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Caprese Chicken Penne

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Caprese Chicken Penne

Does anyone besides me ever get in a recipe rut? I was there this week and couldn’t think of anything to make for dinner. I was tired of our go-to recipes and had a taste for something different, but didn’t know what. I needed a recipe that would be easy to create, budget friendly and delicious.

I had heard about a Pasta Matchmaker recipe generator on the Mueller’s® site and decided to check it out first. The Pasta Matchmaker claims to have 30 different recipes using various Mueller’s® pasta noodles and I needed one of them A.S.A.P. 

I love making pasta dishes, but after 23 years of preparing them, I find myself making the same recipes over and over. I wanted something new and only had a few hours before dinner to come up with a plan. After answering a few questions the Mueller’s® Pasta Matchmaker Quiz returned the perfect pasta dinner inspiration based on my mood, the occasion and who I was cooking for. 

Within a minute of taking the quiz, I had a promising new pasta dish to make. It’s a recipe I’d never made before and it was sauce-free which is a change from how I make typically my pasta dishes. I’m going to share the recipe with you, but make sure go here, take the quiz for yourself and find your perfect pasta match.

After seeing my results I was excited about cooking dinner. I did a quick workout at the gym then stopped by Food Lion to pick up the ingredients I needed.
Caprese Chicken Penne
What I love about the results I received is that they met my eating style, my husbands, and my children’s. I love fresh vegetables and flavors, while my husband won’t eat a meal without meat. My kids, on the other hand, love having a starch with dinner because it’s so filling. This dish is the perfect combination of all of our wants. Take a look at how my dish turned out.

Caprese Chicken Penne
Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 15 min Serves: 4 

Caprese Chicken Penne


  • 16 oz. Mueller’s® Penne
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 c. fresh basil leaves, chopped or cut into thin strips
  • 10 to 12 ounces cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Caprese Chicken Penne


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions: drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes and basil, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes, until chicken is heated through.
  5. Add cooked pasta and mozzarella cheese to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Caprese Chicken Penne

Caprese Chicken Penne

You can find all of the Mueller’s® pasta on the pasta aisle and ingredients for this recipe at Food Lion.

Before you go, let me also mention this Pasta Matchmaker Challenge where you can put your own spin on a Mueller’s® recipes and submit for a chance to win prizes. The Challenge dates are as follows:

  • Challenge #1: January 1 – January 21
  • Challenge #2: January 22 – February 4
  • Challenge #3: February 5 – February 18
  • Challenge #4: February 19 – March 4
  • Challenge #5: March 5 – March 18
  • Challenge #6: March 19 – April 1
To see the Pasta Matchmaker dishes other amazing bloggers have created click here.

Caprese Chicken Penne


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12 thoughts on “Caprese Chicken Penne

  1. I'm a huge fan of pasta and it's my usual choice for dinner. I love the idea of this fresh, flavorful recipe! Not a lot of ingredients and penne is one of my favorite kinds of pasta!

  2. I love anything that involves chicken and this looks so much delicious. The combination of Mueller’s Penne with other ingredients makes it amazing and the pictures are making me so hungry that I want to try it right away!

  3. This looks so great! Simple and quick, I love pasta days. So much you can do with either a lot or a little. Great looking dish!

  4. I've never tried this dish but have pinned it for later. This would be great for my lunch at home. Thanks Saidah!

  5. This Pasta Matchmaker quiz is awesome! My husband and I had fun putting in all different answers to generate a variety of recipes to try on those days when I have no clue what to make for dinner. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! #client

  6. Why didn't I read this post this morning. I was going a little crazy as I didn't know what to cook for dinner today. But I now know what I am making to eat for tomorrow this recipe.

  7. That Pasta Matchmaker recipe generator sounds fun! Yeah, I think everybody gets into a recipe rut. So this quiz is going to be fun. Your caprese chicken penne looks delicious. Hope we end up making something as tasty!

  8. I got hungry just from looking at the pictures. I love how its an easy meal to cook. I work late so thia is a perect meal to cook during the week and have left overs.

  9. This looks like a perfect weeknight meal! There's nothing worse than coming home and then having the task of dinner on your shoulders. This looks like it'd come together quickly!

  10. This sounds like the perfect meal to try soon. We need some new weeknight meals!

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