From The Kitchen Of Rachelle Underwood

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Penne with Chicken, Cilantro and Tomato

I love cilantro. I first had this recipe a couple of years ago at our friends house and instantly loved it. The flavors taste very restaurant style and with just a few ingredients you can have a one pot meal. I'm not very good with Italian dishes, so this recipe was a hit! It's really good when tomatoes are in season, and I think that that time is just around the corner. If you don't like cilantro, substitute basil, it will taste just as good.

Penne with Chicken, Cilantro and Tomato

6-8 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1/4 c. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 oz. jack cheese, grated (not pre-grated)
2 grilled chicken breast, sliced thinly
1 box penne or bowtie pasta

In a saucepan , combine tomatoes, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and garlic. Cook pasta according to directions, make sure to salt the water liberally to give the pasta flavor. While the pasta is cooking, warm the tomato mixture up until warm/hot. When pasta is finished cooking, drain, place tomatos mixture into a large bowl, and place drained pasta on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese, allowing the cheese to melt, add chicken, and toss all together. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.


Lana said...

This looks delish!

Jwells said...

I'm excited to try this one with josh.. ;) yummmmmmy!!

Andrea Wiseman said...

I made this the other night and it was really good! I like things that don't feel heavy. I think I may try with sun dried tomatoes too. Also I think next time I will make it ahead of time and heat it up because I liked it even more the next day when all the juices were soaked into the pasta. Thanks!!

Rachelle Underwood said...

Andrea, glad you liked it. It doesn't feel heavy at all, I agree. Did you use basil or cilantro?

Misty said...

Cory said this was the best dish I've made in a year. Thanks! It was awesome.


Making this for dinner tonight!

Can I request a recipe? : ) I trust your taste, because I have loved everything that I have made from your website. I need a recipe for a good zucchini bread. I bought a couple huge zucchinis from a farmers market and want to make some bread.

Rachelle Underwood said...

Lonni, I don't have a good zucchini bread recipe! But, If you find one, let me know. I'm always wondering what to do w/ my garden zucchini.