Grilled Chicken Margherita


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


Ingredients

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


Instructions

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


Food Facts

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.


Shopping Tips

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.

 

Serving Tip
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

SKINNY FACTS:
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

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!