Fire up your grill or your cook-top, I’ve got an easy, healthy Chicken Margherita topped with melted light mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, and a tomato basil topping. It tastes like the ever-popular pizza version only on top of chicken instead of a crust. This makes a delightful low-carb dish. Each serving has 269 calories, 12 grams of fat and 4 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 4 Green. Serve with my recipe for Skinny Garlic Green Beans.
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
4 (5 oz each) boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
4 slices light mozzarella or provolone cheese, see shopping tips
3/4 cup pizza or marinara sauce, from a jar
½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes halved
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup packed basil leaves, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a large bowl combine chicken breasts, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Toss to combine.
2. To Grill Chicken-Cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side until cooked through. Top each piece of chicken with 3 tablespoons pizza sauce and a slice of cheese, close grill, and cook another minute or so until cheese is melted. Remove to a plate.
3. To Cook Chicken on Cook Top-To a large nonstick pan add seasoned chicken breasts. Cook for 4-5 minutes (depends on thickness). Turn over and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove chicken breasts to a baking pan. Top each breast with 3 tablespoons of pizza sauce and 1 slice of cheese. Place in preheated 400 degrees oven. Bake for 5 minutes, until cheese, is melted. Remove to a serving plate.
4. In a small bowl, toss together tomatoes, lemon juice, basil, and a little salt and pepper. Top each chicken breast with about 2 tablespoons tomato mixture.
Serve immediately or it can be reheated in the microwave or oven.
Makes 4 servings
Pizza Margherita (more commonly known in English as Margherita pizza) is a typical Neapolitan pizza, made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil. In June 1889 a chef invented a dish called ”Pizza Margherita,” to honor the Queen and the Kingdom of Italy since the toppings–tomato(red), mozzarella (white), and basil (green)–represented the colors of its national flag
Olive Garden serves a Grilled Chicken Margherita with grilled chicken breasts topped with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil pesto, and a lemon garlic sauce. If desired, you can top your chicken with store-bought pesto instead of pizza or marinara sauce.
I just discovered Sargento Ultra Thin Provolone Natural Cheese Slices. It has just 40 calories a slice. I used 2 slices for each chicken breast. Or use 1 slice of light mozzarella cheese or ¼ cup light shredded mozzarella cheese per chicken breast.
Serve with my recipe for Skinny Garlic Green Beans. You’ll be all set for dinner!
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 4-Blue
WW SmartPoints 4-Green
WW Points Plus 7
269 calories, 12g fat, 4g sat. fat, 96mg chol, 38g prot, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 607mg sod, 3g sugar
|FACTS: for FreestyleSmartPoints
123 calories, 3g sat. fat, 9g protein, 2g sugar