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Chicken Pasta Dinner

 Chicken Pasta Dinner
Green beans add nice crunch and a bit of color to this tasty pasta-and-chicken dish from our Test Kitchen that will appeal to all ages.
5 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


  • 4 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, adding green beans during
  • the last 2 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute
  • chicken in 2 teaspoons oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep
  • warm. In the same pan, saute red peppers and garlic in remaining oil
  • for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the broth, 1/2 cup milk, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes or until
  • slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Transfer to

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Chicken Pasta Dinner (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • a blender; cover and process until smooth. Return to the pan.
  • Add chicken to the pepper mixture. Combine cornstarch and remaining
  • milk until smooth; gradually stir into the chicken mixture. Bring to
  • a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Drain pasta mixture; toss with sauce. Sprinkle each serving with 1
  • tablespoon cheese. Yield: 5 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cups equals 345 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 625 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.