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This lighter chicken and bacon pasta is made healthier with Canadian bacon, lean chicken breast, half-and-half, and fresh vegetables. Cajun spices and plenty of garlic take the flavor to the next level!
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Lighter Chicken and Bacon Pasta

This lighter chicken and bacon pasta is made healthier with Canadian bacon, lean chicken breast, half-and-half, and fresh vegetables. Cajun spices and plenty of garlic take the flavor to the next level! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy chicken and bacon pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce/454g) package Barilla Blue Box Penne Rigate
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound back bacon (Canadian bacon) diced
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1/2 small onion chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 ounces white mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (e.g. sauvignon blanc)
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 ounces broccolini cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half 
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Boil a large, generously salted pot of water for the Barilla Penne Rigate. Cook al dente according to package directions (11-12 minutes). 
  • Meanwhile, prep your back bacon, chicken, onion, mushrooms, and broccolini. 
  • Add olive oil to a skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté the onion for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the back bacon and chicken to the pan and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the white wine and mushrooms. Sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, Dijon mustard, and broccolini. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the half-and-half and season with salt & pepper to taste. Let the sauce warm through. Drain the penne and toss with the sauce.
  • Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of fresh parsley if desired.