This dish is really three separate pieces that get thrown together at the end into a delicious pile. I think you'll like it.
Chicken and Broccoli Penne
2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2" - 2" pieces
3-4 stalks of fresh broccoli cut into florets (approximately 4 cups)
2 cups penne pasta
1 cup chicken broth, divided
3 TB olive oil, divided
2 TB balsamic vinegar
2 TB fresh lemon juice, divided (approximately 1 lemon's yield)
1/4 cup plus 2 TB Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp of each altogether)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Toss broccoli with 2 TB olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Spread in an even layer on the cookie sheet.
Roast for about 25 minutes stirring 3-4 times during cooking to ensure they are evenly browned. Once broccoli is done, remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Toss roasted broccoli with 1 TB lemon juice and 2 TB Parmesan cheese. Set aside. *Side note: This broccoli also makes an excellent side dish all on its own.
2. Once the broccoli is in the oven, fill a small saucepan (or similar pot) with 2/3 cup chicken broth and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil. Add 2 cups penne and cook until al dente. About 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside.
3. As your pasta begins boiling, heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 TB olive oil. Season your chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper to taste and add to the heated skillet. Saute, flipping chicken occasionally for about 5 minutes until the pieces are almost cooked through.
Next add 1/3 cup chicken broth, 2 TB balsamic vinegar and 1 TB lemon juice to the pan. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to simmer for 5 more minutes then remove from heat.
4. Add cooked pasta, roasted broccoli and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to chicken in skillet. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
This recipe makes 4 generous servings that top out at 500 calories and 16 grams of fat a piece. You can top each serving with a little extra Parmesan if you so desire.