Chicken, Penne and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Penne, Chicken and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

When you’re sick of sticking to salads, sucking yourself into figure-hugging summer dresses and just overall being a good girl and watching your weight, eat THIS. If you still want to maintain a fraction of the good girl, eat a small portion, but have some nonetheless. Lord knows you worked for it!

Oh, you want to know what this is before I force feed it to you? Well, alright. This is creamy, decadent and delicious comfort food at its best. All of the rich, fresh flavors combined – red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, cream cheese, garlic and butter-sautéed chicken – melt. in. your. mouth. Eating this is a divine experience, and it was Tuesday night’s dinner. But wait, it can be yours, too!

It’s simple, really. Just boil some penne, sauté your chicken and vegetables together, then make an easy cream sauce from butter, flour, and cream cheese. Stir ‘em all together and what have you got? Scrumptious, sinful and ooey-gooey perfection on a plate with an amazing aroma and even better taste. Just don’t expect to squeeze into a swimsuit the next day…

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Chicken, Penne and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Yield: Serves 4



Olive oil

1 ¼ cups penne

2 tablespoons butter

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 cups zucchini, sliced 1/8-inch thick

2 cups yellow squash, sliced 1/8-inch thick

1 red bell pepper, sliced 1/8-inch thick

4 tablespoons butter

2 large cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons flour

1 (15 oz.) can chicken broth

3 oz. cream cheese

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


Bring a 4-quart pot of water to boil. Add a pinch of salt and a little olive oil to the water. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside in a colander. Rinse pot and reserve for later use.

In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook until chicken is browned and fork tender, about 5 minutes. Add onion, zucchini, yellow squash and bell pepper. Continue cooking, stirring, until vegetables soften.

In the 4 quart pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat; add garlic. Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in flour and stir until smooth. Add chicken broth, cream cheese, pepper and garlic powder. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sauce is smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and gently stir sauce into chicken and vegetables. Add salt.

Return skillet to medium heat and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve immediately.

Serve with garlic bread and salad, if desired.


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27 Responses to “Chicken, Penne and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce”

  1. #
    warmvanillasugar — July 29, 2011 @ 5:17 am

    The garlic cream sauce sounds so amazing!

  2. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — July 29, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    I have to agree that the sauce sounds really delicious! Simple and so very good. Bookmarking this!

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    thecompletecookbook — July 29, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    An absolute winner of a comfort meal, fabulous.
    :-) Mandy

  4. #
    4 — July 29, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Garlic cream sauce…I’m in!

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    Charles — July 29, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    How do you like your sauce? I have a constant battle with my wife because I like the pasta swimming in the sauce, while she only likes a tiny bit, just to coat the pasta a weeny bit.

    Looks like a great meal in any case – beautiful colours!

  6. #
    Sandra — July 29, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Truly sinful, this picture should be on the cover of a magazine.

  7. #
    Jenn — July 29, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Salads.. that’s what I’ve been forgetting this summer, no wonder why I look god awful in a swimsuit!! LOL
    Love this dish, Georgia! It looks a little like heaven :)

  8. #
    Miss Meat and Potatoes — July 29, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    Mmmmm. This made my mouth water. Love the flavors you have going on in here and you’re right – we deserve it;)

  9. #
    Stephanie — July 29, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Who needs swimsuits and form-fitting dresses when you have THIS? Looks delish, Georgia!

  10. #
    Carole — July 29, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    Just added this to next week’s menu. Looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it.

  11. #
    Magic of Spice — July 29, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    I love pasta dishes anyway, but this cream sauce is fantastic! Gorgeous dish!

  12. #
    dishingthedivine — July 29, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    This looks soooo tasty! And I have loads of those veggies sitting around!

  13. #
    dishingthedivine — July 29, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I have all these veggies in my kitchen right now! :) Yum!

  14. #
    wendyweekendgourmet — July 29, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    This has all my favorite flavors in one pasta dish…I let myself have one big splurge per week, so this is going on my to-try list. Stay cool this weekend…maybe we’ll get some rain from this tropical storm!! Pinning!

  15. #
    yummychunklet — July 30, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    This garlic cream sauce sounds so delicious. Great post!

  16. #
    Karly — July 30, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    That sounds amazing. If only I could convince my picky children to eat all of those veggies in one meal. *sigh*

  17. #
    Baking Serendipity — July 31, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Worth the extra mile at the gym. Especially if there’s bread on the side :) Delicious!

  18. #
    Lynda - TasteFood — July 31, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    This sounds perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — August 1, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    I love pasta dishes and the garlic sauce sounds so good!!! Sharing it on Stumbleupon!!!

  20. #
    jennaseverythingblog — August 2, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Mmm! Well since I don’t have anything planned in the next week or so that involves a bathing suit, it looks like the perfect time to try this! Cream cheese and garlic–yum.

  21. #
    bonnie at sweet life — August 2, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    what a great dish, drooling for the sauce. forget the bsuit..give me a hefty portion!!

  22. #
    Lauren's Latest — August 4, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    I’m SO sick of salads too! Love my pasta intermixed with some veggies.

  23. #
    Yasmeen — August 8, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Georgia. A perfect weeknight meal… my man would absolutely love this.

  24. #
    oneordinaryday — August 8, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Looks wonderful. We are always on the look out for new pasta dishes, esp. when we can add so many fresh veggies.

  25. #
    meeshiesmom — August 8, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    The sauce sounds awesome and love veggies and pasta.

  26. #
    Leslie — August 9, 2011 @ 1:38 am

    YUM! I sooooooo wish I could eat this right now! My damn weight watchers points would laugh at me!

  27. #
    Anonymous — December 4, 2011 @ 1:29 am

    This was one of the best pasta i’ve ever had in my life !!! My bf who normally doesn’t like pasta devoured his meal.

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