Margherita Chicken Recipe
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Margherita Chicken Recipe

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Fresh basil gets all the respect in this super supper—even Forks will stand at attention when it hits the table. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half equals 273 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 606 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 38 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Flatten chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine vinaigrette and garlic. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Drain and discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5 minutes. Turn; top with marinara, basil, tomatoes, artichokes, onions and cheese. Cover and cook 5-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Margherita Chicken in Healthy Cooking August/September 2012, p55

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half equals 273 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 606 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 38 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

Very good. I also used jarred artichoke hearts and broiled instead of grill. After broiling the first side I removed grill rack and did the second side in a shallow broiler bottom pan lined with tin foil. Had to cook it a little bit longer but kept all the great stuff together.

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Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

Wow. Fast, Easy, HEALTHY, and Delicious!!!! This will no doubt become a go-to recipe for us. We did add a slice of prociutto to each piece of chicken, and substituted fresh mozzarella. Yum!!! next time I might sprinkle a few pine nuts on top or sliced black olives. GREAT recipe...Love it! :)

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

Very good! Loved using all the fresh ingredients. However, did substitute canned artichoke hearts as could not find frozen in my grocery store.

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