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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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52 comments on “One Pot Manly Cheesy Chicken Penne”

  1. Wondering if anyone has tried this in the Instapot.. I know I would.. but I’m not quite the pro at the IP yet… and with frozen chicken I think it could work.. and like 15 min too… but dump it all in and go? Hmmm, anyone?

    • Hi Kristen! The chicken (if frozen), would cook in about 15 minutes but I have to educate myself on the pasta part, I’m still getting to know it myself! Thanks for giving me something to work on though, I love this recipe!

      • Thanks Stephanie. I’ll work on the original recipe first… looks great… then as I improve with the IP, I might venture out… but for now, I’ll just follow other folks’ recipes. Lol

  2. So good! Made it tonight! Thanks girl!

    • YAAAYYYYY that totally makes my day Heather! My husband is pretty obsessed with this meal!! Thanks so much for letting me know how it came out!

  3. Hello, I’m obviously not from where you are and I don’t know what this Manwich is. Could you please tell me so I could look for a replacement? It seems lovely.

    • Hi Anne! It’s very similar to sloppy joe sauce, are you familiar with that? I hope you’re able to make this, it’s so delicious!

  4. Making this tonight! !

  5. Hey, dumb question, but is the pasta being added uncooked??

  6. I’m a little confused, as to when I’ve got it all mixed in the pot and simmering, am I supposed to let it reduce down to little sauce left in the pot? Maybe that’s a dumb question, but it just seems quite liquidy to me, even after the 25 minutes have come and gone.

    • Hi Lauren, if there is still more liquid than you’d prefer, I would kick the heat up to a boil and let some of the excess moisture evaporate until you’re happy with the consistency, leaving the lid off.

  7. Do you mean one cup of water ? What do you mean by 1 can of water ?

    • Hi Kay! I’m actually referring to the Manwich can, you fill that up with water but I can see how that would be confusing! I’ll make it clearer in the recipe, thank you for asking and enjoy this one, I love it!

  8. If I wanted to double this recipe, would I double ALL ingredients?

  9. Thank you for your comment! I make this meal quite often and it definitely is a quickie, but I did remove the 30 minute specification today, to avoid being ‘incredibly misleading’ 😉

  10. This is a favorite in our house! I’m thinking of trying it in the crockpot- has anyone tried it that way? Tips?

    • Hi Sarah! WOO, I’m so happy it’s a favorite for you! (ME TOO!!)- I haven’t yet tried it in the crock pot, but I think it’d work fabulously so long as you can nail down the pasta so it’s not over or under cooked… if you add the pasta around 30 minutes from when you want to eat it, you should be safe. You can cook the chicken/sauce prior to adding the pasta. GOOD LUCK!!!!! 🙂

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