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Three Cheese Chicken Penne


THREE CHEESE CHICKEN PENNE
Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Makes 4 servings

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Italian salad dressing
3 cups penne pasta
15 ounces alfredo sauce
8 ounces combination of shredded Italian cheeses (mozzarella, parmesan, and provolone)
4 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts into a large bowl, pour the Italian dressing over the chicken breasts. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours (or longer if you want more flavor).

In a medium bowl combine tomatoes, basil, and garlic. Toss with olive oil. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook according to package directions.

Lightly grease the grates of an outdoor grill. Heat the grill to medium high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it onto the grill. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken breasts turning at least once until fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the grill and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Slice the chicken into thin strips.

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Drain the noodles and toss them with the alfredo sauce. Stir in the sliced cooked chicken. Pour into the casserole dish. Top with shredded cheeses. Place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the cheese is lightly brown and the mixture is bubbly. Top with tomato and basil mixture for serving.


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