Chicken Mushroom Penne

My wife wanted me to make the chicken spinach penne I made last year. Problem was I didn’t have spinach in the house. Rather than not making a penne dish which is a favourite of hers, I got creative. The only thing I was missing was spinach but I had mushrooms. Just because you don’t have everything for a recipe doesn’t mean you can’t make something that is different yet close to the same.

There are lots of recipes that you can substitute ingredients. Yes I know it maybe easier just to say I can’t make it, but what fun is that. It took me a few years to figure out that you can play with just about every recipe you have. I started out cooking the exact recipe in the cook books and yes they turned out good. Some of the amounts of spices and other things were really not my family’s taste so I started removing some and increasing others. That made me realize that the recipe in the cookbook was the taste the person writing it had not mine or my family’s. It is the same with the recipes I post, there what my family likes. Things like the amount of garlic, which is a lot, is what we like, and may not be what you would use. Just realized that I am getting a little preachy so will stop.

Problem with this modification to the penne recipe i posted last year is it created a debate between my wife and I. She really liked it but said the spinach version is better, I totally disagreed with that. I think this is better but that may be because I love mushrooms.

2 chicken breasts thinly sliced

12 mushrooms sliced

5 cloves garlic minced

1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning

1/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup pasta water

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 box 410 gram penne cooked to package directions

Preheat a frying pan on medium high heat with the olive oil. Add the mushrooms right after you start the penne. Salt and pepper the mushrooms and cook for 1 minutes then add the chicken. Cook for about 2 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add the cherry tomatoes, italian seasoning, and garlic, reduce heat to medium and cook until penne is done stirring occasionally. Drain the penne, add the penne, parsley, and pasta water to the frying pan. Cook for 1 minute stirring for the whole time.

About Graham Stewart

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1 Response to Chicken Mushroom Penne

  1. shobhnaa says:

    Very tempting 😋. Will give a try…

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