Slow-Cooker Penne with Chicken and Broccolini
Why This Recipe Works
With its enticing combination of moist chicken, fresh broccolini, and sweet red bell pepper, this rich sauce pairs perfectly with whole-wheat penne. We chose bone-in chicken breasts, which stayed moist throughout the cooking time and also added a deep chicken flavor to the sauce. To build the base, we microwaved the aromatics—onion and garlic—along with oregano, red pepper flakes, and a little olive oil. Then we added the chicken broth and the chicken. For a little more depth and brightness, we added a splash of white wine. And to thicken the sauce enough to coat the pasta properly, we simply added a little tapioca at the outset. As this flavorful base simmered with the chicken, it took on a deep, complex flavor. Once the chicken was tender, we removed it from the slow cooker, let it rest briefly, then shredded it into bite-size pieces. Meanwhile, we microwaved the broccolini and then added it and some grated Parmesan to the sauce along with the chicken for a bright, fresh, and healthy pasta dinner.