Dairy Farmers of Canada

Cheddar Chicken Penne

This is the Cheddar Chicken Penne recipe.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
Yields 6
cheddar chicken penne


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter divided
  • 1 lb (500 g) boneless skinless chicken cut into strips
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 2 tart cooking apples thinly sliced
  • ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) 35% whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried cranberries
  • 12 oz (375 g) penne or other short pasta
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded old Cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh chives
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In a large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat; brown chicken strips, in batches; transfer to a bowl.

Add remaining butter to skillet. Add green onions, apples, nutmeg, 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper; cook, stirring, for about 3 min or until softened. Add vinegar, scraping any bits stuck to pan. Stir in Cream and cranberries; bring to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring often, for about 3 min or until slightly thickened.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta for about 10 min or until tender but firm. Drain and return to pot.

Add chicken and any accumulated juices to sauce; simmer for about 3 min or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Pour over cooked pasta and sprinkle with cheese; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with chives.


Left-over turkey can be used instead of the chicken

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 442 Calories
Protein: 31 g
Carbohydrate: 54 g
Fat: 11 g
Fibre: 4 g
Sodium: 632 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 15 % / 162 mg
Folate: 57 %
Niacin: 73 %
Thiamin: 30 %
Vitamin B6: 24 %