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Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake



Baked chicken breast topped with skinny basil pesto[1], tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Quick and easy, serve this with pasta for a complete meal.

This is a great way to use up your end-of-summer basil. If it’s still warm out, you can also do this on the grill.



As the weather turns cooler, I’ve been making and freezing skinny pesto[2] in small batches to keep on hand throughout the year. You can freeze them in ice cube trays and measure them out or use small containers like I did here. Enjoy!

Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 piece • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 236 • Fat: 11.5 g • Carbs: 2.5 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Protein: 28.5 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 491 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 (16 oz total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 4 tsp Skinny Basil Pesto[3]
  • 1 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 6 tbsp (1.5 oz) shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese



Directions:

Wash chicken and dry with a paper towel. Slice chicken breast horizontally to create 4 thinner cutlets. Season lightly with salt and fresh pepper.

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment for easy clean-up.

Place the chicken on prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 tsp of skinny pesto over each piece of chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven; top with tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

To Grill: Grill chicken over medium flame on both sides until cooked through in the center.  Lower flame, top chicken with tomatoes and cheese, and close grill until cheese melts.

References

  1. ^ skinny basil pesto (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ skinny pesto (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Skinny Basil Pesto (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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Baked Chicken Parmesan



An Italian classic, lightened up. Baking the cutlet as opposed to frying really lightens this dish up while remaining moist and full of flavor. Serve this over pasta or with a large salad to keep it on the lighter side.



This recipe is from the archives which first made it’s appearance back in 2009. I decided to update the photo because my photo skills were lacking back then.

We all love this dish in my home, it’s perfect for a weeknight yet good enough to serve to company. This is also how I bake my chicken cutlets if you want it without the cheese and sauce. Kid friendly and delicious, make this tonight!!


Baked Chicken Parmesan
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 Serving Size: 1 piece • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts 
Calories: 224.5 • Fat: 8.6 g • Protein: 25 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 1.5 g

Ingredients: 

  • 4 (8 oz) chicken breast halves, sliced in half to make 8
  • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil)
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (I used Polly-o)
  • 1 cup marinara or Filetto di Pomodoro
    [1]
  • cooking spray



Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with spray.

Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl. Lightly brush the butter onto the chicken, then dip into breadcrumb mixture.  Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken.



Lightly spray a little more oil on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over, bake another 5 minutes.  

Remove from oven, spoon 1 tbsp sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with 1 1/2 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese. 


Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

References

  1. ^ Filetto di Pomodoro (weight-watchers-points-recipes.blogspot.com)

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