One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne

One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne

Things I love: Easy, budget-friendly, one-pot recipes that my husband loves to eat. 

Things I don’t love:  Sneezing, Mayonnaise, loud chewers, hitting my head on stuff.

So let’s focus on the positive. This meal. I LOVE IT. It’s saved me so many stinkin’ times when I’ve had no idea what to make for dinner. I always have pasta and frozen chicken on hand… and if you ever catch me without a full supply of cheese- take me to the doctor. And thanks to this miracle meal, I always stock up on cans of MANWICH sauce: which I used to think was only good for making…err.. Manwiches. Wrong! There’s actually a ton of stuff you can make with it, my favorite being this meal, which I so appropriately deemed to be my “One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne”  😉 All  you need is a deep saute pan and you’re set baby.

One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne

One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne

Penne Pasta and chicken simmered in savory MANWICH sauce with hot, melted cheese: cooked to perfection in a single pot!


  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 + ½  Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Manwich Bold + 1 can water (fill the Manwich can with the water)
  • 2 cups chicken broth –equivalent to 1 (14.5 oz.) can
  • 1/2 pound of penne
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 1 cup regular, 1 cup sharp)
  • 3/4 cup cubed Velveeta cheese (or 5 slices)
  • Salt & Pepper


Heat butter over medium heat in a deep sauté pan. Add onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.

Cut chicken breasts into pieces of desires size. Coat with light amount of salt and pepper.

Add chicken to pot mixture and cook slowly over medium heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is mostly white and no longer pink.

Add chicken broth, Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe Sauce, water and pasta to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted throughout, reserving a handful of shredded cheese to sprinkle on the top. Cover for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt, and stir. Serve!

All images and text ©Stephanie Melchione for The Cozy Cook

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