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Margherita Chicken Recipe

Margherita Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Margherita Chicken

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Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"Fabulous! I my family loved it! They said "Why go out if we can eat at home like this." I didnt have any marinara so I made my own with fresh tomatoes The only thing that would make it better is to use home grown tomatoes. I will definetly be making again when all the tomatoes in the garden are ripe."

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! :)"

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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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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