Chicken with creamy bacon penne

Chicken with creamy bacon penne

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(76 ratings)

Ready in 10 minutes


Serves 2
This rich, luxurious one pan supper is stunningly simple to make and ready in just 10 minutes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal639
  • fat38g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein48g
  • salt1.86g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 100g smoked lardon (chopped bacon)
  • 4 tbsp dry white wine
  • 100g frozen petits pois
  • 5 tbsp double cream
  • 220g packet 8oz cooked penne


  1. Heat the oil in a deep nonstick frying pan, then add the chicken breasts and scatter round the lardons. Leave to cook over a high heat for 4 minutes while you gather the other ingredients together.

  2. Turn the chicken over in the pan, give the lardons a stir, then pour in the wine and let it bubble over a high heat until it has virtually evaporated. Now add the petit pois, the cream and penne, season, then stir well. Cover the pan and cook for 4 minutes more until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Serve straight away.

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Comments (98)

deilia's picture

What's vermouth?

jose81's picture

Had to do a fairly modified version due to ingredients, but I chopped the chicken into chunks, added a sliced courgette and used vermouth instead of wine - and double the cream. A dollop of Dijon mustard later and it was delicious. No pasta so served it with wet polenta, which complemented it better I thought. Will do again but definitely add onions and mushrooms next time.

kirstycat's picture

I added some crushed garlic, chopped up the chicken and added more wine and cream. Wished I had just added the chicken straight into the wine, as it got a bit tough and chewy from being cooked first! Would definitely make it again, but poaching the chicken in the wine/cream instead would work better I think.

CarolyneJames's picture

Very easy and loved by the who family. I chopped the chicken breast into large chunks for quicker cooking. All cooked in the time it took to boil the pasta.

longtallj's picture

Excellent and very quick. Added an onion, only had a small amount of wine so added chicken stock. Used light Philadelphia with spring onion and black pepper instead of cream. Very yummy!

mootheevilboffin's picture

Isn't that basically a different recipe?

plummy's picture

Delicious. This will become a favourite in our house. I chopped the chicken into bite sized pieces and I did add fresh thyme and mushrooms, because I had them in the fridge and used creme fraiche instead of cream. Took advice from other comments and added some Parmesan and black pepper.

lcronogue's picture

Made this tonight for dinner, it really was very tasty! I did make a few changes, I added some parmesan abd obviously plenty of freshly ground black pepper. This will definitely become a regular weekend recipe for me, but the next time I make it I'll add a shallot. I think that would add so much extra flavour.

sazzlecakes22's picture

Made this last night when a friend came to tea and it went down very well. Really quick and simple recipe and was very yummy. I added more wine and cream in order to make more sauce, left out the peas and added mushrooms instead. My friend enjoyed it is much that she even ate the last bit off the ladle- not the most polite of dinner table behaviour but she obviously enjoyed it.

minibear's picture

Very tasty. I chopped the chicken, chopped smoked back bacon, chucked in about half a glass of wine to help make more sauce, 2 cloves of garlic and half fat creme fraiche. I also added a handful of grated Parmesan to the sauce and more for serving, really tasty, quick & simple little meal. My boyfriend mmmmmmed all the way through eating it and went back for seconds! Will definitely be making again.

jaderoberts91's picture

Forgot to rate!

jaderoberts91's picture

I just made this for dinner using chicken breast strips instead of whole breasts. Added mushrooms and onions to give it abit of a boost - absolutely beautiful!!!

traceyrennie's picture

I doubled this up for the family and chopped the chicken. It turned out really tasty and there were complaints that there were no leftovers or seconds. Will deffo make again and add a little parmesan for extra taste.

chumphreys's picture

This was really simple and tasted lovely, will be making this again and again. Great for a midweek meal.

cjporter69's picture

I added garlic to this and chopped up the chicken so it cooked quicker. I also sprinkled in some cajun seasoning when the chicken was cooking to add additional flavour!

traceyrennie's picture

Could not find cooked penne so had to cook separately. Still a nice dish and easy to make.

morgsh's picture

Very bland, next time will add some strong cheese

joanna1972's picture

This is a fantastic recipe. I dice chicken thigh as we all prefer it to breast meat, having no peas I used Broad beans blanched and popped out of the skin (adds to the prep time, but worth it IMO). Was worried about the lack of herbs, but it really doesn't need it. I also never measure the wine or cream just go for what I have and reduce it as necessary!!!

julesgirl's picture

And I used cabbage instead of peas as I don't like them

julesgirl's picture

I also added Parmesan!


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