasta and add salt if necessary.
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