Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta

4.88 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews )


Roasted chicken marinated in fresh herbs and garlic with Italian Penne Rigate Pasta, organic sun-dried tomatoes and spinach mixed in a rich garlic-parmesan cream sauce and finished with fresh basil

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16 reviews for Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta

  1. Reviewer profile image
    5 out of 5

    Christian Pelzl

    Delicious meal

    One of my favorites from pinnacle foods. Nice texture, delicious taste.
    BUT (and this is my general experience with all their meals!): I would recommend to use a little less than the recommended 1.5 cups of hot water. I am using like 10oz and from my perspective the texture and creaminess gets way better generally.

    6 of 6 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Gavin Ryan

    As good as homemade

    I dehydrate my own meals before going camping, because I can make them healthier and tastier than buying the generic dehydrated meals. However, the Pinnacle meals are amazing and just as good if not better than the meals that I make.

    5 of 5 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Daniel Pace

    Good meal

    I like this meal. Nice flavor and everything rehydrated pretty well. The sauce was a little thin but it wasn't bad. I saw one of the reviews mentioned using slightly less water - I would probably try that next time to see if the sauce tightens up a little more. Overall this is another great meal from Pinnacle and one I will buy again.

    5 of 5 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    1st try with Pinnacle Foods - Best Freeze Dried Meal I've had

    I ordered a variety of meals from Pinnacle recently and just got a chance to try the Tuscan Chicken. I've tried most of the other options out there (MH, PR, BP, etc...) and this beats them all. As another reviewer said, it tastes like something I made at home or ordered at a restaurant. Freeze-dried meals are expensive but with this quality, $16 is worth it now having tried it. Hearty and delicious as prepared per the directions. I agree with others, that I would use a little less water and leave it for a little more time next time as is the case with most F-D meals I've eaten. Can't wait to try the others I've ordered!

    3 of 3 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Quick and easy!

    If you’re looking for a no frills, delicious meal, this is for you! It needed some salt added, but otherwise it was great after a long day on trail. I had to let it rehydrate for a few more minutes than suggested (around 16-18) to get the chicken full rehydrated, but that was fine. Set it and forget it! I love penne pasta so this was a no brainer for me. Definitely a tasty meal!

    3 of 3 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Oh. My. Gawd.

    Incredible! Big chunks of chicken breast, beautifully seasoned, satisfying. This is my favorite between this brand and another competing brand. Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5



    Great food love the food only needed 10ounces of water I opened the bag after 6 minutes to check on it.looked perfect closed the bag for another 6 minutes.just perfect.the best food it’s like having a chef accompanying me on my trails.

    2 of 2 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Pinnacle makes the best freeze dried meals I have had. On trips, I look forward to these above all else. I dry my own meals and they are quite good - better than most freeze dried. The meals from Pinnacle beat out my own cooking.

    2 of 2 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Another Winner!

    I have tried every backpacking food brand version of this and Pinnacle's version is hands down the best. It tasted amazing after a long day of heavy backpacking. All the ingredients re-hydrated greatly at 12,000+ feet. I just ordered more of these.

    2 of 2 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    High energy meal after a long day...

    This meal is delicious and hardy after a long day on the trail. Thick creamy sauce with tender noodles and big chicken pieces. Highly recommend this meal over similar meals from others. Pinnacle meals taste like you made the food yourself, no joke.

    2 of 2 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Best ever

    This is the best backpacking meal I have ever had. Do not stop making this one!

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    4 out of 5


    Mixed feelings...

    Don't get me wrong this is an amazing meal. As with all their meals, the flavors and textures are spot on. And I'd prefer this meal over soooo many others out there. This is just one of my least favorite from Pinnacle. However that's saying that the home run was only 400 ft instead of 415 ft... They still killed it with one compared to the other grub that's out there.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Trevor D

    Like the name says

    This camp meal is truly the pinnacle of what solid camp nutrition should be. I chose to sample the creamy Tuscan chicken while the rest of my camp mates cooked up sirloin steaks this last weekend and truly, several of them were staring my meal down because it looked and smelled amazing. I love the high calorie/ounce ratio and expect to buy this and more from Pinnacle Foods to take backpacking this summer.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5



    I have tried almost any backpacking food brand that exists over the past 10 years. This was the best meal ever! Lots of chicken and other ingredients, great taste and texture and a generous portion!

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Katariina Perkonoja

    The second best flavour

    This was my favourite until Italian Sausage and Zesty Tomato Sauce with Farfalle Pasta, and Parmesan. I'd recommend putting a little less water than instructed if you do not want soup.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Anthony D.

    Wow! I am shocked!

    When I took the first bite while winter camping in Munising for an ice climbing trip this year I was stunned. How could it be this good?!?!?!?! It felt like I put a $25 plate of pasta in a pouch.

    The biscuits and gravy was my favorite of yours but it only took one bite for that to change to this one!

    Everyone should do themselves a favor and buy this one if they haven't yet!

    1 of 1 found this helpful

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Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 850
  • Total Fat: 35 g
    • Saturated Fat: 18 g
    • Trans Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 200 mg
  • Sodium: 1250 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 75 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
    • Sugars: 11 g
  • Protein: 56 g


ChickenWhole Milk (Milk, Vitamin D) • Penne Pasta (Durum Wheat Semolina) • CreamSpinach • Onions • Parmesan (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes) • Unbleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid) • Garlic • Avocado Oil • Dried Tomatoes • Kosher Salt • Fresh Basil • Garlic Powder • Black Pepper • Thyme • Oregano • Fresh Rosemary

Contains: Milk, Wheat