Chicken Penne in Smoky Chili Cream Sauce

Alfredo sauce is enhanced with garlic, chipotle, chili powder, and maple syrup to make a sweet and smoky sauce for this chicken and pasta recipe. Bacon and cilantro provide the garnish for this less-than-30-minute dish.

Chicken Penne in Smoky Chili Cream Sauce
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Cook 10 mins


  • 12 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups prepared Alfredo sauce (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices fully cooked bacon, heated in microwave and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Make It

1. Cook penne following package directions. Drain.

2. While penne is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken for about 4 minutes or until cooked through. Remove to a plate and reserve.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in the Alfredo sauce, chipotle, chili powder, maple syrup and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbly. Stir in the chicken.

4. Place the pasta back into the pot and stir in the Alfredo and chicken mixture. Spoon pasta onto a large serving platter and garnish with the bacon and cilantro.


  • To reduce calories, fat and sodium, opt for a light Alfredo sauce. For a spicier dish, increase the amount of the chipotle chiles.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 674, Fat, total (g): 38, chol. (mg): 111, sat. fat (g): 15, carb. (g): 44, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 35, sodium (mg): 1130, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.