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Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas

Chicken Penne and Peas with Spicy Creamy Tomato Sauce - flavorful and easy-to-make pasta dish.  Chicken breast is cooked with basil and crushed red pepper in a spicy and creamy tomato Mozzarella sauce with pasta and peas.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 704 kcal
Author Julia


Chicken breast:

  • 1 pound chicken breast , skinless and boneless, halved horizontally
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 10 oz penne pasta


  • 1 cup green peas frozen

Creamy tomato sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce (15 oz can - I used Hunt's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


How to cook chicken breast:

  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. 

  3. Flip the chicken over to the other side and cook for another 3 minutes. 

  4. 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.

How to cook penne:

  1. Cook penne pasta in salted water according to package instructions. 

  2. Add peas to pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water.

How to make creamy sauce:

  1. 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. 

  2. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dry basil, stir and bring to boil - immediately reduce to simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, covered. 

  3. 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.

Assembling chicken penne pasta:

  1. Add cooked and rinsed penne pasta, peas, and cooked sliced chicken to the sauce. Mix to combine. 

  2. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 704 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 890mg39%
Potassium 1079mg31%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 1545IU31%
Vitamin C 24.7mg30%
Calcium 221mg22%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.