Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake
This Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake is a quick, easy, and delicious Italian dish your whole family is sure to love. My husband said this was so good. Don’t be intimidated by stuffing the chicken, it only takes a few minutes. You’ll just slice the breasts almost in half to create a top and bottom, open them up, and spread the filling on one side. It’s so simple! The Italian seasoned chicken is stuffed with a flavor mixture of ricotta cheese, basil, parsley, mozzarella cheese and egg, and it’s topped with your favorite pasta sauce and melty mozzarella cheese. I love to serve this with a side salad with balsamic or Italian dressing, but it would also pair wonderfully with a side of pasta. A serving of this Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake is super filling and just 345 calories, 10 grams of carbs, or 7 Green, 4 Blue or 4 Purple myWW SmartPoints, so you may even want to pair it with some wine or a sweet treat for dessert!
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Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake
Yield: 4 (1 stuffed breast) servings
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup fat free ricotta cheese
- ¾ cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 4 (6 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (24 oz total)
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 cup pasta sauce (I used Francesco Rinaldi original)
- Pre-heat the oven to 375. Lightly mist a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, ricotta, ¼ cup of the mozzarella, basil, and parsley and stir until well mixed.
- Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. Sprinkle both sides of the breasts with salt, black pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Using a sharp knife, slice the breasts from the side (creating a top and bottom) almost all the way through. Open each breast at the slit. Divide the ricotta mixture evenly amongst the four breasts and spread across the surface of one side (leaving the other half empty to fold over the filling). When all four breasts are topped on one side, fold the empty half over the filling to make a stuffed breast.
- Transfer each stuffed breast to a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the pasta sauce over the chicken and around the dish. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chicken with the remaining ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Return the dish to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Don’t worry if some of the ricotta filling leaks out into the sauce, you can just heap it all on top when you serve it!
MyWW SmartPoints per (1 stuffed breast) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 7 SmartPoints/ Blue: 4 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers PointsPlus:
8 per serving (PP calculated using the a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
345 calories, 10 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 52 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
Adapted from Clean Food Crush