Chicken, Bacon, and Pea Penne with Maple

Mains / Chicken / Child-Friendly / Pasta / Spring

Chicken, bacon, and pea penne with maple
4-6 portions


  • 500g penne pasta
  • 600g chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 8 rashers of smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 400g baby spinach, washed
  • 150g peas (frozen or tinned garden peas)
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 150g grated parmesan

For the maple dressing:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably golden colour for its delicate flavour)
  • 1⁄2 lemon, juiced and zested


  1. Bring a medium-sized pan of water to boil and season with salt
  2. In a separate pan, fry the chicken until the juices run clear. Then add the bacon and red onion and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes
  3. Add the cherry tomatoes and peas and stir together
  4. Cook the penne pasta in boiling water for 9 – 11 minutes. Drain and add the pasta to the chicken
  5. Remove from heat and add spinach to wilt. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Top with zested lemon and grated parmesan

To make the dressing:

  1. Combine the olive oil, maple vinegar, maple syrup and lemon juice in a bowl and pour over pasta
  2. Stir together to combine and serve

A delicious penne pasta dish with a dash of maple syrup. The sweetness of the maple works particularly well with the smoky flavours of the bacon, making this pasta recipe a must-try for lovers of chicken and bacon pasta with a sweet tooth.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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More about maple

The colour and flavour of maple syrup changes in subtle ways during the seasonal harvest

At the start of the sugaring season, the syrup is generally clear, with a light, sweet taste. It becomes darker with a caramelised flavour as the season progresses throughout the spring.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

Maple spread doesn't contain any butter or dairy products

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple spread comes from the sap of the maple tree that’s all.

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