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Balsamic Tomato Chicken and Pasta

Note: This recipe is especially for kids with lactose intolerance. Kids with lactose intolerance often need to limit or avoid dairy products.

Your taste buds will really enjoy this flavorful, lactose-free pasta dish. Serve with a side of garlic bread and your favorite vegetable.

Prep time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 18 oz. chicken breast, cut into small pieces (1/2"square)
  • 1/2 c. onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) of diced tomato
  • 11/2 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • cooking spray
  • 3-1/3 c. cooked pasta

Utensils:

  • kitchen scissors
  • stove
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons

Directions:

  1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Sauté onion, garlic and mushrooms in large skillet for 5 minutes over low heat.
  3. Add raw chicken pieces to large skillet with onions, garlic, and mushrooms.
  4. Cook chicken over medium high heat until no longer pink.
  5. Once chicken is cooked, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and spices to the chicken mixture.
  6. Mix together well and simmer over medium low heat for 20 minutes.
  7. Toss 1 cup of sauce with 2/3 cup of cooked pasta for each serving.

Serves: 5

Serving size: 1 cup of sauce with 2/3 cup of cooked pasta

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
378 calories
39 g protein
5 g fat
43 g carbohydrate
3 g fiber
88 mg cholesterol
748 mg sodium
51 mg calcium
3 mg iron

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:

  • Use low-sodium canned tomatoes and tomato paste if you want to decrease the amount of sodium.
  • Add soy cheeses, such as mozzarella or parmesan.
  • If you want a thicker sauce, add more tomato paste.
  • If you want a thinner sauce, use less tomato paste.

Reviewed by: Allison Brinkley, RD, LD/N
Date reviewed: March 2009

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