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This creamy penne alla vodka with chicken and spinach is warm and comforting with bright flavors from crushed tomatoes and fresh spinach. Chicken cutlets cook up quickly and offer the perfect complement to the quick and creamy sauce. Serve with a piece of crusty bread and a green salad on the side.

EatingWell.com, August 2022


Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins

Nutrition Profile:



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add penne and cook according to package directions. Drain.

  • Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Cut into bite-size pieces when cool enough to handle.

  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add vodka; cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, cream, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer; cook, stirring a few times, until reduced but still saucy, about 5 minutes. Add spinach; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes more. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices along with the penne to the pan. Stir until heated through. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/3 cups
390 calories; protein 26g; carbohydrates 37g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 5g; fat 14g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 66mg; vitamin a iu 3352IU; vitamin b3 niacin 3mg; vitamin c 18mg; vitamin d iu 13IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 32mg; vitamin k 183mg; sodium 379mg; calcium 69mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 80mg; phosphorus 152mg; potassium 434mg; zinc 1mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 4mg; selenium 30mcg.