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Chicken & Spinach Penne (made with rotisserie chicken)


I'm a big fan of chicken, however, it's not because I'm African American. It's a big misconception that black people love chicken and watermelon, because honestly, I'm not a big fan of watermelon and Madison hates chicken. I also have a daughter who is 100% vegetarian. My love of chicken however stems from the fact that my father used to rear chickens when I was younger. We had a chicken coop and some nice hens with an always very angry rooster. Our chicken coop was in the back, very close to our mango tree, and who doesn't love a really ripe juicy mango? Whenever I would try to get a mango from the tree, the rooster would literally run at me with his beak open to peck me, and I would have to run back to the house, usually crying. I've never been a fan of roosters since then, but I did like eating them. At Christmas, we would have fresh chicken as a meal that my mom prepared and I'm going to be honest with you, there is no better tasting chicken than a grass/feed fed chicken. There are so many ways to prepare chicken and I also enjoy pasta, so putting together a quick simple meal such as my Chicken & Spinach Penne that the entire family, made with rotisserie chicken is always a hit. I am not one for slaving away in the kitchen and this meal is quick and easy. Everyone loves it, with the exception of my vegetarian daughter and Madison, although I do make a vegetarian version for them without the chicken. So if you're looking for something nutritious, delicious and easy to make, try our Chicken & Spinach Penne meal today.

Chicken & Spinach Penne (made with rotisserie chicken)


Ingredients

12 ounces pasta (I used gluten-free)
2 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped
6-ounces fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 small onion, diced
2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2  teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Directions

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat and sauté the onion for two minutes.


Add the chicken, butter, garlic and all of the spices and stir to combine. Cook for one minute and add the broth.


Bring to a simmer and cook until the broth is reduced by about half, which should take about 5 to 7 minutes.


Turn the heat down to low and add the spinach. As soon as it's wilted (which will only take about 60 seconds), add the pasta and a little of the Parmesan cheese.


Continue tossing to incorporate all of the pasta and sauce. As you toss it, add a little Parmesan cheese at a time until it's all used.


Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking before serving.

Serve with extra Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper for those who like it spicy. Enjoy!

Notes:

Rotisserie chicken and gives this delicious, savory flavor, and you'll still have some left to freeze for another meal.

The spinach ads both nutrients and color, but you could add any vegetables you want!



Annmarie John
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  1. I love pasta and this looks delicious. I've never tried rotisserie chicken with pasta but I will now!! It just looks so flavorful!

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    1. Thank you Yanique, it is rather flavorful because of the rotisserie chicken.

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  2. Well this looks delicious! I don't think I've ever made this recipe before. I tend to go for the easy way and use a canned sauce. Next time we get a rotisserie chicken I'm going to try your recipe!

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    1. Canned stuff is alright too but I personally prefer doing my own sauce. You should definitely try it and tell me how you like it.

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  3. This looks so inviting. I love using those chickens, they are so juicy! Great recipe!

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  4. This dish looks delicious! I haven't even thought about what we are going to have for dinner tonight but this will be added to next weeks menu for sure!

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    1. If you do make it for dinner let me know how you like it.

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  5. Oh my goodness I clicked on your link and I instantly started salivating, but then I began to laugh SO hard at the opening of your post. :) I love chicken too. My husband always asks me why I love the yard bird so much, but that's probably because I've restricted everyone from red meat and pork, as well as we're trying to lessen all meat consumption... trying... :)
    Your Spinach Penne and Rotisserie Chicken looks amazing and would totally get gobbled up at my house in no time!
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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    1. hahaha, I just had to say it. Whenever I tell people I love chicken over any other meat, they ask, what about watermelon, as if that's all black people eat. Chicken and watermelon is not a race thing, lots of people eat it and I'm not a fan of watermelon but I do eat it. :) You should give the recipe a try.

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  6. My son would tear this up! I can not wait to surprise him with this meal.

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    1. Oh tell me if you make it whether he likes it or not. The kids love it.

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  7. I like chicken, and pair it with pasta it's a great way to make a delicious recipe like yours here. I love the combination of penne and spinach, yum!

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    1. Yes you'll definitely enjoy this one.

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  8. Looks so fresh and yummy. We eat so much chicken my boys beg for red meat and I have started to branch out more.

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    1. Too much of a good thing isn't a good thing as my mother would say. Variety is after all the spice of life.

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  9. Oh My that looks so good. I'll be over for diner. I love anything with spinach in it or pasta.

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    1. You're more than welcomed to stop by. :)

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  10. I love recipes that use rotissere chicken! It make a busy night just a little bit easier!

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    1. It really does make it easier doesn't it. :)

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  11. This makes great use of a costco chicken. Good old comfort food at it's best!

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    1. It truly does make good use of any rotisserie chicken. :)

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  12. I was just thinking about what I might have for supper tonight. This looks like a great option.

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it. It is rather good. You'll be making it over and over again.

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  13. I love pasta and was so happy when I finally found a brand that is gluten free with a great texture and taste.

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    1. That is awesome. There are a few that are gluten free but I'm happy you found one you love.

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  14. Pinning this! My husband hates all of the rotisserie chicken so this may spice and trick him! Anything to make it easier on me is a win!

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    1. That is great and I hope that you'll all love it.

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  15. I've never heard that misconception, or believed it! I just figured that many of us talk about chicken because it's so easy to cook with, and many kids like it, and many people who don't do red meat will eat it. So that's my theory!
    This is awesome. I love cooking with rotisserie chicken. I'm not a fan of cooking with raw meat.
    And chicken and pasta are made to be together! (not watermelon)

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    1. Oh yeah I hear it all the time. Don't know why they think that, just as they say that "black people can't swim". LOL. Love how you said chicken and watermelon aren't meant to be together. :)

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  16. This looks delicious! I love to use the rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, so much versatility! I typically will make chicken stock out of the bones after we have used to meat for our meal.

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    1. There is a lot of versatility with store bought rotisserie chicken. Great for chicken salad too.

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  17. This looks delicious and perfect for a summer evening! I'll have to add it to our rotation of meals. :)

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    1. If you do, I hope you love it as much as we do.

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  18. OMG. I'm drooling. It looks real delicious! I'm a pasta lover just like you. :)

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    1. Oh then you'll definitely love this. You've got to make it. Trust me!

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  19. I'm totally going to make this. Thanks!

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  20. This recipe sounds amazing and so healthy and one my family would just love thanks for sharing this one and I agree with you that naturally fed is the very best.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you and your family love it!

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