Recently I stumbled across this recipe from The Art of Comfort Baking for baked penne with chicken and sun dried tomatoes. Yum!!!
Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound Penne
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon Spicy Grill seasoning (I always use the kind for steak)
1/4 cup flour, plus 1 tablespoon
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 Italian seasoning bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook your Penne in a large pot of boiling salted water about 3 minutes short of al dente. Drain and return to pot.
Dice chicken into bite size pieces and toss with grill seasoning. Cook until cooked throughout.
In a large heavy pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium. Add flour and garlic, whisk and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add milk while whisking and bring to a simmer, whisking frequently until sauce thickens, about 6-8 minutes. Add tomatoes, cook for 1 minute. Take off heat and add mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
Add chicken and pasta to sauce and season with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and bubbling.
It is seriously, seriously good stuff. Like, I kind of wanted to just take the baking dish and go somewhere to eat the entire thing all by myself. This recipe includes all the things I love: pasta, creamy goodness, chicken, and bread crumbs. Who doesn't like bread crumbs?
The only problem? The recipe is a little putzy. Meaning, it's not really a whip-it-up-quick type dish that's good for a weeknight. My husband said exactly this "Yea, it's good. But let's not ever make this again, ok?" Say what? That kind of breaks my heart! I think it was all the whisking that did him in. So, we will be making this again, but I think it will be reserved for special occasions. However, if you have plenty of time on your hands and do not have a cranky toddler demanding fruit snacks and movies all night long, then try this! You'll like it!