Penne & Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce


This penne pasta recipe is a simple way to bring Italian-inspired flavors to your dinner table.  Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for a hearty, filling meal.

Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce
Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce. Photo: Lee Harrelson
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seed

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into (1-inch) pieces

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 cups canned diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne

  • ¼ cup (1 ounce) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Combine fennel seed, basil, salt, coriander and ground pepper in a small bowl; rub over chicken.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes, turning once. Remove from heat; set aside.

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until garlic is soft. Add tomatoes and wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add chicken, and simmer 5 minutes.

  4. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Toss pasta with sauce in a large bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

446 Calories
7g Fat
57g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 446
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 774mg 34%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 4mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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