Monday, April 28, 2014

Creamy Basil Chicken

Semi-Homemade!  Quick, easy and delicious pasta dish courtesy of Pillsbury.

If you haven't used italian dressing in your cooking, you are in for a very pleasant surprise!  I also love using Progresso Recipe Starters for a quick and delicious meal when I just don't have the time to spend in the kitchen.

Sometimes I have other things to do besides slave away in the kitchen!


    • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 
    • 1/2 cup Italian dressing 
    • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 to 5 oz each), flattened slightly 
    • 1/4 cup white wine 
    • 1 pouch (9 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy Parmesan basil cooking sauce 


Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. In resealable food-storage plastic bag, place dressing and chicken. Seal bag; refrigerate 15 minutes.

In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Drain chicken, discarding dressing. Add chicken to skillet.

Cook chicken 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Stir in wine; cook until most of the wine has evaporated.

Stir in cooking sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot.

Serve over pasta. Top with basil and Parmesan cheese.

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Grilled chicken breasts can be used instead.
Crusty whole wheat rolls would make a nice accompaniment to this pasta dish.
You can purchase frozen chicken breasts that are already flattened--usually they are smaller in size than the fresh ones.

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