When it comes to my children eating, they eat pretty well, and I am SO thankful for that. But they definitely have their meals that they absolutely love. One of which is Chicken Bacon Penne. For whatever reason, they will ask for bowl after bowl after bowl of this– and honestly… so will we as adults. Its delicious and very easy to make.
It’s a fantastic meal that can be spiced up with a added spices like cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, or left alone. In the summer I also love to throw spinach and cherry tomatoes in it for added flavor and color. But when I don’t have extra vegetables, and dont want the added heat, the original chicken and bacon adds just enough to the pasta that its one you’ll find yourself going in for another scoop.
I make this meal with fresh off the bone chicken breasts, that we raised. Along with our naturally cured bacon that we also raised. Honestly my biggest recommendation is to not skimp on your bacon with this, the “bacon bits” you put on your salad won’t cut it. You’re really going to want to fry some good bacon because it makes the flavor so much better. (don’t forget to keep a slice for yourself as a snack while making this dish.)
When making the sauce I use raw cream, thats freshly scraped from the cream line. But just heavy cream will do! Cream is one of my favorite things about purchasing raw milk. Its my absolute favorite, and I really feel it makes everything taste so much better.
I mean, let’s be honest does it get better that chicken and bacon? I feel like those to meats were absolutely made for each other. This dish is perfect for a Sunday evening meal, grab a pasta bowl and have a family dinner. If you make this let me know.
Chicken Bacon Penne
- 1-2 breast Chicken
- 3 slices bacon
- 1 box penne
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp butter
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 pinch flour
- Fry bacon in a skillet and set aside to cool
- Drain grease from pan, leaving just a little bit of grease to sear chicken.
- salt and pepper your chicken well. (I sometimes even throw a touch of cayenne on the chicken, this is optional) scrape up the bacon scraps up from the pan as you heat your pan back up, and lay chicken down to sear each side of the breast, about 3 minutes until there is a beautiful golden brown color to the sear. Then place in oven at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
- In the mean time put a pot of water on to cook your penne noodles.
- in sauce pan add your heavy cream and butter, and heat it for about 2 minutes. Slowly add your seasonings in stirring constantly, add your cheese and stir until melted. From here I add a pinch of flour just to thicken it a tiny bit. Making sure your parmesan is fully melted.
- Add sauce To drained, and cooked penne noddles top with bacon and sliced chicken breast. and Viola!
- You absolutely can combine all the ingredients into one pot. this is what I usually do for our family. But it looked prettier setting the chicken on top of the noodles!