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Recipe: Grilled Chicken & Veggies Over Linguine

A simple, light recipe for the grill

Linguine topped with chicken strips, shredded cheese and colorful vegetables

This light, one-dish meal is delicious dish to make on the grill. Use whole wheat pasta and fresh vegetables to make it high in fiber, and substitute a low-fat for a full-fat dressing to cut both fat and calories. Be creative, and use any vegetables in season that you have on hand.

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Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (3 ounces each, about 12 ounces total)
½ zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
½ medium red bell pepper, quartered
½ medium eggplant, quartered
2 Portobello mushroom caps, halved
1 cup (one 8-ounce bottle) low-fat Italian dressing
6 ounces uncooked whole wheat linguine
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Place chicken and vegetables in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Add ½ cup of the salad dressing. Turn to coat. Close bag; refrigerate at least one hour, turning chicken once.
  2. Heat grill, then spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Drain chicken and vegetables, reserving marinade. Place chicken on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from coals. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, turning once and brushing frequently with reserved marinade.
  3. While chicken is cooking, place vegetables cut-side down next to the chicken on the grill. Cook 14 to 18 minutes or until tender, turning once and brushing frequently with reserved marinade. Discard any remaining marinade.
  4. Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and toss with remaining ½ cup of salad dressing.
  5. Remove chicken and vegetables from grill. Thinly slice vegetables; toss with linguine mixture. Slice chicken breasts crosswise, and fan slices over pasta and vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

Nutritional information

Makes 4 servings

Per serving: (One chicken breast plus 1 cup pasta and vegetables)
Calories: 432
Fat: 12 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Protein: 37 g
Carbohydrates: 44 g
Dietary fiber: 9 g
Sugar: 5 g
Cholesterol: 77 mg
Sodium: 490 mg
Potassium: 822 mg

Recipe provided by Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nutrition Support Team.

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