Our rich and chunky Organic Bontà Della Marinara sauce clings to the penne in this dish, which is topped with a flash-fried basil leaf just before serving. It's an incredibly delicious marriage of flavors that makes for an exceptionally satisfying weeknight dining. This protein-packed dish is an easy way to make a favorite meal feel new again. Our Organic Bontà Della Marinara marries a skillet Chicken and Penne with Flash-Fried Basil delivers the robust flavor of chicken and bright flavors from quick-flash fried basil for a satisfying dish that goes from stovetop to table in just 20 minutes.
4 oz. penne pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (5-6 oz.) chicken breast, pounded out to an even thickness
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium shallot, diced
1 (24 oz.) jar Bontà Della Marinara Sauce
1/3 cup vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil
4-6 fresh basil leaves
Cook penne until it’s al dente according to package instructions. Drain, and rinse under cold water to stop it from cooking. Reserve.
In a large cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Season chicken with salt, oregano, dried parsley, and pepper.
Cook chicken for 7 minutes without turning it. Flip, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until chicken registers 165 degrees with a meat thermometer. Reserve.
Add shallot to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes, or until softened.
Thinly slice the chicken. Add cooked pasta and sliced chicken to the pan. Pour in desired amount of pasta sauce, and stir well to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low.
While the dish is warming through, add vegetable oil to a 5-inch skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, have a lid for the frying pan at hand.
Add the basil leaves to the oil, and cover immediately with a lid. When the oil stops popping after about 1 minute, remove the lid. Remove the fried basil with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.
Top the chicken with the fried basil, and serve immediately.