Pan Fried Chicken with Garlic and Dried Tomatoes on Penne

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I had pulled a boneless chicken breast out of the freezer for dinner but didn’t know what I wanted to cook. So I turned to several cookbooks, read several recipes and this is a mashup of a couple of them. The main driver is from (affiliate link) The Chicken Bible from America’s Test Kitchen but I have altered it very far from it’s beginnings. I found a recipe for pan fried chicken with garlic and I knew I had found dinner.

This was, with all seriousness, the best chicken I have made in a very long time. We were both surprised by how good it was. And it was really pretty easy to make. The hardest part was slicing the garlic.

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Speaking of the garlic, do not be put off by how much you need. It truly mellows as it cooks and it is not harsh or strong at all in the final dish. What you get is a really flavorful sauce that is just amazing.

slice 12 cloves of garlic

If you cannot find dried tomatoes I am guessing that adding the ones in oil would work but I would dry them as best you can before adding them. I cannot speak as to how they would taste in the final dish as I used dehydrated tomatoes from our garden.

Pan Fried Chicken with Garlic and Dried Tomatoes on Penne

Serves 2 – 3

  • 1 large, boneless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup sliced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 TBS all purpose flour
  • 3 TBS olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup dry, white wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound penne
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup crushed, dried tomatoes
  • Dried/fresh parsley for serving if desired
ingredients for the recipe
  • Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne as per package instructions. Reserve about 1 cup pasta water. Drain and set aside.
  • While the penne is cooking thinly slice the garlic cloves
  • Crush/chop the dried tomatoes into small pieces
  • Cut chicken breast into about 4 – 5 slices
  • Using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer, pound the chicken until it is thin.
  • On a dinner plate mix together the 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dredge the chicken slices in the flour. Set aside.
panfry chicken
  • In a large saute pan over medium heat the oil. Pan fry the chicken pieces until lightly browned. Remove from the pan to the plate.
panfry sliced garlic
  • Add the garlic to the pan and stir to keep from burning.
stir in flour
  • Once the garlic just starts to brown stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
stir in white wine, chicken broth and add dried tomatoes
  • Whisk in the white wine, followed by the chicken broth.
  • Add the lemon juice and stir to combine
  • Stir in the dried tomatoes. Let cook for about a minute until softened.
  • When the sauce is lightly thickened add the chicken pieces back into the pan to heat through.
stir in penne, add chicken
  • Add in 3 cups of cooked penne.
  • If needed add some of the reserved pasta water to loosen up the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with fresh or dried parsley before serving
plated panfried chicken

How Was the Panfried Chicken with Garlic and Dried Tomatoes on Penne?

The husband and I both agreed that this was one of the best chicken dinners either one of us had eaten in a very long time. The broth was delicious – very savory with that hint of lemon – and the chicken was super tender. The pasta held the sauce and it was, all in all, a delightful meal.

spinach and orange salad

I served it with a simple spinach and orange salad and it was a perfect meal if you ask me. This will be appearing on my table again.

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