Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Pacific Rim Chicken and Farfalle (Bows Ties)

Servings: 6


  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro, leaves and 2 inches tender stems
  • 1 large fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 scallions, including some green, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 12 ounces dry farfale (bow tie) pasta


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the cilantro, chile pepper, scallions, garlic, and ginger. Pulse until finely chopped. With motor running, add the oil and lime juice through the feed tube to form a pesto sauce.
  2. Remove 2 tablespoons of the sauce and divide evenly between the chicken breasts, spreading evenly onto 1 side. Cover and refrigerate chicken breasts for about least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours. Combine remaining pesto sauce with the Parmesan cheese; cover and chill until ready to use.
  3. Light the grill or preheat the broiler. Set a large pot of water on the stove to cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions.
  4. While pasta is cooking, grill or broil the chicken breasts, coated side up about 4 inches from heat source until chicken is done, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, turning once. Transfer chicken to a carving board and cut crosswise into thin strips.
  5. Drain pasta and toss with chicken strips and reserved pesto sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information


Per serving:332 calories (13% calories from fat), 26 g protein, 5 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 45 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges:2.5 very lean meat, 3 carbohydrate (3 bread/starch)


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