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Chicken and Vegetable Penne

This is a recipe that my friend told me about six years ago that her sister made up.  I don't have an exact recipe for it, but it's pretty flexible and easy.  Nothing like chicken, whole wheat pasta and veggies for dinner.  Yum!

Chicken and Vegetable Penne
recipe by me (and my friend's sister)

1.  Cook or grill some chicken (as much as you like).  I usually cook lots of chicken at once, chop it up, freeze it in baggies and pull it out whenever I need cooked chicken for a recipe.

2.  Cook some whole wheat pasta according to package directions (I usually use 1/2 a box).

3.  Steam or stirfry your favorite veggies.  (I used a little onion, carrot, zucchini and broccoli.)

4.  In a saucepan mix together 1/4 c. teriyaki marinade (pictured below), 1/4 c. fat free italian dressing, and a little chicken broth (or just use pasta water).  Sometimes I throw in 2 ice cubes (1/4 c.) butternut squash puree.  Let simmer and reduce while veggies and pasta are cooking.

5.  In a big pot, mix together all four ingredients:  chicken, pasta, veggies, and sauce.

6.  Serve topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese

I use teriyaki marinade like this in the sauce.
I usually serve this pasta with some kind of bread.  Either freshly baked white bread, 1 hour breadsticks or garlic bread (pictured below).  I make garlic bread using whatever bread I already have, spread with butter, sprinkled with garlic powder and parmesan cheese (the green can kind works great).  I pop it under the broiler until browned (just a few minutes) and it's done. 

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