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Italian Chicken and Vegetables Over Angel Hair Pasta

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 oz. (250 g) dry whole grain penne pasta
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) bottled Italian salad dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. (10 mL) honey
  • ¼ tsp. (1 mL) crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) canola oil
  • 12 oz. (375 g) raw chicken breast, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 cups (500 mL) of chopped (2-inch / 5 cm pieces) asparagus
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded carrot
  • 1 cup (250 mL) halved grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh basil, for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl, mix salad dressing, vinegar, honey and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken, cook over medium high heat for 8–10 minutes or until chicken is cooked (internal temperature should be 165°F, or 70°C). Transfer from skillet to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.
  4. Add asparagus and carrots to skillet. Cook on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3 to 4 minutes or until asparagus is just crisp tender.
  5. Add dressing mixture to the same skillet. Cook on medium-high heat and stir for 1 minute, mixing with browned bits from chicken and vegetables. Add the chicken back into the vegetable/sauce mixture.
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the chicken and vegetable mixture and toss.
  7. Add the tomatoes, toss, and serve, topping with basil and Parmesan cheese.

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Last revised: May 5, 2015

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