Healthy Meals Monday: Penne with Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Asparagus

This Penne with Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Asparagus is so easy to throw together and tastes absolutely amazing.

Sometimes it is hard to find an asparagus recipe that isn’t smothered in white sauce. I was so excited when I found this recipe because it has asparagus and is better for you than most pastas.
It was so easy to whip together. I had a busy day, and didn’t want a meal that required a lot of time and my attention.
This was the perfect recipe. It was simple, full of flavor, and so easy to make. If you are looking for a simple and delicious dinner recipe, that even the pickiest of eaters will love, give this one a try.
Pasta lover or not, I think you will have a new family dinner favorite.

how should the chicken be prepared and cooked?

I am a total chicken boiler. I boil my chicken every time. However, in the summer, I am a chicken griller, and put grilled chicken in everything.

You could also use an instant pot, or bake chicken, or even use rotisserie chicken, as a short cut. Most grocery store deli’s also sell pre cooked and shredded chicken, that would save a lot of time as well.

Either way, just as long as you have chicken, this recipe will be delicious.

sneak in other vegetables:

The thing I love about this recipe, is how easy it is to add extra veggies, and still have it taste delicious. I prefer the asparagus in this recipe, but you could easily use or add any veggie you prefer.

Here are a few veggies that would be delicious chopped up, in this recipe:

  • carrots
  • zucchini squash
  • yellow squash
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • corn
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

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Healthy Meals Monday: Penne with Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Asparagus
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  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup of cooked, cut chicken.
  • 1 box whole wheat Penne Pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat the oven to 400°. Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the spears into 1-inch pieces. Put the asparagus on a baking sheet and toss with the oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer until 3 tablespoons remain. Stir in the brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat.
  3. Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the butter, vinegar, asparagus, Parmesan, chicken and the salt. Serve with additional Parmesan.



434 cal


29 g


23 g


17 g
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