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I need help with Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco

jj16

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Mar 12, 2009
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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:)
 

pamperedlinda

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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!
 

Chef Kearns

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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.
 

DebbieJ

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

Nfldfran

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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
 
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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:
 

jj16

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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
 
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