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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 votes
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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52 comments on “One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne”

  1. Absolutely delicious!! I never even thought about cooking with manwich besides with beef! Very clever idea…I’ll be checking in for more great recipes! Thanks for sharing!! My kids love it!

    • I’m so glad that you liked it Tonya! I never everrrr would have considered using Manwich sauce either before this recipe. My husband and I love it, (actually, this reminds me that we’re due to make it again!)- I’m so glad that the kiddos love it too, WIN!! 😉 Have a great day!

  2. this was recently shared on buzzfeed food HAD i had to come look. definitely making this tonight!!

    • Hey Natalie!!! Ohhhh I hope you enjoyed it last night!! It’s pretty easy to make, right!? It’s one of my husband’s favs and I LOVE it too- and I’m not even a huge Manwich sauce person- it just blends really well with the cheese and pasta though! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!!!

  3. I never even THOUGHT of using manwich in anything other than what it was intended for.

    I must try this!

    • Thanks Kylee! I KNOWWWW though when I first discovered this secret use for Manwich sauce I died… *died*!!! It’s sooo good! Thanks for visiting!!

  4. Started making it, rolling right along, and I got to the “Add chicken broth, Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe Sauce…………….WATER, and pasta to the pot. What water?

    • Right next to where it says manwich sauce- it says a can of water:) (The manwich can)

      • Hi Mandy,
        Sorry for the confusion. You can add a little bit of oil along with the butter if you’d like, but it’s actually not even necessary. If you do wish to add it, a tablespoon or so is perfect 🙂

  5. Oh no, it’s midnight and now I’m craving this pasta! I should read your blog so late at night haha! Looks yummy!!

  6. How delicious and inviting Stephanie! Yes please!!

  7. This is definitely a recipe my family would love, chicken, cheese, pasta and easy to make. Mom, toddler and husband approved! (pinned for later)

  8. Whoa! I need this in my life 🙂

  9. This looks like a comfy meal to me! Delicious!

  10. Thanks Elaine! I definitely like the fact that you can make it all in one pot too, less dishes and it’s easier all around 🙂 Happy FF, thanks for visiting!

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