Penne with Sautéed Chicken, Apples and Cranberries – We Heart Local BC

Penne with Sautéed Chicken, Apples and Cranberries

Penne With Sautéed Chicken, Apples And Cranberries

Tangy and sweet apples and cranberries add punch to this chicken and pasta dish. All you need is a crisp green salad on the side.


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) (divided) Butter
  • 1 lb (500 g), chicken breast cut into strips Chicken
  • 4 sliced Onions (Green)
  • 2 thinly sliced Apples
  • Pinch ground Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Cider Vinegar
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) Whipping Cream
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried Cranberries
  • 12 oz (375 g) Penne or other Short Pasta
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded old cheddar Chives


  1. In a large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat; brown chicken strips, in batches; transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add remaining butter to skillet. Add green onions, apples, nutmeg, ¾ tsp (4 mL) salt and ¼ 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.
  3. 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.

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