Recipe: Grilled Chicken Pasta With Spinach and Garlic

Delicious noodles and lighter fare
Grilled chicken pasta and spinach

Here’s a trick to keep from overeating pasta: Use a whole-wheat noodle and include a non-starchy vegetable and lean protein, such as spinach and chicken. This fills your plate and your belly without a focus on starch alone.

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1 lb whole wheat pasta of choice
20 oz raw boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bag spinach (flat leaf or baby)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic
¼ tsp salt and pepper to taste
Vinaigrette dressing for marinade


  1. Marinade chicken in vinaigrette dressing of choice for at least 1 hour
  2. Grill chicken approximately 6-8 minutes per side or until 165F.  Let sit 5-10 minutes and slice into strips.
  3. Prepare pasta according to directions and set aside.
  4. Saute crushed garlic cloves in olive oil on medium heat.
  5. Add fresh spinach and stir until wilted.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if necessary.
  6. Add pasta and chicken to spinach mixture, toss and serve.

Nutrition information

Makes 6 servings. 

Calories: 340
Total fat: 8g
Saturated fat: 1g
Trans fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Sodium: 180mg
Total Carbohydrate: 45g
Fiber: 8g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 25g

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Recipe courtesy of Digestive Disease Health Team Dietitians

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