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Pampered Chef: I need help with Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco

  1. jj16

    jj16 Member Gold Member

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    I have a show in a week. I've done this recipe before but it was a lot better the last couple of times I did it. The only thing I changed was I used whole wheat pasta. It really seemed bland - not enough flavor for me. Even though the recipe doesn't call for it I also use Sun-Dried Tomato spice and it still seemed bland to me. Does anyone use any other kind of spices or does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!

    jj16:)
     
    Dec 3, 2009
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  2. dannyzmom

    dannyzmom Legend Member Gold Member

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    I double the parmesan cheese and I add a tablespoon of Rosemary Herb Seasoning
     
    Dec 3, 2009
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  3. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I added fresh mushrooms to it - put them in with the pasta to cook. I also add some greek or italian seasoning. Also extra Parm is a must!
     
  4. Chef Kearns

    Chef Kearns Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I got the same results when using Whole Wheat pasta. I just use regular for this recipe. It is very good! The only thing I've ever added to it was fresh spinach at the end. I let it wilt down after cooking.
     
    Dec 3, 2009
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  5. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    I cook the chicken in the grill pan, coated with the sun dried tomato dipping spice. Everyone loves it!
     
    Dec 3, 2009
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  6. Nfldfran

    Nfldfran Member

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    I use Italian seasoning; fresh mushrooms; fresh tomato cut in small pieces and lots and lots of parmesan. We love it! I let it stay in the micro for about 30 min.
    Diane
     
    Dec 3, 2009
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  7. I've actually found leaving out the chicken (making it Penne Al Fresco) allows the tomatoes, garlic and basil to really shine through. The chicken absorbs a bit of this and I find the recipe to boring with the meat in it. Everyone who has tasted both versions agrees with me and prefers when I leave out the chicken. It's a GREAT vegetarian dish to do at your shows.

    I also put in a few extra cherry tomatoes a little and leave out the wine so there is less liquid. :chef:
     
    Dec 5, 2009
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  8. pamscookingshows

    pamscookingshows Novice Member

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    I think it is much better with the garlic done with the garlic press than the sliced garlic!
     
  9. jj16

    jj16 Member Gold Member

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    Thanks for all the help. I tried it again and I also use pressed instead of sliced garlic. I used both sun-dried tomato and italian and I didn't use whole wheat pasta I just used the regular and it was awesome. jj16
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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