Day-Off Diet Penne With Chicken

Go ahead and make it a pasta night with this tasty penne dish. It's a satisfying dinner with eggplant, chicken, and grape tomatoes and will soon be your new favorite meal. 

2/3 cup whole-wheat penne pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups eggplant, cubed
4 pinches coarse salt, divided
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
3 oz cooked chicken breast, sliced
ground pepper, to taste
basil leaves, for garnish

1. Boil penne pasta until al dente; reserve 1/3 cup pasta water when you drain.


2. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and 2 pinches of coarse salt. Cook, stirring until golden, about 4 to 6 minutes.


3. Add grape tomatoes and garlic clove. Cook, stirring, until tomatoes soften, about 2 minutes.


4. Add chicken, reserved pasta water, and pasta. Cook over high heat, stirring, about 3 minutes.


5. Season with pepper and 2 pinches coarse salt. Transfer to plate and garnish with basil.


This recipe originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life and on