Chicken & Spinach Pasta

Chicken & Spinach Pasta might be just the main course you are searching for. One serving contains 314 calories, 33g of protein, and 6g of fat. This recipe serves 4. For $2.86 per serving, this recipe covers 32% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. This recipe from Taste of Home requires cooked chicken breast, low sodium chicken broth, pasta shells, and pepper. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes around 30 minutes. 303 people found this recipe to be tasty and satisfying. With a spoonacular score of 100%, this dish is excellent. If you like this recipe, you might also like recipes such as Rosemary Chicken and Spinach Pasta, Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad, and Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Pasta.

Servings: 4

Preparation duration: 15 minutes

Cooking duration: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast

1 cup fat-free milk

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

1-1/2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 large portobello mushroom, chopped

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Equipment:

sauce pan

Cooking instruction summary:

Directions Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute the onion, mushroom and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add milk and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the chicken, spinach, 3 tablespoons cheese, lemon juice, pepper and pepper flakes; heat through. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 4 servings. Originally published as Chicken & Spinach Pasta in Healthy CookingJune/July 2009, p57 Nutritional Facts 1-1/2 cups equals 396 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 337 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 40 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat. Print Add to Recipe Box Email a Friend

 

Step by step:


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute the onion, mushroom and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add milk and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

2. Add the chicken, spinach, 3 tablespoons cheese, lemon juice, pepper and pepper flakes; heat through.

3. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.


Nutrition Information:

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313k Calories
33g Protein
6g Total Fat
30g Carbs
100% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
313k
16%

Fat
6g
10%

  Saturated Fat
2g
14%

Carbohydrates
30g
10%

  Sugar
5g
7%

Cholesterol
65mg
22%

Sodium
269mg
12%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
33g
67%

Vitamin K
343µg
327%

Vitamin A
6882IU
138%

Selenium
44µg
63%

Vitamin B3
12mg
61%

Manganese
0.99mg
49%

Folate
163µg
41%

Phosphorus
399mg
40%

Vitamin B6
0.71mg
36%

Vitamin C
22mg
28%

Calcium
261mg
26%

Magnesium
103mg
26%

Potassium
888mg
25%

Vitamin B2
0.42mg
25%

Iron
3mg
19%

Copper
0.31mg
15%

Zinc
2mg
14%

Vitamin B5
1mg
14%

Vitamin B1
0.2mg
13%

Fiber
3g
13%

Vitamin E
1mg
13%

Vitamin B12
0.67µg
11%

Vitamin D
0.91µg
6%

covered percent of daily need
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