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Balsamic Tomato Chicken and Pasta

Note: This recipe is especially for kids with lactose intolerance, who need to limit or avoid dairy products.

Enjoy this flavorful, lactose-free pasta dish with a side of garlic bread and your favorite vegetable.

Prep time: 45 minutes


  • 18 ounces chicken breast, cut into small pieces (½" square)
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces) diced tomato
  • 1½ cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • cooking spray
  • 3-1/3 cups cooked pasta


  • kitchen scissors
  • stove
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons


  1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Sauté onion, garlic, and mushrooms for 5 minutes over low heat.
  2. Add chicken pieces to skillet and cook over medium high heat until no longer pink.
  3. Once chicken is cooked, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and dried herbs to the chicken mixture.
  4. Mix together well and simmer over medium low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. For each serving, top 2/3 cup of cooked pasta with 1 cup of chicken and sauce.

Serves: 5

Serving size: 1 cup of sauce with 2/3 cup of cooked pasta

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
434 calories
37 g protein
4 g fat
64 g carbohydrate
3 g fiber
125 mg cholesterol
552 mg sodium
88 mg calcium
6.4 mg iron

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:

  • Use low-sodium canned tomatoes and tomato paste if you want to decrease the amount of sodium.
  • Add soy cheeses, such as mozzarella or parmesan.
  • If you want a thicker sauce, add more tomato paste.
  • If you want a thinner sauce, use less tomato paste.

Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD
Date reviewed: July 2015