Chicken Penne with Red Pepper/Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

 

We love our pasta in this house!!!  I am still making about 3-5 new recipes each week, and I want to share more of them!  This one was became a quick favorite and I am happy to say we ALL ate our dinner when this was served (hooray)!!

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Ingredients:

2-5 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp olive oil

2 tsp dried herbs (poultry blend)

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 1/2 C uncooked whole wheat penne pasta

1 yellow bell pepper, diced (good to purchase organic)

2 T finely chopped fresh basil

Red Pepper Sauce

1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped

2 tomatoes. coarsely chopped

1/4 unsalted raw cashews

1/4 whole fresh basil leaves

1 clove garlic

1 shallot, halved

fresh ground pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Preheat grill to medium -high. Diagonally score (1/4inch deep) chicken breasts and rub with a thin coating of oil, dry rub and black pepper, dividing evenly. Grill chicken for about 7 minutes per side until juices run clear when pierced with a fork (or, roast in oven for about 20 minutes.)

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Set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes, then chop. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water to remove sticky starches; drain well and set aside. Prepare red pepper sauce: In a blender or a food processor, add all sauce ingredients; blend until very smooth. In a large bowl, toss pasta with 1 to 1 1/2 cups red pepper sauce, yellow pepper, chicken and basil.

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We served this up with some French bread on the side for the boys…YUM!!!  This was so good, I cannot wait to make it again!!  Give a try and let me know what you think!!

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