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One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne

Penne Pasta and juicy chicken simmered in a mouth-watering Manwich cheese sauce. This will soon become a huge family favorite! 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

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One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne

4.84 from 6 ratings
Penne Pasta and juicy chicken simmered in a mouth-watering Manwich cheese sauce. This will soon become a huge family favorite! 


  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 15 oz. can Manwich Bold,, + 1 can water (fill the Manwich can with the water)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound penne
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese*


  • Heat butter over medium heat in a deep sauté pan. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with desired amounts of salt and pepper.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until chicken is white and cooked through.
  • 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. Serve away!


*I like to mix it up with the cheese by using half regular, half sharp, and sometimes adding Velveeta cheese to the mix!


Calories: 761kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Cholesterol: 162mg, Sodium: 1781mg, Potassium: 826mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1695IU, Vitamin C: 17.5mg, Calcium: 850mg, Iron: 3.7mg
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54 comments on “One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne”

  1. Love love love this recipe! We don’t get manwich in NZ so I found a recipe for a homemade version and it was so good. We did find the cheese a bit much so I only used 3 cups but I guess that just comes down to personal taste. Will most definitely be making this one again!

    • I’m so happy this is such a hit with you guys! Great to hear you were able to find a homemade version of manwich sauce, yum!🙌 Thanks so much for the great comments and for taking the time to leave a review!

  2. Hi there! This recipe looks delicious! Do you have to precook the pasta?

  3. I too have had this recipe saved for around 4 years and it originally said 1/2 lb pasta. It’s still good!

    • Hey Jennifer! This has me so perplexed! I just checked my revision history one more time and there is no trace of it ever being changed! This is such an old recipe of mine that I almost forgot it exists so I doubt that I would have altered the amount of pasta like that. I believe you, but I’m just wondering what’s going on, hahaa. I just asked my friend who has been making this recipe ever since I published it and she said it’s always been a pound. Very very confusing. Is it possible that someone posted this recipe on another site and has it listed as 1/2 pound? Who knows! I’d love to get to the bottom of it, but, either way, I’m glad that you enjoy the recipe!!

  4. I usually love this recipe….however, I have always only used 1/2 a pound of penne. I clicked on this recipe today, just as a guideline, and it calls for a full pound. I screwed up and used a full pound because I wasn’t paying attention and my dinner is completely dried out and nothing but pasta. So upsetting. Please, if you are following this recipe, only use a 1/2 pound of pasta!!!!!!!

    • Hey Jessie, I’m really confused by that because this recipe has never said 1/2 pound of pasta (I have the revision history, only 5 minor edits have been applied and none of them were to the actual recipe, just small word changes). Very strange…. did you do anything else different from how it’s written? Did you remember to add the can of water that it calls for?

  5. Hi, can you use regular manwich sauce? I don’t have the manwich bold.

  6. Help? I was not able to see how many cups of water is needed!! 

  7. Perfect amazing and quick dish. One of my family favorite dishes

  8. Try using Bone Broth. It had 3x the protein as regular broth, making this even healthier! There are flavors such as Lemongrass, Chamomile/Lavendar, etc.

    OK, where I work makes these flavors, but it’s all I use nowadays. (I’ll tell you the company I work for if asked)

  9. At what point is the chicken combined with other ingredients? It never says?

  10. For the nutrition facts, is that per serving or for the entire dish? And what would a serving be? This is delicious! Second time I’m making it!

    • Hi Amanda! This recipe makes 4 servings and the calories are per serving! The number of servings are right at the top of the recipe card for your future reference too! I’m soooo happy that you like this recipe and thank you for rating it!! 🤗

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