Slice the chicken breasts thin about 1 cm thickness and 2 inches in length. Mince the garlic. Rinse the tomatoes and halve the large ones.
Bring salted water to boil and cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking heat a heavy bottomed skillet.
When hot add 2 tbsp olive oil. Keep the heat at medium and add the minced garlic, chili flakes and Italian seasoning. Let it cook for 30 seconds or till the flavors to infuse the hot oil. Add 1 C coconut milk and ½ tsp salt and cook the sauce until it is beginning to boil , about 1 minute.
Stir in the chicken and top with the frozen spinach . Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
Open the lid, stir and check to see make sure that the chicken is cooked through. If more sauce is preferred add 1 C stock or pasta water. Mix 1 tbsp corn starch to 2 tbsp cold water and mix into the sauce. Lower the heat to simmer and add the drained pasta.
Top with the grape tomatoes . Gently stir so that the sauce coats the pasta.
Cover the skillet and tun off the heat. Let the pasta rest for 5 minutes , drizzle ½ C coconut milk all over and serve.
Use your favorite pasta in this dish - penne, linguini, or fettuccine
When using corn starch it is important to let the sauce come to a full boil after adding it. This ensures that all the cornstarch is cooked and reaches its full thickening potential.
AP Flour can be used in place of corn starch. Use 2 Tbsp of AP Flour and make sure that the sauce comes back to a boil after adding it.
The grape tomatoes gets warmed through while the pasta is resting. They still hold their shape.
Do not forget to drizzle the coconut milk in the end. This releases fresh aromas.
For a more creamier richer sauce use 2 cups of coconut milk in the sauce .
Fresh spinach can be used as well. Add the spinach to the sauce after the chicken has been cooking for 5 minutes.
The nutritional values of the dish will depend on the actual ingredients used. The calorie information is only approximate.
For detailed instructions go to https://oventales.com/penne-with-chicken-and-veggies/ .