Diabetic-Friendly Lemon Chicken Spinach Pasta

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If you or a loved one has diabetes, finding delicious and healthy meals can be a challenge. But fear not! This recipe for Diabetic-Friendly Lemon Chicken Spinach Pasta is not only packed with flavor, but it’s also low in carbohydrates and high in protein.

Plus, it’s easy to make and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

The star of this dish is the flavorful lemon chicken, which is cooked to perfection with garlic and white wine. Then, the chicken is combined with gluten-free penne pasta (or whole-wheat penne pasta, if you prefer), fresh spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

The result is a light, refreshing, and filling meal that you’ll love.

Diabetic-Friendly Lemon Chicken Spinach Pasta

Course: DinnerCuisine: Italian


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  • 8 ounces gluten-free penne pasta or whole-wheat penne pasta

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, trimmed, if necessary, and cut into bite-size pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

  • 10 cups chopped fresh spinach

  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the white wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the chopped spinach to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to combine everything. Divide the pasta and chicken mixture evenly among four plates.
  • Sprinkle each plate with 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

This Diabetic-Friendly Lemon Chicken Spinach Pasta pairs well with a side salad, such as a simple mixed greens salad or a Greek salad. You could also serve it with a side of roasted vegetables, such as broccoli or asparagus. And don’t forget a glass of refreshing iced tea to wash it all down!

This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, but it’s also great for meal prepping or a weekend lunch. You can make a double batch and enjoy the leftovers for lunch throughout the week.

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