Chicken Pepperoni

CHICKEN PEPPERONI
SERVES 4 TO 6

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4-6 oz. sliced pepperoni
1 jar marinara sauce (if you double this recipe, use 3)
1 lb. penne pasta
1 large sweet onion, julienned or large chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned or large chopped
1 green bell pepper, julienned or large chopped
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced thick
3 T. minced garlic
1 small can black olives, drained and sliced
1 t. red pepper flakes (optional)
Olive oil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
Grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (optional)

Put 4 quarts water on to boil in 6-quart pot. When water is boiling, add pasta. In hot skillet, add 2 t. olive oil, then sauté onions, peppers, mushrooms and pepperoni until vegetables start to sweat. Add garlic, olives and chicken, stirring often. When chicken is white and onions are translucent, remove from heat (be careful not to overcook vegetables or everything will be too soft). Drain pasta when done. In large bowl add pasta, meat mixture, topped with grated mozzarella, covered with marinara and tossed lightly. Top with grated Romano or Parmesan to taste. Serve immediately.