Chicken Penne Alla Vodka recipe is a scrumptious, one-pot chicken pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in a creamy vodka sauce. This easy penne alla vodka will save your busy weeknight…or date-night!
Flatten chicken breast to 1/2” thickness using the flat side of a meat tenderizer.Lightly season both sides with SALT, PEPPER, and PAPRIKA.
Heat OLIVE OIL in an 11” skillet (or 3 qt pot) on medium-high heat
Sauté the CHICKEN BREAST on both sides (about 3-5 minutes each side) until it’s fully cooked (it should read 165° internal temperature of a meat thermometer.
Remove the cooked chicken breast and set aside. Allow it to rest a few minutes, then slice it into 1/2” thick pieces. You’ll add this back to the pasta in at the end.
To make the penne alla vodka
In the same skillet on medium-high heat, sauté ONION, GARLIC, and SUN-DRIED TOMATOES about 3 minutes until onion is tender.
Pour VODKA over the vegetables and allow to cook for a minute.The vegetables will easily release from the bottom of the pan (this is called deglazing).
Stir in MILK, CHICKEN BROTH, PENNE, SALT, and CRUSHED RED PEPPER; adjust heat to HIGH and bring everything just to a boil.
Then, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook about 10 minutes until pasta becomes al dente. No need to stir.*Note: mini penne takes about 10 minutes and full-sized penne takes about 13 minutes to reach al dente texture.
Fold in SPINACH and COOKED CHICKEN to the pasta; cover, and continue heating until chicken is warmed through, stirring as needed.Note: Pasta will soften a little more during this process.
Add PARMESAN CHEESE to the pasta and stir for a minute as the sauce thickens; serve warm.
Pro tip: Just before serving, stir in a splash of chicken broth, milk, or heavy cream to the pasta. This is a restaurant trick that gives the pasta dish a lustrous appearance and texture.
Yield: 8 cupsServing size: 1 cupNutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are estimates based on unbranded ingredients acquired from a nutrition database. For accurate calculations, please refer to brand packaging information and consult your nutritionist.