Balsamic Chicken Pasta Bake with Zucchini Noodles


Packed with plenty of vegetables and tons of flavor, this chicken pasta bake is inspired by the ingredients in a caprese salad.

Balsamic Chicken Pasta Bake with Zucchini Noodles
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 ¼ pounds chicken cutlets

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 4 cups zucchini noodles (12 oz.)

  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  2. Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer; cook until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, add tomatoes and Italian seasoning to the prepared baking dish; stir to combine. Nestle chicken into the tomatoes; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes.

  4. While the chicken bakes, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Off the heat, add zucchini noodles and stir quickly. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.

  5. Remove the pan of chicken from the oven; increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Top the chicken with mozzarella slices. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F and the cheese has melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

  6. Divide the spaghetti and zucchini noodles among 4 plates. Top with the chicken mixture. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and sprinkle with basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
11g Fat
33g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. chicken + 1 1/2 cups spaghetti-zucchini mixture + 1 Tbsp. balsamic reduction + 1/4 cup basil
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 39g 78%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 316mg 14%
Potassium 827mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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