5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne

5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne is the ultimate weeknight dinner! So beyond easy, just a handful of ingredients, and perfect for the entire family.

This 5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne will be ready and on the table in 30 minutes or less. It still amazes me how keeping things this simple can be SO delicious, but it’s true. Garlic, olive oil, chicken sausage, rainbow chard, penne, and parmesan- that’s all folks. And of course a little salt and pepper. Talk about easy!

5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne

What kind of Chicken Sausage should I buy for this 5 ingredient dinner?

There are so many different brands of Chicken Sausage that I truly love. It depends on which grocery store, however, I try to look for any organic chicken sausage. A few brands that I love are Applegate, Aidells, Bilinski’s, True Story, and Trader Joe’s has an organic one that I love too!

Is Chicken Sausage already cooked?

Mostly all chicken sausage links pre-packaged are already cooked which saves so much time! It’s healthy, delicious, and so easy to incorporate into pastas, soups, sheet pan meals, etc. However, be sure to check the label to make sure it is, in fact, pre-cooked!

5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne

Can I substitute another green if I can’t find rainbow chard?

Yes, most definitely! Spinach or kale are great and easy substitutes. Feel free to add any other veggies that you have on hand as well. This recipe is super easy to tweak depending on what you have in the pantry/fridge!

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5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne

5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne

Five Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard Penne- so quick, simple, and delicious.  Absolutely perfect for busy weeknights!

  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x


  • 23 T olive oil
  • 3 chicken sausages, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan
  • 8 oz penne pasta, cooked per instructions on package.
  • Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  When hot, add chicken sausage, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until nicely charred.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic; cook another 30 seconds-1 minute, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Now add rainbow chard, and sauté for a 2-3 minutes, or until wilted.
  4. Add parmesan, penne, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the skillet, and toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately!
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  • Reply
    May 29, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Looks amazing delicious as usual Tipps????Love you! ❤️❤️❤️

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    Mc gravis
    April 25, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Cannot get enough of this! Great way to use up leftover sausage and greens of any kind. Good leftover too

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      April 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Love it!! Thank you!! My 5 ingredient meals are meant for just that– easy substitutions– using whatever you have on hand!!

  • Reply
    June 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    One of my favorites! And so easy!

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