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Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake

This Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake is a quick, easy, and delicious Italian dish for the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375. Lightly mist a 9x13 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!

Notes

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)
Nutrition Information:
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