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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Penne

In need of an easy 30-minute meal?
Then this Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Penne is for you!

roasted red pepper chicken penne

Before we start chatting all things penne pasta, I just want to say thank you!

To all of you who have ordered and promoted my book these past few weeks I will be forever grateful.  My first batch of books sold out in 6 days!  With the demand still there I re-ordered another batch and in just 4 days I've sold another big chunk.

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This book was fun to create and it's even more fun to see you all using it!  Your support means the world to me.  If you are still wanting to order one there is time.  Visit here {make sure if you are local and near me to use the local link to skip on shipping}.

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roasted red pepper chicken penne

Now on to this easy peasy dinner.

Our life right now can be summed up in one word.  CHAOS.  Three kids going in three different directions, two jobs, one dog all in a small house.

Just for giggles this was last night's afternoon and evening schedule {don't forget school all day!}

3:15 - pick up kids from school and take friend's kids and ours to Youth Group at church 
5:15 - early pick up for kid #1 at youth group to take to football practice
5:30 - pick up kid #2 from youth group and take home
5:45 - scarf down this pasta dish with kid #2 & #3
6:15 - take kid #2 to volleyball practice
6:50 - husband and kid #1 arrive home from practice and scarf down this pasta dish
7:45 - kid #2 arrives home and eats a late dinner of said pasta dish

Honestly, I felt like last night was even a bit easier as we didn't have a softball practice thrown in from 3:30 to 4:45.  Whoa!  But reading it I'm reminded it was BUSY.

roasted red pepper chicken penne

We are all busy, I'm not here to say our family is busier than yours.  Hardly.  What I am saying is that our evening dinners I'm guessing look at LOT like yours, so therefore I wanted to create a dish that was quick, yet healthy and tasty.

I made this chicken penne earlier in the day {to photograph - food blogger life} and simply reheated it when everyone eventually arrived home to eat.  It worked great!

Even my son who isn't fond of peppers ate it up {football practice can do that to a kid}.  It's tasty, yet light and doesn't feel like your usual heavy pasta meal.  I love the addition of the sweet roasted red peppers and the creole seasoning.  It's a good combo!  

I had picked up a $4.99 package of rotisserie chicken leg quarters {deal!} at Costco last week and shredding up a bit of that worked perfect in this meal.  Let's face it this meal is cheap and easy.

roasted red pepper chicken penne

I spinkled freshly grated Parm on ours right before serving, because well sharp Parm kinda makes the world go round.  Plus, don't skip out on that fresh lemon zest!  It brightens it up and brings out all the flavors.

I'm calling this my One-Last-Light-Pasta-Dish-Before-Summer-Ends.  As pretty soon we'll all be eating hearty, thick soups and heavy, comforting casseroles.  Don't say I don't ever look out for your waistline!

If you make this penne dish tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll share the love!

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Penne

Yield: 6-8
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M
This quick and healthy pasta dish is easy enough for a weeknight meal or it can be fancied up with salad and side for a heartier meal!


  • 1/2 box penne pasta
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 t creole seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 T olive oil
  • green onions, sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • salt 
  • pepper


How to cook Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Penne

  1. In a pot of salted water boil the penne pasta according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile heat a rimmed skillet to medium heat.  Drizzle in the olive oil and saute the onion until tender.
  3. Add in the garlic and roasted red peppers, stirring to combine.
  4. Transfer the cooked penne pasta and shredded chicken to the skillet.  Gently pour in the chicken broth just until it covers the ingredients (you may not use all 2 cups).
  5. Add in the creole seasoning, salt, pepper and lemon zest and simmer for 5 minutes, continuing to stir.
  6. Stir in the shredded Parmesan cheese, top with sliced green onions and serve warm.


Do not expect a super creamy sauce, since it is broth based - this dish is light and healthy!
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