I've eaten two memorable chicken & broccoli penne pasta with garlic white wine sauce (s) in my life. First, right after college I got a job managing a restaurant. We served this dish and it was so insanely delicious - I never thought I could make it on my own. But it stayed with me over the years and I had it again at a local restaurant near where I live - top notch! I love the combination of chicken, broccoli, pasta, garlic, wine, and cheese. I mean, who doesn't?
Chicken Broccoli Penne Sauce is Easier Than You Think
The great thing about this sauce is that it doesn't require a ton of butter. A little butter, yes, but not too much. The real flavor of this sauce comes from the garlic, chicken broth and wine. It's such a simple sauce to make so don't be intimidated. You got this! This is a very easy dinner and reheats well for lunch too.
As always, I'm cooking with leftovers in mind, so it looks like I'm cooking for an army! I'm prepared with my huge mixing bowl so I can toss all the pasta and chicken together. It's a bit harder if you try to combine all the ingredients in the pan you're cooking it in. There likely won't be enough room so keep this in mind. Any big bowl will do!
This batch of chicken & broccoli penne pasta is enough for 4-6 portions. You can always make a plate of garlic bread too and serve on the side.
This Penne Pasta Will Rival Any You've Had at a Restaurant
Chicken with pasta is one of my favorites (I know, I say that about a lot of things I make because I have a lot of favorites!). But really, this recipe is fantastic and will rival any chicken & broccoli with penne pasta you've eaten at your favorite restaurant.
I use grated shaker parmesan cheese when I mix the pasta together, but I like to finish it and present it with freshly grated parmesan. You know how oils have different smoke points? Well, cheese has different melt points. I use the grated shaker cheese to toss with the pasta because it coats the pasta better than the fresh grated parmesan. The fresh parm will get weird and melty and the pasta will stick together too much. This is why I reserve the fresh stuff as a garnish at the end. This is optional, but I think it's worth it and makes the presentation nicer too. And try not to skip the fresh basil here. It's one of the components that take this pasta dish to the next level.
Need More Pasta and Other Delicious Chicken Dishes in Your Life? I Thought So:
- The Ultimate Spaghetti Lasagna (you'll never make big noodle lasagna again)
- Penne Pasta w/Sausage, Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic White Wine Sauce
- Big Batch, Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce (no meat)
- How to Make Outrageous Chicken Parmesan
- Three Cheese Stuffed Chicken w/Sausage and Red Sauce
- Swiss Chard Pasta w/Lemony Breadcrumbs & Bacon Bits
- Dan Dan Noodles (dandanmian)
- Mie Goreng: Indonesian Fried Noodles w/Rotisserie Chicken
- Insanely Delicious Meatballs
- Roasted Eggplant Towers w/Cheesy Ricotta Blend
I hope you give some of my recipes a try! It's never been easier to be the best home chef you can be. Restaurant prices are skyrocketing so why not learn how to prepare amazing food right in the comfort of your own kitchen? Whether you're cooking for a larger group or just two or three people, you can adapt any recipe on this site to suit your needs. With the leftovers, you've built meal prep into your life without even realizing it. Pack the extras into lunch containers and forget about expensive take-out during your workday. Making a little extra can go a long way in terms of your food budget.Print