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Spicy Chicken Penne

Recipe by Meredith Jackson RD, Credit Valley Hospital, & Beverley Callaghan RD, Food & Nutrition Consultant/ Cookbook Author Ontario, reprinted with permission from Genzyme Canada Inc.

Spicy Chicken Penne

This dish is great warm or cold, and makes excellent leftovers!


  • 2 cups dried penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb raw chicken breast, cut into 3″” x 1″” inch strips
  • ¼–½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 24 cherry or grape cherry tomatoes
  • 3 green onions, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese


In large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions, without salt.
Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of cooking water and set aside.
In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.
Add chicken strips and cook for 2–3 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium and add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to pan.
Stir in red pepper flakes, garlic, and tomatoes.
Cook for 3–4 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst and chicken is cooked through.
Add green onions and cooked penne to pan; cook for 1 minute.
Stir in basil and parmesan cheese. Add reserved pasta cooking water to reach desired consistency (You may not need all of it).

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 392 KCal
  • Protein: 34 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Fibre: 3 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Sodium: 137 mg
  • Phosphorus: 335 mg
  • Potassium: 639 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 4

Serving size: 1/4 of the recipe

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

4 protein
2 starch
1 vegetable

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup

8 thoughts on “Spicy Chicken Penne

  1. i just join this site for my daughter as she is only 9 an has ckd I’m really liking the recipes here and she really liked this one very awesome!!!!!

  2. Just made this for the 1st time last night. It was a satisfying meal with lots of chicken. I used bow- tie pasta, wish you had a weight instead of cup measurement. Yes, I had to add pasta water and a tsp. of unsalted butter to make some kind of sauce (butter was the fat allowed in my meal plan).

  3. This recipe sounds very good. I only have one kidney and Stage 3 kidney disease. So far I haven’t eaten tomatoes or pasta. Do you think it is something to have once in a while?

    1. Hi Lana – thanks for your comments. It’s always best to confirm with your dietitian, but the recipes on the site are approved for all stages of kidney disease. Portion control is important and making sure you are managing your nutrient intake as advised by your healthcare team.

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