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.
Grilled Chicken Margherita

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

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 TipSkinny Garlic Green Beans
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
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


Grilled Chicken Margherita

Grilled Chicken Margherita

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Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 269 kcal


  • 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


  • In a large bowl combine chicken breasts, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Toss to combine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1chickenCalories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 38gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 607mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 4Green Smart Points: 4Plus Points: 7
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