Grilled Chicken Penne al Fresco

Ingredients:  

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 Cups grape or cherry tomatoes

3 cups of uncooked penne pasta

3 cups of chicken broth

3/4 cup of dry white wine such as chardonnay

1/2 tsp each of salt and coarsely ground black pepper

1 1/4 Cups light packed fresh basil leaves, divided

1 oz parmesan cheese, grated

2 cups of diced, grilled chicken breasts

Directions:

1)  Spray ceramic dish (I have the one from Pampered Chef) with olive oil.  Slice garlic into baker.  Add tomatoes.  Cover:  microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes.  Crust tomatoes.  Add pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper.

2)  Return ceramic dish to microwave; cover and microwave on HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stiffing after 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, coarsely shop basil.  (I cheat here and just used the kind from the spice section.)

3)  Carefully remove ceramic dish from microwave and remove lid,  lifting away from you.  Add basil, cheese and chicken to baker; mix well.  Garnish with basil and additional parmesan cheese and black pepper, if desired.

 

You can substitute the cooking wine for equal amounts of chicken broth, if desired.

Chicken- I usually throw 2 chicken breast in the crockpot in the morning and let them cook all day til it’s time to make dinner.

 

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