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Penne alla Vodka with Chicken

Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken

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This delicious and tender Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken is a wonderful Italian-American pasta dish that can be made as a simple weeknight dinner or served as a special occasion meal. The pink sauce is creamy but bright and loaded with flavor.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 2539 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded to an even thickness or butterflied
  • 1 pound penne
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • Rub chicken breasts on all sides using 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with half of the salt and black pepper.
  • Place chicken on the grill and cook without moving for 3 minutes or until the edges begin to turn white. Turn the chicken one-quarter turn and continue to cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and for 3 minutes before turning one-quarter turn and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 5 minutes. Slice before serving.
  • Meanwhile, cook penne according to package directions. Drain well.
  • As the pasta and chicken cook, prepare the vodka sauce.
  • In a large (12-inch) skillet over medium heat, add the remaining olive oil and butter. Allow the butter to melt and then add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion is softened.
  • Carefully add the vodka to the skillet (being aware of any open flames) and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes and remaining seasonings.
  • Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and stir in the heavy cream.
  • Add the penne to the skillet and carefully toss in the sauce. Serve topped with grilled chicken and grated parmesan cheese.


Serving: 6gCalories: 2539kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 339gFat: 85gSaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 977mgSodium: 1135mgPotassium: 5714mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 608IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 9mg
Keyword penne alla vodka
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