Salsa Chicken with Linguine

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Note: Start heating water for the pasta in a covered pan before assembling the rest of the ingredients.

Yield:

Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Sunset

Nutritional Information

Calories 461
Caloriesfromfat 6.1 %
Protein 32 g
Fat 3.1 g
Satfat 0.6 g
Carbohydrate 74 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Sodium 700 mg
Cholesterol 45 mg

Ingredients

1 pound dried linguine
3/4 pound red bell peppers
1 teaspoon salad oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 bottles (8 oz. each) mild red taco sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

1. Cook pasta, uncovered, in 3 to 4 quarts boiling water until barely tender to bite, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, stem and seed bell peppers and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. In a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir peppers and oil until peppers are limp and browned, 12 to 14 minutes; reduce heat if peppers start to darken too much.

3. Cut chicken into 1/4- by 2-inch strips. When pasta is barely tender to bite, add chicken to pasta water and cook until meat is no longer pink in center (cut to test), 2 to 3 more minutes. Drain mixture and return to pan.

4. Blend yogurt with cornstarch. Add mixture and taco sauce to peppers; stir often over medium heat until bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Add the pepper-yogurt sauce and chopped cilantro to the pasta and chicken; mix to coat.

Dana Luedtke, Portland, Oregon,

Sunset

January 1997
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