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Weekly Meal Deal: Penne with Chicken & Asparagus

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda @ A Few Short Cuts

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce package dried penne pasta
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves - cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch slender asparagus spears trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  • Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken to paper towels.
  • Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Then stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and steam until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, and warm through.
  • Stir chicken mixture into pasta, and mix well. Let sit about 5 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.