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  • Bowtie Pasta With Chicken, Broccoli, and Feta

This yummy dish provides a tasty way to get your children to eat broccoli

Recipe Source: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals


  • 2 C  dry whole-wheat bowtie pasta (farfalle) (8 oz)

  • 1 Tbsp  olive oil

  • 1 tsp  garlic, minced (about ½ clove)

  • 8 oz  white button mushrooms, rinsed and cut into quarters

  • 4 C  cooked broccoli florets (or 1 1-lb bag frozen broccoli, thawed)

  • 1 C grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced (about 2 small breasts) (Leftover Friendly)

  • 2 C  low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 medium lemon, rinsed, for 1 tsp zest and 1 Tbsp juice (use a grater to take a thin layer of skin off the lemon; squeeze juice and set aside)

  • 2 oz  reduced-fat feta cheese, diced (Heathy Eating Two Ways)

calories 421
Total fat 10 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
Sodium 285 mg
Total fiber 8 g
Protein 36 g
Carbohydrates 49 g
Potassium 697 mg
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 140%
Calcium 10%
Iron 10%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1
    In a 4-quart saucepan, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil over high heat.

  • 2
    Add pasta, and cook according to package directions.  Drain.

  • 3
    Heat olive oil and garlic in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Cook until soft, but not browned (about 30 seconds).

  • 4
    Add mushrooms and heat until lightly browned and soft.

  • 5
    Add broccoli, diced chicken, and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil and simmer for about 3 minutes, until the broccoli and chicken are heated through.

  • 6
    Add pasta, and toss gently.  Continue to simmer until pasta is hot, about 3–4 minutes.

  • 7
    Add lemon zest and juice, and toss gently.

  • 8
    Serve 2 cups of pasta and sauce per portion.  Top each portion with 1½ tablespoons feta cheese.

Leftover Friendly If you don’t have leftover cooked chicken, see basic cooking instructions.


Healthy Eating Two Ways If your children do not like feta cheese, try serving with parmesan or mozzarella cheese on top.

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