Salsa Chicken with Linguine

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

Yield: Makes 6 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 461
  • Calories from fat: 6.1%
  • Protein: 32g
  • Fat: 3.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 74g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Cholesterol: 45mg


  • 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


  1. 1. Cook pasta, uncovered, in 3 to 4 quarts boiling water until barely tender to bite, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. 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. 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. 4. Blend yogurt with cornstarch. Add mixture and taco sauce to peppers; stir often over medium heat until bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Add the pepper-yogurt sauce and chopped cilantro to the pasta and chicken; mix to coat.
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