Grilled Chicken Penne Goodness And A Pampered Chef Giveaway

I’m giving away a beautiful stoneware Deep Dish Baker from The Pampered Chef as featured in this recipe this week on my review blog…check it out!

I was first introduced to the Cult of The Pampered Chef when I was in my late 20s and newly married. I like to call Pampered Chef crack for the kitchen. Here you are with a new mortgage on a condo and a co-worker invites you to a some kitchen party which you agree to go to because you’ve heard there are yummy appetizers and after the demonstrations you get the twitchy need to max out your Visa because you must have a Crinkle Cutter or for the love of God the Suds Pump! Plus you know your husband won’t mind because normally your idea of fancy appetizers consists of jar salsa poured, delicately of course, into a ramekin.

Ahhhh the days of my youth.

Someone representing Pampered Chef e-mailed me this summer about trying their new Deep Dish Baker and it took me about two seconds to respond yes. I need all the motivation in the kitchen I can get.

I’m not the best cook in the world, but I thought I’d share a recipe I made last week with the baker. I love pasta and the fresh garlic and cherry tomatoes made the house smell like an Italian bistro. If you don’t own this deep dish baker you could certainly improvise. This made a ton of pasta and the hubby and I ended up having it as leftovers the next night with a spinach salad…love Marzetti’s Honey Balsamic Dressing, you must try it.

Grilled Chicken Penne al Fresco

4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
3 cups uncooked mezze penne pasta
3 cups chicken broth
3/4  cup dry white wine such as Chardonnay
1/2   tsp each salt and coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, divided
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed)
2 cups diced grilled chicken breasts
Additional grated fresh Parmesan cheese and coarsely ground black pepper (optional)


1. Spray Deep Covered Baker with olive oil. Slice garlic into baker using a garlic slicer. Add tomatoes. Cover; microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Crush tomatoes. Add pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper.

2. Return baker to microwave; cover and microwave on HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely chop basil and reserve 2 tbsp for garnish.

3. Carefully remove baker from microwave and remove lid, lifting away from you (very important unless you want to give your face a serious steam treatment). Add remaining basil, cheese and chicken to baker; mix well. Garnish with reserved 2 tbsp basil, additional Parmesan cheese and black pepper, if desired.

You can substitute more chicken broth for wine (I used Smoking Loon Chardonnay, which was recommended to us by the always helpful staff at West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart, also known by the girls as the bottle store.)


Visit Rachel’s blog, A Southern Fairytale, for more Mouthwatering Mondays recipes!


  1. Jill says:

    The deep dish baker is awesome to do a quick and easy pork loin in the MICROWAVE, too!!!!!! Can’t believe it? Try it!!!!

  2. Melanie B says:

    this really is up my alley! I LOVE pasta dishes, especially with veggies and garlic. I think the bite of the wine sounds lovely to offset the creaminess

  3. Carol says:

    Wow, seems like a lot of wine! I think it likely burns off in the cooking process. Definitely a very nice recipe.

  4. Blonde Mom says:


    It basically “cooks” the wine if that makes sense. You can add more chicken broth instead, though!

    And Carol No. 1:

    You could do less garlic. It was a lot to me and I LOVE the garlic.

    There was a little left even after a second dinner so we added more grilled chicken, Alfredo sauce, and some crumbled cooked bacon for dinner a third night!

  5. Shelley says:

    Coincidentally, I made this dish last night. I had a Pampered Chef bridal party where I discovered this lovely recipe and deep dish baker. The idea of cooking in the microwave is very appealing! I stick to the recipe except for two things: I put the chicken in the same time I add the pasta AND I add more cherry tomatoes. The hubby and I love tomatoes. I think I might try leaving the cherry tomatoes out next time and instead add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and bacon pieces.
    .-= Shelley´s last blog ..Flooding in Central Kentucky =-.

  6. Kelly Ann T. says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I grill alot of chicken at a time and then use it in different recipes. This looks like one the whole family would eat. Thank you

  7. My3Sons33 says:

    Wow, this sounds actually do-able for me! I don’t experiment much, with 3 picky boys. And it looks great, especially considering it was made in the microwave. I will definitely try this – thanks for the recipe!

  8. Geoff K says:

    This sounds delicious – and fairly easy to make, which is even better. I’m a vegetarian, so I’d most likely sub grilled veggies for the chicken and more wine for the chicken broth (no problem there!), and I’m looking forward to trying it out. Thanks!

  9. Pamela S says:

    This sounds and looks like a yummy dish my whole family would enjoy. And it even looks easy enough for me to make! Thanks so much.

  10. Sarah C says:

    Oh gosh, I am so hungry right now and that looks awesome! I would probably leave out the grape tomatoes and sub chicken stock in, but otherwise it looks fabulous.

  11. Jessica says:

    This looks really good, I can’t wait to to try it! I’m totally addicted to The Pampered Chef even though I only have two pieces so far, this stuff is so durable!

  12. Brenda says:

    That looks delicious! I love creating new pasta dishes. I am printing this out right away! Thanks for the great recipe idea.

  13. Lindsay says:

    Wow, what a great recipe. I love anything that uses big chunks of tomatoes. We used to grow tomatoes and have fresh ones to cook with. I miss that now that I ilve in the desert.

  14. Eric says:

    This is a really great recipe. I think that my partner would really enjoy it if I made this for her this weekend.

  15. LC says:

    This sounds so good! I love pasta especially during the Fall. This sounds like such a great dish to curl up with on a chilly evening.

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